Kill Me, Deadly

by Bill Robens

June 21 – 24, 2019

Quiet jazz music and singing can be heard from a bar, dark figures strolling through equally dark, smoky alleys. A car door slams dully, a Buick LaSalle rushes past, somewhere in the distance you can hear the sound of the sea. The famous Hollywood letters float above all of them, as prophetic as they are threatening. In this world, the Los Angeles of the 40s, lives and works private detective Charlie Nickels, who has to solve the murder of an old lady. A complicated undertaking, because everyone who had contact with the lady has a strong motive for murder…

Bill Robens’ “Kill me, deadly” enchants not only fans of this genre with a lot of noir-feeling and a fantastically beautiful text. The us-American author mixes the ingredients of a classic Crime Noir Story with modern comedy, works with both genres and manages to never let his play lose the necessary seriousness despite parodistic interludes. A must for all Crime Noir fans and those who want to become one.

Directed by

Eva Johanna Onkels


Charlie Nickels – René Glebke
Mona Livingston – Katharina Kröcker
Ida – Claudia Roth
Lady Clairmont – Jazz
Veronica Clairmont – Eva Johanna Onkels
Clive Clairmont – Vinay Krupakaran
Jaime – Sonja Kaufmann
Adrian Wilson – Celina Brost
Louie Shorts – Yannick David Schornstein
Henry – Jan-Philipp Friese
Dewey – Vinay Krupakaran
Jonesy – Sonja Kaufmann
Bugsy Siegel – Jan-Philipp Friese
Fists Johansen – Jan-Philipp Friese
Lady Mary – Celina Brost
Stanley – Yannick David Schornstein
Shirley – Yannick David Schornstein


Jan-Philipp Friese, René Glebke, Sonja Kaufmann, Eva Johanna Onkels, Claudia Roth, Yannick David Schornstein


Katharina Kröcker, Claudia Roth

Make-up and Hair

Katharina Kröcker, Jazz


Claudia Roth
Vinay Krupakaran


Matthias Schaffrath, Emilie Pan



Audio Effects

Vinay Krupakaran

Posters and Programme

Celina Brost, Katharina Kröcker

Public Relations

Eva Johanna Onkels, Sonja Kaufmann, Katharina Kröcker

Great Helping Hand

Emilie Pan


René Glebke, Eva Johanna Onkels, Elisabeth Raasch, Christine Knorr

Special Thanks To

The staff of the Deparment of English, American and Romance Studies (IfAAR) of RWTH Aachen University, especially the staff of the institute’s library; Kulturbetrieb der Stadt Aachen: Sandra Schmitz, Sandra Meis; Klangbrücke Aachen; Lilian Kojan; Matthias Schaffrath; Aachener Hausmeister-Zentrale (WEG Merowinger Residenz)  – and to all those supporting us in making the magic of theatre happen again!


by Thomas Bender