Now I Am Alone

A one man updated version of Shakespeare's Psychological thriller; Hamlet. One man plays the role of Hamlet, Claudius, Horatio, The Gravedigger, and Hamlet's father. The main themes and dramatic events are explored in a symbolic walk through the woods.

What happens when all the characters of Shakespeare's Hamlet are played by one man, and the drama is all in his head? This short film answers that question with a deep exploration into Shakespeare's masterpiece which will leave you thinking!

  • Adam Kiss
    Director
  • Adam Kiss
    Writer
  • William Shakespeare
    Writer
  • Adam Kiss
    Producer
  • Adam Kiss
    Key Cast
    "Hamlet, Claudius, Old King Hamlet, Horatio, Gravedigger, Narrator"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Psychological Thriller
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 30, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    4:3
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • London Shorts Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    No Premiere
    Official Selection, Nominee for Best Short Film
  • The Lift-Off Sessions, Pinewood Studios
    Iver
    United Kingdom
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Adam Kiss

For Full Bio Visit: www.adamkissofficial.com
Adam Kiss is an actor, singer, director, and writer. His debut film as a film maker "Now I Am Alone" is a chilling one man interpretation of Hamlet, in which Adam Kiss plays the roles of Hamlet, Claudius, The Ghost, Horatio, the Gravedigger, and recited his own text as the narrator. He directed and starred in the film, as well as adapting the screenplay from the original Shakespeare.

Adam trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York City, as well as Manhattan School of music, and the Curtis Institute of Music, which is the most selective arts college in the world. Mr. Kiss has plenty of stage experience, and has performed leading roles with professional opera companies, including several roles with Opera Philadelphia, one of the leading opera companies in the entire United States. He alternated as Leporello and Commendatore to universal critical acclaim in Opera Philadelphia’s 2019 new production of Don Giovanni.

Additionally, Adam has performed with the New York City Opera at the magnificent New York City Center Theatre. In May of 2020, Adam was scheduled to Perform in Elektra once again under the baton of conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin in the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall, when the production was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Roles that Adam has performed in professional productions in theatres include Bartolo in The Barber of Seville, Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin, King Arkel in Pelléas et Mélisande, Jimmy in Mahagonny: Ein Songspiel, L’Arbre in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, A Mourner in A Quiet Place, Il Maggiordomo in La Rondine, and many others.

An avid recitalist, one particular recital that Kiss has performed with and toured in several locations is his famed all-Shakespeare recital, which is comprised of arias from Shakespeare operas, songs set to Shakespeare’s text, pieces of musical theatre from Shakespeare-inspired musicals, and monologues and soliloquies from the Shakespeare plays themselves. While touring with this program and being invited by Villanova University to perform the program for their student body in the grand St. Thomas of Villanova Church.

He has performed extensively internationally, in addition to his many performances within the Unites States. Adam has been a frequent performer at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall and Perelman Theatre in Philadelphia. Adam has also performed at the famed Academy of Music in Philadelphia, as well as the Prince Theatre in the same city. In New York City he has performed at Greenfield Hall, Steinway Hall, St. John the Divine Cathedral, The historic and grand New York City Center Theater, The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, and many other locations.

In his career so far, Adam has worked with countless eminent conductors including Metropolitan Opera Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Former New York City Opera Music Director Jayce Ogren, Opera Philadelphia Music Director Corrado Rovaris, famed pianist Philippe Entremont, as well as other famed conductors. He has worked extensively with several famed directors at the forefront of their field, including Tony-winning director Daniel Fish, R. B. Schlather, Emma Griffin, and Stephanie Havey. Adam has also performed in masterclass for opera star Angela Meade to great acclaim.

In addition to singing, Adam is also an accomplished actor. Having attended the world-renowned American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, where such actors as Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, and Robert Redford all trained, Kiss performed in numerous plays and scenes at the venerable establishment, including the leading roles of Dalton Chance in The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Teddy in Painted Rain, Wallace Kirkman in Women and Wallace, as well as Mack the Knife “Macheath” in excerpts from Kurt Weill’s The Threepenney Opera and Frank Butler in scenes from Annie Get Your Gun. At Manhattan School of Music, he performed the leading role of Lee in excerpts from Sam Shepard’s classic play True West. He has also performed excerpts and scenes from several Shakespeare plays, and includes monologues in many of his vocal recitals. Adam even performed Shakespeare monologues in a masterclass at Shakespeare’s house in Stratford-upon-Avon. Adam is also an expert in accents and dialects, and some of the accents firmly in his repertoire are British (Almost all types, including Royal and Cockney), French, Italian, Australian, Scottish, and most types of Continental American accents. In addition, aside from English, Mr. Kiss is fluent in Hungarian, and conversational in French, German, and Italian after studying these languages extensively on his own and in preparation for singing in all of these languages. In diction, Adam was taught by the top diction teachers and coaches in the world in all of the aforementioned languages.

In addition to singing and acting, Adam is a true Renaissance man in that he is an accomplished writer and poet. He was athletically trained in both tennis and fencing.

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Director Statement

The art of performance and storytelling in every form is my whole life and my passion. I have been an actor and a singer all my life, and have been inspired to be a film maker since my imagination was first excited by great films in my childhood. I was motivated to make this film during the pandemic in a time of isolation when performances are not happening. I was fascinated with the idea of making a modern version of Shakespeare's Hamlet where all the roles are present within Hamlet's own mind. This film is meant to strip Shakespeare's masterpiece to its core, and to make the audience perhaps think of it in a different way. Hamlet is alone, as we all are, and that is why this film is called "Now I Am Alone".