The Fascinating Origins of Kite’s Book: Tales of an 18th Century Hitman

Rahman Dahlrymple in Kite's Book

Kite’s Book: Tales of an 18th Century Hitman by playwright Robert Caisley was actually inspired as Caisley watched the televised coverage of the OJ Simpson trial.   The public fascination with the events and the emotional response to the verdict started Caisley thinking – there’s a story worth telling here about an issue of great significance in the human experience. Caisley, now Head of Drama Writing in the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Idaho, had already been crafting plays for some time. In an article for, he explains that he wanted to explore how the sensationalism of the media could elevate the importance of one criminal and his crime so that it would come to consume the public’s attention. This modern idea, said Caisley “is as near to us as the television sets in our own homes.” However, he chose to set his play “against the backdrop of the 18th century in order to give an audience the necessary distance to view the ‘Thought’ of the play with some objectivity.” He also admits that, as an actor, he enjoys acting in clasical plays and wearing cools costumes.

Click Here to read more of the interview mentioned above with Robert Caisley.

Click Here to read an interview with Caisley about his Kite’s Book hero as a Robin Hood figure.




In a recent interview for Folkheart Press, he says of his hero: “Harry Kite is obviously modeled on the popular cult hero of English folklore, Robin Hood. He is living “outside” the law, but that is only because the laws and lawmakers are so corrupt. So he’s an anti-hero.”  Click Here, if you ‘d like to read the whole interview.


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