The Virginia Wesleyan University Theatre Department will present Qui Nguyen’s She Kills Monsters this week. Performances are scheduled for March 14-17 at 7:30 p.m. and March 18 at 2:00 p.m. in Hofheimer Theater on campus.
She Kills Monsters is the award-winning story of Agnes Evans, who leaves her childhood home following the death of her parents and teen sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the refuge of Tilly’s imaginary world. The production is described as a “high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and ’90s pop culture; a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.”
Directing this theatrical event is Travis Malone, Dean of the Susan S. Goode School of Arts and Humanities and Professor of Theatre. Malone shares the following in his Director’s Note: “As an avid gamer and former Dungeons & Dragons player, this script instantly grabbed my attention…My friends and I reveled in the idea of assuming the role of hero and holding our breaths as each character took their turn, giving themselves over to fate at the roll of the dice… As we sit in the theatre and become members of Agnes’ party, the production gives you a glimpse into a world where even Noobs can become heroes and inspires us to move out of our comfort zones, embrace difference, face our fears, work together, and kill the monsters in our own lives.”
Student cast members include Sarah Puchalla, Abby Horgan, Jakob Steward, Parris Willis, Emily Vial, Aleigha Johnson, Jennifer Vega, Zach Imbriaco, Nich Hipple, Amber Matalus, Emilee Caldbeck, Erykah Scesco, and Angelica Walker. Production team and student designers include Destiny Williams, Micheal McOsker, Kerstin Holman, Jakob Steward, Nich Hipple, Bella Blackney, and Rebecca Kues. Fight choreography by Ryan Quinn McIntire, SAFD, and costume design by Tammy Thornes. Special thanks to community partners, The Generic Theater, Roll4Initiative, and CanvasCosplay.com.
Complimentary admission is available for members of the Virginia Wesleyan community. Public ticket prices are $15 for general admission and $10 for students, seniors, and military. To reserve tickets, call 757.455.3381, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.showtix4u.com.
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