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She Kills Monsters – Bradley

Bradley Theatre opens its 2018-2019 season with playwright Qui Nguyen’s popular adventure saga, SHE KILLS MONSTERS, a coming-of-age story set in the role-playing
world of Dungeons and Dragons. Performances are November 8-18, 2018 in the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts.

This high-octane journey of discovery romps through the 1990s world of fantasy roleplaying games. Agnes Evans has tragically lost her parents and little sister, Tilly. When she discovers Tilly’s Dungeons and Dragons notebook and learns that her nerdy young sibling was a celebrated D&D master, she embarks on a quest to discover Tilly’s secret world: a girl-geek’s paradise of woman warriors, bloodthirsty cheerleaders, ninja fairies, and the myriad monsters who provided Tilly’s refuge and offer Agnes a release from her grief.

The uniquely theatrical play, which has become a favorite on college campuses, is a fullsemester project involving virtually every student in Bradley’s Department of Theatre Arts. “This production is one of our most ambitious ever,” notes Scott Kanoff, the play’s director and BU Theatre chair. “The play veers back and forth between small-town Ohio and a D & D world of mountains, swamps, castles, and underworlds. The multi-level set is wall-to-wall; the costume design requires us to fabricate a veritable zoo of fantasy creatures, including she-devils, warrior elves, a behemoth eyeball and a huge gelatinous cube.”

Kanoff further notes that the play’s dozen fight sequences have required intense training and practice with Justin Verstraete, BU Theatre alum and Chicago fight choreographer. “Justin has incorporated so many fighting styles, “Kanoff relates, “”There’s wrestling, hand-to-hand, stick fighting, swordplay – even a ninja-style karate battle between a diminutive fairy and six heavily armed opponents. Plus a Chinese opera-style battle with a five-headed dragon. It’s wild.”

Kanoff adds that while the play is largely comedic, its compelling quest by one young woman to learn about the younger sister she barely knew; its celebration of female strength and agency; and its elevation of “otherness,” whereby so-called geeks and outsiders hold most of the status, fuel “a potent message with strong resonance in the current historical moment.”

The creative team for the show includes Scenic and Lighting Designer Chad Lowell; Costume Designer Nikki Wheeler; Technical Director Johanna Miller; Sound Designer and guest artist, Chicago’s Thomas Dixon; and Media Designer and BU senior animation major, Samantha Concklin.

SHE KILLS MONSTERS inaugurates a Bradley Theatre season devoted to plays about women. Other season offerings include SILENT SKY, about the early 20th century astronomer, Henrietta Leavitt; and SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, adapted from Jane Austen’s popular novel about peripatetic fortunes of two sisters in the late 18th century.

SHE KILLS MONSTERS
Cast
Narrator………………………………………………………..……………..…………….……….……Lluvia Lopez
Tilly Evans…….……………..………………………………………………………………………..Grace Sergott
Agnes Evans ……………….…………………….…………………………….…..….……….……Alicia Vazquez
Vera……………………………………………………….………………………………………..Haley Rapisarda
Miles……………………………………………..…………………………………………………….Devon Swafford
Lilith ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..….Mia Katz
Kaliope …………………………………………………………………………………………………..……….. Susan Falk
Orcus …………………………………………………………………………………………..…………………Jake Winkle
Evil Gabbi …………….………………………………………………………………………………..Claire Sullivan
Evil Tina……………………………………………………………………………………………Ashleigh Owens
Steve…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..Joe King
Monsters ……………………………………..……………………… Zach Daly, Joseph Parker, Britian Pearl
Stage Manager……………………………………………………………………………………………Katie Jo Wilson

About the Playwright

Qui Nguyen (born in El Dorado, AR) is a Vietnamese American playwright[1] and fight director. He is an artistic director of the Obie Award[ and Caffe Cino Award winning Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company, whose productions, penned and choreographed by Nguyen, have performed to sold-out audiences at the New York International Fringe Festival, been published nationally in Plays and Playwrights 2005, enjoyed extended runs throughout the nation, and have been nominated[ for and received award] in movement and fight direction.

Qui’s plays include Vietgone, Soul Samurai, The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G, Alice in Slasherland, Fight Girl Battle World, Krunk Fu Battle Battle, She Kills Monsters, Trial By Water, Living Dead in Denmark, Stained Glass Ugly, A Beginner’s Guide to Deicide, Men of Steel, Bike Wreck, and Vampire Cowboy Trilogy. He is a member of New Dramatists,[] Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center, and the Ma-Yi Theater Company’s Writers Lab. He also began writing for Marvel Studios in 2016. His work with the Vampire Cowboys, particularly in the staging of martial arts, has been documented in a dissertation from the Drama Department at Tufts University.

When:
NOVEMBER 8-18,. 2018
Thurs-Sat, 7:30pm; Sun 2:00pm
Where:
The Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts
1423 West St. James, Peoria, IL 61625
Tickets and information:
Bradley University Cultural Events Box Office
309.677.2650
www.bradley.edu/theatre

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