The California State University, Dominguez Hills Department of Theatre and Dance presents the third show of the 2016-2017 season, “She Kills Monsters,” written by Vietnamese American playwright Qui Nguyen. The production will be performed at CSUDH’s University Theatre March 10, 11, 17, 18 at 8 p.m. and March 19 at 2 p.m.
“She Kills Monsters” is a comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games. It tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons and Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within all of us.
“‘She Kills Monsters’ is a rapid-fire piece written with heart and humor. Showcasing amazing fight scenes and frightening monsters, it draws the audience into the imaginative world of Tilly, a self-professed ‘dorky 15-year-old closeted lesbian,’” says the production’s director Naomi Buckley, a theatre faculty member and alumna. “The play reminds us that storytelling is one of the great gifts of humanity. One that connects us to the past, present and future.”
The play features a plethora of students and alumni. Amber Brice (’16, B.A., theatre arts), who was recently Tracy Turnblad in CSUDH’s production of “Hairspray,” returns to the stage to play the role of Tilly. Theatre student Vanessa Williams will play the role of Agnes, and CSUDH alums Mark Kerr (’07, B.A., theatre arts) and Stephen Farbman ( ’14, B.A., theatre arts) will play monsters.
Qui Nguyen is a playwright, TV/film writer, and co-founder of the OBIE Award-winning Vampire Cowboys of NYC Theatre Company. His work, known for its innovative use of pop culture, stage violence, puppetry, and multimedia, has been lauded as “Culturally Savvy Comedy” by The New York Times, “Tour de Force Theatre” by Time Out New York, and “Infectious Fun” by Variety.
Praise for “She Kills Monsters”
“It will slash and shapeshift its way into your heart.” New York Times
“She Kills Monsters is a much needed exploration of girl geek culture…” LA Weekly
Audience members should be advised that this show has strong language and adult themes and is not suitable for children under the age of 18.
Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors citizens. Group rates are available. For more ticket information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.csudh.edu/theatre/tickets or for other payment options, call the box office at (310) 243-3589.
Parking is located near the CSU Dominguez Hills University Theatre complex in Lot 3. Daily visitor parking permits are $6 and can be purchased, using cash, Visa, MasterCard, or debit cards, at kiosk machines located in each lot. For a campus map, visit: http://www.csudh.edu/VisitUs/campusmap.shtml.
For more information about the CSU Dominguez Hills Department of Theatre and Dance, contact (310) 243-3588 or visit: http://cah.csudh.edu/theatre.