Arts & Leisure

‘She Kills Monsters’ plays in Middlebury

The Middlebury College Department of Theatre will present “She Kills Monsters” by Qui Nguyen and directed by Olga Sanchez Saltveit, from Dec. 2-4, in Wright Memorial Theatre.

This fantastical comedy about the power of imagination takes us to Athens, Ohio in 1995 where we meet Agnes Evans, an “average” young woman who wishes her life was less boring. That wish opens the door to a world of adventure as Agnes discovers that her teenage sister Tilly has led a double life as Tillius the Paladin, Dungeons & Dragons healer of the wounded and the protector of lights! New Landia is unknown territory for Agnes, as is so much of Tilly’s too short life. Will Agnes cross the threshold to learn more about Tilly and herself? Will she take up the challenge to find and free the Lost Soul of Athens before it is devoured by the dark forces of darkness forever? Will the world ever embrace geeks not as outsiders but as awesome?

Award-winning playwright Qui Nguyen is also a TV/Film writer and co-Founder of the OBIE Award-winning Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company of NYC. He and his work, known for its innovative use of pop-culture, stage violence, puppetry and multimedia, has been called “Culturally Savvy Comedy” by The New York Times, “Tour de Force Theatre” by Time Out New York, and “Infectious Fun” by Variety. “She Kills Monsters” received the 2013 AATE Distinguished Play Award. Nguyen’s notable honors include a 2016 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Preschool Animated Program (Peg+Cat), 2016 Steinberg New Play Award (Vietgone), 2014 Sundance Institute/Time Warner Fellowship; and 2012 GLAAD Media Award nominations for “She Kills Monsters.”

The cast of “She Kills Monsters” includes Bella Constantino-Carrigan ‘22, Maggie Connolly ‘23, Francis Price ‘22 and Gibson Grimm ‘22. Courtney Smith designed the set, Mark Evancho lights the show, and Mira Veikley is the costume designer.

“She Kills Monsters” will be performed on Thursday, Dec. 2 and Friday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Wright Memorial Theatre on the Middlebury College campus.  The Friday evening performance will be followed by a Q&A with the director, company members and special guests. Content warning: this play includes homophobic language and actions and some adult language, but is generally suitable for middle school students and older.

Tickets are $15 for the general public; $10 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; $8 youth (under 21); and $5 for Middlebury College students. For tickets or information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or visit go.middlebury.edu/boxoffice. Vaccinations and face masks required.

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