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Staged Reading - She Kills Monsters

by Qui Nguyen, directed by Benjamin Grubb.
One night only, Monday, January 7th, 2019, 8 p.m. Live Oak Theatre

A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. (Program PDF)

She Kills MonstersWhen Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & 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 young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.  3 males and 6 females in the cast.

Ben Grubb (Director) has acted with Actors Ensemble for the past decade in plays such as True West, Passion Play, and Panhandle. Previous directing credits include Speed-the-Plow, The Wager, and Billy Bishop Goes to War.


She Kills Monsters
by Qui Nguyen

Cast
Tilly………………………………………………… Carly Van Liere
Agnes……………………………………………………..Ariel Dunn
Chuck……………………………………………..Mark Velednitsky
Miles………………………………………………...…Victor Schutz
Lilith……………………………………………….Sara-Jean Bartky
Kaliope…………………………………………………Molly Hanes
Orcus………………………………………………….Patrick Glenn
Vera…………………………………………………..Sarah Negrón
Steve………………………………………………..Elliot Voz-Wolff
Narrator……………………………………………Amanda Ramos
Dungeon Master/Stage Directions..……………….…Tim Bishop
Shadow Puppets……………………………………...Logan Beyer


Staff
Director ......................................................................Ben Grubb
Producer & Publicity & Program…………...……Jerome Solberg
Front of House……...Michael Cohen, Vicki Siegel, Jeff Trescott

SPECIAL THANKS TO:
This production is performed with permission from Samuel French. Made possible by a TBA Cash Grant and with the cooperation of Jon Tracy and the rest of TheatreFirst,

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Qui Nguyen is a playwright, TV/Film writer, and Co-Founder of the OBIE Award-winning Vampire Cowboys of NYC. 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.

Scripts include Vietgone (2016 Steinberg Award, 2016 LADCC Ted Schmidt New Play Award, 2016 Kennedy Prize Finalist); She Kills Monsters (2013 AATE Distinguished Play Award); Soul Samurai (2009 GLAAD Media Award nom); Begets; Krunk Fu Battle Battle; and the critically acclaimed Vampire Cowboys productions of The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G, Six Rounds of Vengeance, Alice in Slasherland, Fight Girl Battle World, Men of Steel, and Living Dead in Denmark.

For tv/film, Qui's written for AMC, SYFY, PBS, and Marvel Studios, where he is an alumni of the Marvel Studios Writers Program. He currently writes for Netflix and Walt Disney Animation Studios for tv and film, respectively. Notable honors include a 2016 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Preschool Animated Program (Peg+Cat), a 2015 NY Community Trust Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, and a 2014 Sundance Institute/Time Warner Fellowship. He's currently under commission by South Coast Rep/Manhattan Theatre Club (The Vietgone Saga), The Geffen, Center Theatre Group/The Goodman, The Atlantic, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

He is a proud member of the WGA, The Dramatists Guild, The Playwrights Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Ma-Yi Writers Lab and an alumnus of New Dramatists and Youngblood. His company, Vampire Cowboys, often credited for being the pioneers of "geek theatre", holds the unique distinction of being the first and currently only professional theatre organization to be officially sponsored by NY Comic Con.

Thank You

Actors Ensemble of Berkeley is delighted to acknowledge the Berkeley Civic Arts Program and Civic Arts Commission's support in the form of a grant of $8,000.00 awarded in 2017. Also, a thank you to Theatre Bay Area for a grant of $2,500.00.

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