‘She Kills Monsters’ playing at Penn State Centre Stage
UNIVERSITY PARK — Despite its title, “She Kills Monsters” is really not that foreboding. It’s really a comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games.
The show opened Oct. 8 and will continue to run through Oct. 17 at PSU’s on-campus Playhouse Theatre.
Following the Off-Centre production of “Hooded, or Being Black For Dummies,” “She Kills Monsters” is the first Penn State Centre Stage show of the 2019-20 season.
Acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen’s dramatic comedy follows Agnes Evans, a straight-arrow teacher, who she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her nerdy teenage sister, Tilly.
When Agnes stumbles across Tilly’s “Dungeons & Dragons” notebook, she is thrust into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge.
In order to unlock more secrets about her mysterious deceased sibling, Agnes recruits a “dungeon master” named Chuck to help play the quest Tilly described.
As Agnes does so, she better understands and discovers the shy sister she never really knew.
Heading the cast are Penn State students Clara Rose Hanahan playing Agnes, and Kaitlyn Whitesell as Tilly.
Set in 1995 and billed as a “surprisingly sweet tale of friendship,” “She Kills Monsters” is chock-full of “supermodel elves, dominatrix warrior women, fairies with a taste for blood, and nasty ogres.”
Rick Lombardo, Penn State’s producing artistic director, calls this show a highly theatrical, fun-filled and demanding piece of theater.
“It even took two directors to bring it together,” he said.
“She Kills Monsters” is co-directed by faculty members Sebastain Trainor and Eric Raymond Johnson, with Johnson also serving as fight choreographer.
Cheri Sinclair, Centre Stage’s marketing director, notes that this high-octane production has a running time of approximately 90 minutes and is played without intermission.
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