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'She Kills Monsters' opens April 19 in Mark A. Chapman Theatre

Friday, April 13, 2018

"She Kills Monsters"

Qui Nguyen's "She Kills Monsters" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. April 19-21 and April 26-28, and 2:30 p.m. April 29. All performances are in the Mark A. Chapman Theatre in Nichols Hall. 


MANHATTAN — Kansas State University's School of Music, Theatre, and Dance will present "She Kills Monsters" at 7:30 p.m. April 19-21 and April 26-28, and 2:30 p.m. April 29. All performances are in the Mark A. Chapman Theatre in Nichols Hall.

Agnes Evans leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly's "Dungeons & Dragons" notebook, however, she stumbles into a LARP — live action role playing — adventure, including homicidal fairies, nasty ogres and '90s' pop culture in the imaginary world that was Tilly's refuge. Acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all. This play contains adult themes.

Tickets are $16 for the general public; $14 for seniors, military, faculty and staff; and $11 for students and youth. They can be purchased online at k-state.edu/mtd/tickets or by calling 785-236-8638. Tickets may also be purchased one hour prior to the performance in Nichols Hall. All tickets, regardless of purchase method, include sales tax and are free from convenience fees.

"She Kills Monsters" is directed by David Mackay, assistant professor, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. The fight choreographer is guest artist Cara Rawlings, associate professor of movement and acting in the theatre and cinema department at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia. Rawlings is a certified stage combat instructor with the Society of American Fight Directors.

The following Kansas State University students and faculty are in the cast and production staff:

Katelin Woods, sophomore in theatre and mass communications, Clearwater, as Tilly; Grant Rogers, senior in theatre, Clyde, as Orcus; Brooke Merriam, senior in theatre, Derby, as Agnes.

From Greater Kansas City: Michelle Koczan, freshman in fine arts, wardrobe supervisor, and Kerstin Messmer, senior in theatre, sound designer, both from Olathe; Kaitlyn Burns, sophomore in theatre and business administration, assistant stage manager, Sam Neel, junior in theatre, as Miles/Kobald/Monster/Bugbear, and Morgan Lynn Sterrett, senior in theatre, as Lilith, all from Overland Park.

Kristen Cruz, senior in theatre, Hutchinson, stage manager; Will Averna, junior in theatre, Leavenworth, prop master.

From Manhattan: Jessica Bellefleur, freshman in theatre, as Kaliope; Brooke Debow, freshman in theatre, as Farrah/Succubus/Narrator; Michael Duncan, sophomore in theatre, projection designer; Jonah Ericson, senior in English and theatre, prop master; Cody O'Hare, senior in theatre, is the dramaturg and appears as Steve/Kobald/Monster/Bugbear; and Brigid Reilly, senior in theatre, as Vera/Succubus.

Sterling Oliver, junior in theatre, Marysville, projection designer; Emma Price, freshman in theatre, Scott City, assistant director; Gage Stielau, senior in theatre, Syracuse, as Chuck/Monster; Jacob Edelman-Dolan, sophomore in theatre, assistant director, and Breana Tiffany, freshman in theatre, dance choreographer, both from Topeka; and Cole Rockhold, sophomore in theatre, Uniontown, as Kobald/Monster/Bugbear and assistant fight choreographer.


Julie Lea


K-State theatre program