School of the Arts

She Kills Monsters

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California State University, Chico’s School of the Arts presents the comedic play She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen. Performances take place Thursday–Saturday, November 14–16, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday, November 16–17, at 2 p.m. in Wismer Theatre. Purchase tickets at the University Box Office or by calling 530-898-6333. Seating is limited and purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.

After the death of her teenage sister Tilly, Agnes discovers an unplayed Dungeons and Dragons campaign in Tilly’s room. In an effort to connect with the sister she ignored during life, Agnes enters the imaginary Dungeons and Dragons world she mocked. She uncovers levels of her sister, who was 8 years younger, that she didn’t know existed in an action-packed adventure filled with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and ‘90’s pop culture.

The story is set in Athens, Ohio, in the 1990s. There are 12 characters: 8 females and 4 males. The play aims to bring the game Dungeons and Dragons to life through Agnes’ imagination as she enters Tilly’s fantasy world. To accomplish this, the production includes costuming for the imaginary world and fight choreography. Because of its strong language and mild adult themes, the play’s target audience is adults and teenagers (ages 14–18).

She Kills Monsters premiered at the Flea Theater in New York on November 4, 2011, directed by Robert Ross Parker. It was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Costume Design. In 2013, She Kills Monsters won the American Alliance for Theatre & Education Distinguished Play Award. The play was then revised in 2016.

The play received a great deal of praise from critics. The New York Times described it as “Deceptively breezy and rather ingenious…It will slash and shapeshift its way into your heart.” Theatremania wrote, “Packed with action, wit, and a sizeable nerd quotient, the production is a delight from start to finish.”

About the Director

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Matthew Teague Miller currently serves as producing artistic director of the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, a professional equity summer theatre in Clinton, Iowa.  His favorite productions include the Iowa Premieres of Disney’s Newsies and The Bridges of Madison County, as well as Les Miserables, Green Day’s American Idiot, Reefer Madness, Damn Yankees and Recent Tragic Events. Professional directing credits include work at Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, Lincoln Theatre Napa Valley, Timber Lake Playhouse, Triad Stage and others. As an actor, Miller spent three years touring the country with the original Broadway production of Les Miserables, where he worked under Tony Award-winning director Trevor Nunn and Tony Award-nominated director Jason Moore and performed alongside Colm Wilkinson in his final performance as Jean Valjean. Miller received his MFA in directing from University of North Carolina, Greensboro and his BFA in musical theatre from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Miller is a member of Actor's Equity Association and on the Executive Council of Musical Theatre Education Alliance International.