The Department of Theatre and Dance will end its 2013-14 season with “She Kills Monsters” by playwright and pioneer of “geek theatre,” Qui Nguyen. The cast and crew of students and faculty, will bring the show to life through the creative use of special effects, stage combat and puppetry. The production will feature original music composed by students of the College’s composition professor, Dr. Yiorgos Vassilandonakis, and performed by the College of Charleston Contemporary Ensemble.
Winner of the American Alliance for Theatre Education’s 2013 Distinguished Play Award, “She Kills Monsters” is a farce packed with drama. Directed by Associate Professor of Theatre, Evan Parry, this lively play tells the story of Agnes Evans following the death of her “weirdo” teenage sister, Tilly. Upon her discovery of Tilly’s fantasy role-playing in a “Dungeons & Dragons” notebook, Agnes becomes enveloped in the game of imaginary adventure and danger, revealing her sister’s emotional insights and adolescent struggles. The clever story touches the inner geek in everyone, as audiences cheer on Agnes through her challenges in the game tied to her personal discoveries.
Numerous creature characters have been created through a combination of puppet techniques, original artwork and costumes as well as an extensive projection design, which includes video, artwork and animated creatures.
The College’s production will take place Thursday, April 10 through Tuesday, April 15 in the Emmett Robinson Theatre in the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. Curtain is 7:30 p.m. except Sunday at 3 p.m. only. For mature audiences only.
Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for senior citizens and College of Charleston students and employees with I.D. Tickets may be purchased online, by calling (843) 953-5604 or visiting the box office in the lobby of the Simons Center for the Arts.