She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen
She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her parents and her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she finds herself catapulted into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was her sister’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and ’90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all. (Concord Theatricals, 2021)
GENERAL NOTE: All actors should be comfortable performing choreographed stage combat sequences.
Agnes Evans: A 25 year old English teacher striving to live as average a life as possible. Her parents and younger sister Tilly died in a car accident a few years ago. She is in the process of moving out of her childhood home in Ohio and in with her boyfriend when she finds the D&D adventure module Tilly left behind. She is the “Normal Girl” to Tilly’s “Geek Girl,” and doesn't know anything about Dungeons and Dragons.
Tilly Evans/Tillius the Paladin: 18+ to play 15. Agnes’s sister who died in a car accident a few years ago. Has a love for everything nerdy and geeky, and writes her own D&D adventure modules. In the D&D module, she is Tillius the Paladin, healer of the wounded and protector of the light. Identity or familiarity with LGBTQ experiences is preferred.
Chuck: 18+ to play late teens. A member of Tilly’s friend group and employee at an RPG gaming store. He helps Agnes play through the adventure module as the Dungeon Master. He is somewhat awkward and definitely not self conscious about his appearance.
Miles: Mid-20s. Agnes’s boyfriend of five years, who is in the process of moving in with her. Hasn’t proposed to her yet, but he is somewhat protective of her. Doesn’t understand anything about Dungeons and Dragons.
Vera: Mid/late-20s. Agnes’s coworker and best friend. She works as a high school counselor, but is perhaps a little too sarcastic and acerbic for the job. She doesn’t approve of Miles.
Orcus/Ronnie: 18+ to play late teens. A demon overlord of the underworld in Tilly’s D&D module who holds onto lost souls and knows where to find them, but would rather spend his time watching TV. Later joins Tilly’s adventuring party. As Ronnie, he is a teenage member of Tilly’s friend group and Kelly’s brother.
Lilith Morningstar/Lilly: 18+ to play late teens. A demon queen that resembles a leather-clad dominatrix, and a member of Tilly’s adventuring party (and Tillius’s girlfriend) in the module. Outgoing and sexual. As Lilly, she is a reserved high school student who works in the guidance office, and one of Tilly’s friends. Identity or familiarity with LGBTQ experiences is preferred.
Kaliope Darkwalker/Kelly: 18+ to play late teens. A dark elf that is described as looking like a supermodel who is also incredibly strong, and a member of Tilly’s adventuring party in the module. Level-headed and blunt. As Kelly, she is a teenage member of Tilly’s friend group and Ronnie’s sister.
Steve: 18+ to play late teens. A classmate of Tilly’s at school. Also appears throughout the adventure module as The Great Mage Steve, who frequently and swiftly faces the bad guys’ wrath.
Farrah: A fairy and one of the bosses Agnes and her party must face in the adventure module. Appears delicate and beautiful but is ruthless and foul-mouthed.
Evil Gabbi and Evil Tina: 18+ to play late teens. Two cheerleaders and classmates of Tilly’s. In the adventure module, they are evil succubi who bully Tilly and her party. Ability to perform cheer/hip-hop dance moves preferred.
Narrator: Described as sounding like Cate Blanchett in The Lord of the Rings, she describes the events going on in the story. The actor playing the narrator will double as Evil Gabbi or Evil Tina.
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