She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms
by Qui Nguyen
Shown virtually October 28th – November 6th, 2020
Co-Directors: Dorie Barton, Sharon Ott, and Wes Seals
Production Designer: Acadia Khan
Art Director: Faith Carlson
Costume Designer: Kirsten Katt
Sound Designer: EunJin Cho
Production Stage Manager: Sofia Malin
About She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms
In response to the global pandemic of Covid-19 and the subsequent closing of theaters worldwide, Playwright Qui Nguyen released a new adaptation of his play She Kills Monsters intended for online performances via video conferencing software such as Zoom.
She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms follows Agnes Evans, a high schooler in Ohio who thinks of herself as the world’s most average teenager—until her little sister Tilly suddenly dies. Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons and Dragons notebook and decides to play the campaign her sister created. Agnes is drawn into her sister’s personal fantasy, a place where Tilly sought refuge and where Agnes learns more about her sister than she could have in real teenage life.
Nguyen approaches the relationship and loss between these two sisters with a light, comedic voice that leaves you mostly laughing, but sometimes in tears. In this drama-comedy filled with D&D monsters and high school friends and bullies, Nguyen pays homage to the warrior and geek in all of us.
This production is made possible through the generosity of LA Phipps’ friends and family in her loving memory.
LA will forever be cherished by friends and family as a vivacious and loving woman full of optimism, radiant joy, and empathy. Among her passions, L.a. loved costume design, theatrical makeup and fashion, and was an avid member of the Carytown Merchants community. VCUarts Theatre is honored to be a part of her memory.
She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.