Elaborate characters will come to life on the Macklanburg Playhouse stage this month when the Playhouse company presents “She Kills Monsters.”
“You’ve never seen a show like this before in Columbia,” said director Dan Schultz, assistant professor. “It’s theatre meets rock concert.”
Set in the 1990s, “She Kills Monsters” by Qui Nguyen follows the story of Agnes, an average 20-something who has just lost her family in a tragic car crash. In an effort to reconnect with the younger sister she barely knew, Agnes discovers the teen’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook and begins to play along. When the game comes to life, Agnes must navigate an entirely new and unfamiliar world.
“It has a lot of heart,” Schultz said. “It’s a really touching show.”
Expect a lot of action, too, among the assortment of elves, demons, dragons and other D&D characters that come to life.
“There are about 10 big fight scenes,” Schultz said. “It’s almost like a musical where there are 10 choreographed numbers but instead of dancing, it’s stage combat.”
The show—one of the most produced plays this year—debuted in 2011. The author is an artistic director for Vampire Cowboys, a theatre company known for over-the-top physical to the stage, Schultz said.
“They always feature women in the strongest roles, so it was perfect for Stephens,” he said.
Second-year student Emily Chatterson stars in the play. Second-year theatre tech student Ann-Elise Noens created the set, a map-themed game module, and senior Cheyenne Smith designed the costumes.
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19-20 and Sept. 26-27 with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on Sept. 21. Purchase tickets.
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