Southern Illinois University Edwardsvilleâ€™s Department of Theater and Dance (DOTD) opens its 2019-20 main season with â€œShe Kills Monsters,â€� written by Qui Nguyen, directed by SIUEâ€™s Tress Kurzym and performed by SIUE students. Critics have called this show, â€œA comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games.â€�
â€œShe Kills Monstersâ€� will be performed at 7:30 p.m. from Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 16-19 in the Dunham Hall Theater, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20.
General admission is $15 for adults, 18 and older; $12 for SIUE faculty, staff and retirees, senior citizens, and non-SIUE students with school identification. SIUE students with valid school ID are admitted free.
To purchase tickets, visit the DOTD Box Office located inside Dunham Hall, or call 618-650-2774. SIUE students should present their school ID for their complimentary ticket. One ticket is provided per student and per production. For directions and parking, visit siue.edumaps.
â€œShe Kills Monstersâ€� tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio, following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tillyâ€™s Dungeons and Dragons notebook, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tillyâ€™s refuge. In this high-octane, dramatic comedy, laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and â€˜90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright, Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.
â€œI love to play. I love imaginary play, board games, card games and sports,â€� said Kurzym, DOTD lecturer. â€œI make a living teaching people how to play. So, it is no surprise that I would be drawn to a script that focuses on a game. What is surprising, is that the game in the script is a game that I had never played prior to preparing for this production. Like our protagonist, Agnes, I didnâ€™t think it was a game for me.
â€œBut the script called like a siren song. It is an adventureâ€”a fantasy adventure with a female protagonist!â€� continued Kurzym. â€œI wanted a chance to tell this story. If you donâ€™t know anything about Dungeons and Dragons or 1995, itâ€™s okay. Stay seated. I bet you do know about family, love, loss and monsters.â€�
For more information about SIUEâ€™s production â€œShe Kills Monsters,â€� visit the DOTD website at siue.edu/artsandsciences/theater.
SIUEâ€™s Department of Theater and Dance presents four plays and one dance concert during its October through April season. All productions are open to the community at large. DOTD is part of the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences.
Central to SIUEâ€™s exceptional and comprehensive education, the College of Arts and Sciences has 19 departments and 85 areas of study. More than 300 full-time faculty/instructors deliver classes to more than 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Faculty help students explore diverse ideas and experiences, while learning to think and live as fulfilled, productive members of the global community. Study abroad, service-learning, internships, and other experiential learning opportunities better prepare SIUE students not only to succeed in our region’s workplaces, but also to become valuable leaders who make important contributions to our communities.
Photo courtesy of Theresa Kelly:
(L-R) SIUE actors senior Sam Dietiker and sophomore Montana Hughey-Takacs.