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She Kills Monsters

by Qui Nguyen

directed by Jennifer Chang

Show dates: December 6, 7, 8 & 9 @ 7:30pm, December 9 @ 2pm

Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre

About the Play

A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters 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 Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge.
About the Playwright
Qui Nguyen is a Vietnamese American playwright and fight director. He is an artistic director of Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company. Qui's plays include Vietgone, Soul Samurai, The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G, Alice in Slasherland, Fight Girl Battle World, Krunk Fu Battle Battle, She Kills Monsters, Trial By Water, Living Dead in Denmark, Stained Glass Ugly, A Beginner's Guide to Deicide, Men of Steel, Bike Wreck, and Vampire Cowboy Trilogy. He is a member of New Dramatists, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Playwrights' Center, and the Ma-Yi Theater Company's Writers Lab. Learn more at Wikipedia.org
About the Director

Professor Chang received her M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego in 2006, where she was a recipient of an Arthur Wagner Scholarship and an Excellence in Teaching Award. She received her B.F.A with Honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts at the Experimental Theatre Wing, double-majoring in Psychology. Her research interests include immersive theatre experiences, site-specific or site-responsive adaptations of classical and new work, new play development, and puppetry. Her work has been honored with an Ovation Award and the Stage Scene LA award, among others. Jennifer is a founding member of Chalk Repertory Theatre where she served as Artistic Producing Director and produced, directed, and acted in numerous plays over the course of eight seasons. Other directing credits include Animals Out of Paper at East West Players (LA Times Critics Pick), Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them for Artists at Play (GLAAD Media Award and Ovation Award Nominated) and Our American Story at the Japanese American National Museum. She continues to be very active in the development of new plays with Circle X Theatre Company, Playwrights Arena, Chalk Rep, and East West Players among others. She has acted in productions at South Coast Rep, East West Players, Company of Angels, Mixed Blood Theatre, Fulton Opera House, and the National Asian American Theatre Company, among others. Television credits include "Mom," "Two and a Half Men," "NCIS:LA," "Parenthood," "Medium," "The Paul Reiser Show," "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" and others, and numerous national commercials. She has taught in the conservatory at the East West Players and has been a guest artist and guest director at USC, and at Texas State University, San Marcos for the Black and Latino Playwrights Conference. Most recently, she managed and directed a new work commissioned by the Japanese American National Museum and East West Players commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA), Actor’s Equity Association (AEA), and an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographer’s Society (SDC). She is an alumnus of Director's Lab West and a Finalist for the 2017 National Directing Fellowship at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. As Head of the Undergraduate Acting program, she advises students, oversees curriculum, and teaches core undergraduate courses in theatre, as well as directs productions for the department.

Director's Statement

I believe that part of my role as a theatre educator is not just to train the students who are a part of the department’s community -- whether they are majors, minors, or casual class-takers who may be required to attend performances -- but to also invite in and educate a new generation of theatre-goers from the campus at large. I empathize with the feeling that theatre can feel elitist, distant, and dusty, and fail to represent our young people. As someone who has struggled to figure out my own place in the landscape of the American Theatre and passionately continues to be involved, I know that theatre can be fun, be relevant to what is happening in the world I live in, and reflect me.

I started thinking about the plays we select for the undergraduate academic year as being part of a theatre company’s season and aimed to select a project for Fall quarter that was immediate, accessible, and emotionally charged. Qui Nguyen’s play She Kills Monsters hit all the notes I was looking for. He has proven himself in his varied work as a playwright (Vietgone), a TV and film writer (Peg+Cat - Emmy Award, Incorporated, and currently writes for Marvel Studios), and a vivid voice for America today. Nguyen expertly navigates having his finger on the pulse of pop culture and packs a punch when it comes to illuminating the universality of humanity by way of the detailed relationships he writes about.

The Cast

Monster/ Understudy/ Co-Fight Captain – Elizabeth Blackwell
Cheerleader Gabbi / Evil Gabbi – Abigail Button
Cheerleader Tina / Evil Tina – Gina Cioffi
Orcus – Paola Diaz
Monster / Understudy / Co-Fight Captain – Hannah Folk
Narrator – Gabrielle Gangitano
Vera – Sarah Gray
Miles – Mrigank Khemka
Lilly / Lillith – Erin Li
Agnes – Ariana Mahallan
Tilly – Micaela Martinez
Chuck – Ally McGreevy
Kaliope – Kristiana Rosas
Monster / Understudy / Co-Fight Captain – Abby Sherlock
Steve – Maria Wozny

The Creative Team

Director – Jennifer Chang
Scenic Designer – Nancy Chao
Costume Designer – Samantha Englander
Lighting Designer – Michelle Yang Xiao
Sound Designer – James Reid
Choreographer – Dr. Grace Jun
Fight Choreographer – Thomas Morinaka
Associate Fight Choreographer – Thomas McCurdy
Movement Coach – Natalie Robichaux
Dramaturg – Julie Burelle
Assistant Director – Bryan Clements
Second Assistant Director – Teagan Rutkowski
Assistant Scenic Designer – Shiwen [Sherlock] Le
Assistant Costume Designer – Evan Kwong
Assistant Stage Manager – Louis Chen
Production Stage Manager – Tyler Larson
Assistant Stage Manager – Louis [Yuanyang] Chen
Assistant Stage Manager – Amber Dettmers

Performances Parking & Location

Located at: Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre

Parking Passes Required: Monday through Friday. Weeknight passes are $2 per vehicle from the vending machines located in the UC San Diego Theatre District/La Jolla Playhouse parking lots and entry display case. Please remember your parking space number. You will need it to purchase your parking pass.

Note: Machines take all major credit cards except Discover and when paying with cash you must use exact change, NO CHANGE GIVEN.

Parking Passes Not Required: Saturdays and Sundays


Cars without permits are subject to ticketing by UCSD Campus Police. The Theatre & Dance Department does not have the authority to waive and cannot pay parking tickets.





Dec. 6

Dec 7

Dec. 8

Dec. 9

Dec. 9
7:30 pm     OPENING

7:30 pm  

7:30 pm  

2:00 pm  

7:30 pm     CLOSING

Advance tickets for this production are available Tuesday-Friday, noon to 6 pm by calling the Box Office at 858.534.4574 or in person at the Theatre District’s Central Box Office at the Sheila & Hughes Potiker Theatre.

At-the-Door tickets, if available, can be purchased one hour before show time at the performing theatre’s box office at Mandell Weiss Theatre.

General Admission: $20
UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni Association, and Seniors (over 62): $15
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10

Please note: No late seating; no refunds.

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