OHIO School of Theater Presents She Kills Monsters

I am thrilled that OHIO’s School of Theater is mounting a production of Qui Nguyen’s She Kills Monsters, a play that I have included in a number of my courses these past few years including ENG 3550: World Literature as World Making (Autumn 2019) and ENG 2100: Critical Approaches to Fantasy Literature (Autumn 2018). The play, as described by Wikipedia:

tells the story of Agnes Evans, an average woman who loses her parents and little sister Tilly in a car accident. Having been very distant from her sister while she was alive, Agnes embarks in an adventure to get to know her sister better by playing a Dungeons & Dragons module that Tilly had written, and discovers things she’d never imagined. The plot takes place in reality and in the imaginary game world; in the game world Agnes learns about Tilly’s exploration with her sexuality and how she struggled with her sexuality in reality.


Through the auspices of two of my students from last term (who are actors in the show), I have been invited to do two Talk Backs after the show: one on Saturday, February 22 and one on Wednesday, February 26.

I am looking forward to see what they do with the play, how they are going to do the D&D moments, and what choices (if any) they make regarding the play’s characters, situations, and themes. I do know they are doing the “original” version of the play instead of the much more common (and watered down) version for high schools. Let the game begin!

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