present She Kills Monsters as its second production of the
semester. The production will be presented on November 5–7 and 11–14
at 8:00 p.m. and November 8 at 2:00 p.m. on the Waller Hall
Mainstage of IUP’s Performing Arts Center.
Written by Qui Nguyen, it is directed by College of Fine Arts
Dean Michael Hood, with fight choreography by Michael Chin, a fight master with the Society of
American Fight Directors. Chin most recently choreographed the fights for the
world premiere at the Flea Theatre in New York City.
She Kills Monsters is an action-filled
comedy packed with swordfights and monsters, set in a Dungeons-and-Dragons
world where even the geekiest among us can be a hero. The adventurers
in She Kills Monsters, including
several strong female characters, experience the fight against pure
unalloyed evil, the hope that springs eternal, regret and longing, love and
loss, honor and loyalty, and the knowledge that the whole world can shift with
the toss of the dice.
Acclaimed playwright Nguyen stocks this play with all the
classic monsters found in the popular game Dungeons and Dragons and the quirky
characters who live to vanquish them.
Along the way, according to director Hood, the author “takes us
on our own adventure as the audience and characters learn the importance of
communicating, caring, and acknowledging those that matter to us, while
honoring the ways we can make a difference. We may not all be wielding
battleaxes, but we all must defeat our own demons as we learn to stand on our
Joan Vandyke has provided dance and cheer choreography and David
Martynuik has composed original music.
This play contains violence, language, and situations to which
some audience members may object and that may not be appropriate for young
Tickets for She Kills Monsters are available
online at IUPTickets.com or the Lively Arts online ticketing website. Tickets can also be
purchased at the Hadley Union Building, located on Pratt Drive of the IUP
campus, or with a credit card by calling the HUB Box Office at 724-357-1313. Seats
remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance.
General admission tickets are priced at $15 for regular
admission, $12 for senior citizens and groups of 15 or more, and $10 for
students and children.
For more information, contact the Lively Arts at 724-357-2728
(ARTS) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theater-by-the-Grove is produced by the Department of Theater
and Dance and the College of Fine Arts. It is funded, in part, by the IUP
Student Cooperative Association.