Cue the dragons, demons, and orcs as UGA Theatre presents Qui Nguyen’s “She Kills Monsters,” directed by T. Anthony Marotta, October 3–5, 8–11 at 8 p.m. and October 13 at 2:30 p.m. in the Cellar Theatre of the Fine Arts Building:
the core of the story centers on high school teacher Agnes and her quest to find a meaningful connection with her recently-deceased sister Tilly. After a car accident claims the of lives of her family, Agnes dives headlong into her younger sister’s "Dungeons & Dragons" campaign with the help of Tilly’s nerdy friend Chuck. Along the way, Agnes must contend with demon queens, dark elves, and vampire cheerleaders while battling her own real-life monster, grief.
With the nostalgic resurgence of “geek” culture in successful shows such as The Big Bang Theory and Stranger Things, fantasy tabletop role-playing game "Dungeons & Dragons" has become more widely known to the general public after decades of sustained popularity amongst its die-hard fans. There is even a Dungeons & Dragons club at UGA that invites newcomers to learn the game, teaching amateur players the essentials of being an effective “dungeon master” who leads campaigns. The communal nature of the game and its emphasis on creativity appealed to lighting designer Travis Blansit, himself an avid player. “D and D gives you permission see or be whatever your imagination allows. The possibilities are endless.”
A moving, fantasy-driven comedy about the power of art. Sounds like great fun, and a creative production from students and faculty in the department of theatre and film studies. Tickets.