MURRAY, Ky. — “She Kills Monsters” is making its way to the Robert E. Johnson Theatre on Murray State University’s campus April 26–29 to provide a fantasy romp with heart. Combining real personal tragedies with the fantastical world of role-playing games, “She Kills Monsters” by Qui Nguyen is both wilding amusing and deeply touching.

“She Kills Monsters” opens April 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert E. Johnson Theatre. Performances run through April 28 at 7:30 p.m. with a final performance April 29 at 2:30 p.m. The production does include adult language, mature content and fantasy violence. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $13 for seniors, children and Murray State faculty and staff.

“She Kills Monsters” is the story of Agnes, a normal high school teacher who lost her family to a car accident. While cleaning out her younger sister Tilly’s room, she discovers her Dungeons and Dragons games. Upon finding out that Tilly had written her own adventure, Agnes decides to play the game to learn more about her. Agnes then finds herself lost in the world of fantasy that Tilly created — discovering it is more than just a game. In between battles with all sorts of fantasy creatures, Agnes discovers that Tilly’s game world is a window into her soul. It is also a chance for Agnes to get to know her little sister and say the goodbye she never could.

Starting as an outlandish comic portrait of gaming culture, “She Kills Monsters” takes a moving turn to show how people use gaming as a way to cope with problems and live out dreams. With the backdrop of thrilling fantasy, Nguyen’s play tackles issues of family, loss, bullies and much more as a strong young woman battles monsters that are both real and imaginary.

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Three cast members pose with Dungeons and Dragons props during rehearsal for "She Kills Monsters."
Pictured, from left to right, are cast members Marie Norris, Hannah Tomes and Julia Steffens.


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