Monsters, bullies, cheerleading demons and evil dragons will take to the stage at the Geyer Performing Arts Center this weekend.
“’She Kills Monsters’ is my favorite comedy ever,” said director Jordan Gilbert, who was introduced to comedy by his sister. “We went to see it and have since gone to see all the local productions we could have together.”
The show is playwright Qui Nguyen’s best-known work and is full of high-energy scenes and off-color humor, drawing a lot of inspiration from anime and nerd culture influences.
“She Kills Monsters” tells the story of Agnes Evans, who comes across the “Dungeons and Dragons” notebook of Tilly, her recently deceased sister. Her discovery leads Agnes on an action-packed adventure to find out more about her genius brother than she previously wanted to know.
“Agnes journeys through Tilly’s fantasy world, battling monsters, cheerleading demons and evil dragons with the help of Tilly’s friends,” Gilbert said.
The trip helps Agnes learn about her sister, her life, her secrets and ultimately helps her come to terms with Tilly’s death.
“It manages to be hilarious, heartfelt, action-packed, over-the-top, and down-to-earth all at once,” Gilbert said.
He said the show is “extraordinarily nerdy”. He also strikes up for her on a personal note since Gilbert has said she’s a bit like Tilly and her sister’s hers is a bit like Agnes.
“I think audiences will love the humor,” he said. “Our cast is really funny and the script is great.”
Gilbert also believes audiences will love the monsters in the show. Building them was the most challenging aspect of the one-off production.
He said most of the monsters were created from mask templates, which were downloaded and printed on recycled cardboard. The prints were folded and glued to create monsters, a process that took hours.
“I took the process several steps further by using paper mache, paint and lots of artistic details to make them our own,” Gilbert said. “Hundreds of man hours have gone into these monsters. The process has been very rewarding, but definitely more work than I initially expected.
The show calls for a cast of 10 with different actors playing multiple roles, but Gilbert said their version has a cast of 13 as he found that casting each character in an individual role added opportunities for more actors to participate.
“She Kills Monsters” will be at the Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale Thursday-Saturday November 17-19 at 7:30pm and Sunday November 20 at 2:30pm
Admission is $12 per person and tickets can be purchased at geyerpac.com.
Gilbert said the show features some moderate adult content including violence, language and LGBTQ topics and is recommended for audiences 13 and older.
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