Many people would get rather nervous before a major production. That’s not really the case for sophomore Jordin Richards, who plays Agnes, the main character of the show.
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Brent Sumner, Tempo Editor
Based off the famous role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons, the play “She Kills Monsters” opened at Lewis University’s Phylip Lynch Theatre on Sept. 27 and ran again the weekend of Oct. 3-6.
Directed by Kevin Trudeau, professor of theater, “She Kills Monsters” is an action- packed production complete with monsters, nerds, demons, lesbians and a dragon.
For those unfamiliar with the play, “She Kills Monsters” is set in Athens, Ohio during the explosion of the new game, Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) in 1990. Agnes (Jordin Richards, sophomore) is a teacher at a school who never really had a great relationship with her sister. After the death of her 15-year-old sister, Tilly (Hannah Taylor, freshman), Agnes stumbles upon Tilly’s D&D notebook. With the help of a young D&D enthusiast, Agnes looks to reconnect with her lost sister by living vicariously through the game in the notebook. She embarks on a quest to save her sister’s soul, facing homicidal fairies, a shape shifter and blood thirsty cheerleaders. Agnes will discover sides of both her and her sister that she had no idea existed.
“I played D&D when I was younger, it was recommended by a friend of mine,” Trudeau said. “I read the play, and not only did it speak to me personally, but also this is not the kind of thing we do that often, with stage combat and this much fantastic, magic stuff going on.”
The play was written by Qui Nguyen, and has also been shown at the famous Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. The production was recommended for patrons 16 and older due to some mature comedy.
“[The cast] loved it,” Trudeau said. “They really took to it right away. The opportunity to do this much stage combat, something they don’t get to do that often, they absolutely loved it.”
After the first weekend, the cast felt comfortable going into the last running weekend for the play. Many of the first performers had knocked off the nerves, and looked forward to getting back on the stage. Kamil Borowski, sophomore theater major, also felt a sense of achievement after the first performances.
“During the middle of the week we were a little hesitant and nervous about it,” Borowski said. “After, we were really, really happy with it, we went back stage and made a giant group hug, and we are thankful for the experience. The cast is great, we lost a lot of people last year, but the incoming freshman and transfer students are all amazing.”
Other members of the cast include Rachel Tau, Matt Carlson, Sylmarie Soto, Tyler Senjanin, Matt Carlson, Brendan Casey and many others.