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She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen | Thursday, 18. January 2018

In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90’s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek within us all. Two years after the death of her teenage sister Tilly, Agnes Evans discovers a mysterious notebook containing her sister's home-brewed Dungeons and Dragons campaign. Newly born hero, Agnes the ***-hatted, undertakes an epic quest to save Tilly's soul and to learn about her sister's hidden life.
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  • Thanks for having us in to record our CiTR Radio 101.9FM ad for She Kills Monsters this morning Sounds Engineer Dora Drubber and hella brilliant actors Shona Struthers and Heidi Damayo. Proud that CiTR is our 17/18 media sponsor. #dnd
  • Thanks for the preview, reviewVancouver.com! Check out their website for the latest on events in the arts around the Lower Mainland!
  • Lets hope Puppet Designer/Artist Nicolette Szabo is getting herself wrapped up in Christmas paper instead of this monster right now.
  • Photo/Video shoot day with Director Keltie Brown Forsyth. Assistant Director Francis Dowlatabadi Actors: Heidi Damayo Shona Struthers Olivia Lang Natalie Gabrielle Drew Carlson Rafael Ruiz Anni Ramsay, Theatre Design Productions': Melicia Zaini (Costume Designer) Alice Jiang (Assistant Costume Designer), Fight Directors: Mike Kovac Ryan McNeill Bolton; Duston Baranow-Watts (Stage Manager), Evan Ren (Assistant Stage Manager); our fave photographer Emily Cooper Photography and Film Production student and videographer Sebastian Hill-Esbrand. Not to mention the staff who are not here or lurking in the background but worked so hard to pull it off: Lynn Burton (Props Head), Jodi Jacyk (Costume Head) and Andrea Rabinovitch (Marketing). Thanks for all your work today!
  • Theatre Productions' Tegan Klanztron and Puppet Designer Nicolette Szabo build yet another dragon. How many of these things are there??? Better come to the show and find out. theatrefilm.ubc.ca
  • Heidi Damayo, playing lead character Tilly, gets fitted by Costume Designer Melicia Zaini and Wardrobe Head Jodi Jacyk in her fierce, real leather, doublet. How does our Costume Department come by such a thing? Thank you Hollywood North for donating seriously cool costumes once you're done with your shoot!
  • Theatre Production Students and Staff are working furiously on the set pieces, puppets, costumes and props. It's going to be amazing!!
  • Actors Daelyn LS and Anni Ramsay get fitted for shoes by Costume Designer Melicia Zaini. Shenanigans ensue.
  • Building a set element while explaining why Theatre Design and Production folk get annoyed by nosy Marketing people.
  • #SKM has a huge puppet element in order for us to enter the world of Dungeons and Dragons; work on these creatures started in August. Thanks to staff member, Prop Shot Head Lynn Burton for coordinating and assisting the creation of these marvellous pieces.
  • Director Keltie Brown Forsyth Keltie is an independent theatre director and producer working out of Vancouver, BC and London, UK. She holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from UBC and is a graduate of the University of Alberta Department of Drama and participant in the Robbin's Academy Professional Theatre Program. Recent directing credits include In the Next Room or the vibrator play (Ensemble Theatre Company) Eurydice, The Dumb Waiter, Marion Bridge (UBC), 7 Ways to die a love story, Juice, All in the Timing, Closer, Bedlam (Junior Jester Cap award), Kafka’s Metamorphosis (K.I.A. Productions), Minding Dad (Sterling Nomination), Love and Death (THEATrePUBLIC), and Passages (Ribbit Republic). Keltie is the former General Manager at Workshop West Theatre, co-curator of Canoe Theatre Festival, and Associate Artistic Director at Pi Theatre. Keltie is currently an instructor in the department of Theatre and Film at UBC. An active arts advocate, Keltie is the former co-chair of the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton and sits on the Artistic Practice Committee for the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres.
  • First read-through on Monday Dec. 4: so much excitement! #monstersRcoming
  • Qui Nguyen is a playwright, TV/Film writer, and Co-Founder of the OBIE Award-winning Vampire Cowboys of NYC. His work, known for its innovative use of pop-culture, stage violence, puppetry, and multimedia, has been lauded as "Culturally Savvy Comedy" by The New York Times, "Tour de Force Theatre" by Time Out New York, and “Infectious Fun” by Variety. Scripts include Vietgone (2016 Steinberg Award, 2016 LADCC Ted Schmidt New Play Award, 2016 Kennedy Prize Finalist); She Kills Monsters (2013 AATE Distinguished Play Award, 2012 GLAAD Media Award nom); War is F**king Awesome (Frederick Loewe Award); Soul Samurai (2009 GLAAD Media Award nom); Begets: Fall of a High School Ronin; Krunk Fu Battle Battle; Bike Wreck; Aliens vs Cheerleaders; and the critically acclaimed Vampire Cowboys productions of The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G, Six Rounds of Vengeance, Alice in Slasherland, Fight Girl Battle World, Men of Steel, and Living Dead in Denmark. For TV, Qui's written for PBS's Peg+Cat and SYFY's Incorporated. He currently writes for Marvel Studios. Notable honors include a 2016 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Preschool Animated Program (Peg+Cat), a 2015 NY Community Trust Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, and a 2014 Sundance Institute/Time Warner Fellowship. He's currently working on new plays for South Coast Rep/Manhattan Theatre Club (The Vietgone Saga), The Atlantic, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Kieu). He is a proud member of the WGA, The Dramatists Guild, The Playwrights Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Ma-Yi Writers Lab and an alumnus of New Dramatists and Youngblood. His company, Vampire Cowboys, often credited for being the pioneers of "geek theatre", holds the unique distinction of being the first and currently only professional theatre organization to be officially sponsored by NY Comic ***. Qui's represented by Zac Simmons and Matt Snow at Paradigm Talent Agency for tv/film and by Leah Hamos at The Gersh Agency for theatre.