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Traversing the depths of geekdom, grief

ASU production of 'She Kills Monsters' blurs fantasy, reality — winning rave reviews


production of She Kills Monsters at ASU
March 30, 2016

How does an action-packed, '90s-themed romp in the world of Dungeons & Dragons also navigate the caverns of grief? Through the Arizona State University production of "She Kills Monsters." 

To rediscover the younger sister she lost to a car accident, lead character Agnes must embark on a quest into deepest, darkest geekdom. The line between fantasy and reality blurs as Agnes battles her own demons and learns to embrace the unordinary. 

Lance Gharavi, the ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre professor who’s directing the play, said that it’s “a fun, zany, goofy piece of work that does, at the core of it, have something very serious.” 

And Kerry Lengel, theater critic for the Arizona Republic, said that “She Kills Monsters” is “about geek power, girl power and the redemptive power of storytelling.” He also calls the ASU production of the play a must-see. (Read the full review here.

The play, written by Qui Nguyen, has its final weekend at ASU’s Paul V. Galvin Playhouse through April 3. Order tickets here.

Get a glimpse below.

Top photo by Tim Trumble

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