Loss, laughter and learning to LARP

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shekillsmonsters
Acclaimed comedy explores loss and role playing
text: Tanya Mutz

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Coming to the Historic Hoover Theatre this month is a comedic play that dives into the world of fantasy through the game of Dungeons and Dragons.

“She Kills Monsters” is not only for those who have played the game, co-director Sean Murphy said, adding, “The characters and the journey that they go on will resonate with the majority, if not all of us.”

The play features Agnes Evans, who lives an average life until her younger sister, Tilly, passes away. Agnes deals with Tilly’s death as she cleans out her old room and discovers a notebook that leads her into another world.

“It’s escapist fun theater,” Murphy said. “There’s lots of fights and there’s going to be lots of thematically appropriate gore from a ‘D and D’ type world.”

In addition to exciting fight scenes, Vangie Maynard, one of the choreographers, said the cast will dance to some hip hop tunes of the mid ‘90s.

“With the music and costumes, we’re jumping back to that time,” Murphy said. “It’s a great blast from the past.”

Beyond the fighting and dancing, sound designer Derek Batoyon thinks the story is touching. “Sisters that stayed apart throughout their life get kind of a second chance to be acquainted and

I think most people wish for some sort of second chance in their life,” Batoyon said.

“She Kills Monsters” premiers Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. and the show runs until Dec. 7. Tickets range from $10 to $25.

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