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She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen

Purdue University Theatre, 2019

 

Cloaked in allegory, sword fights, and copious 1990’s pop culture references, She Kills Monsters is a beast of a play that spears our hearts with two big ideas that intersect and explode: magic and fierceness. 

 

This​ production featured a 16' revolving mountain and two stage wagons, allowing the world of the game to permeate the everyday world. With permission of Qui Nguyen and Samuel French, Ltd., we replaced the narrator with an ensemble of teenagers that activated the space, giving the play to the audience through words and actions. 

 

The costume design by Courtney Frederick was an MFA terminal project. Technical Direction MFA student Stephen Frausto contracted the mountain unit from wood, welded steel, cardboard, zip ties, and paper.  Design of puppets was shared between costumes and scenery.

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Violence Design and Choreography: Orion Couling

Scenic Design: Jeffrey Kmeic

Costume Design: Courtney Frederick (MFA Terminal Project)

Lighting Design: Daniel Taylor

Sound Design: Zackary Bennett

Music Composer: Jeffrey Sherwood

Technical Direction: Stephen Frausto

Final Dragon "Tiamat" Design: Katie Cardinalli

"Tiamat" Technical Designers: Elena Helvajian, Carena Stocker, Zachary Kovalenko

Master Electrician: Brady Alumbaugh