She Kills Monsters

On stage Aug 1-4, 2018

Written by Qui Nguyen

Directed by Richie Akers // Assistant Director: Jackson Dybvig

Average Agnes is finally leaving her childhood home following the death of her totally weird sister, Tilly. When she stumbles upon Tilly's Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, Agnes embarks on an action-packed adventure to discover more about her sister than she previously cared to know. A high-octane adventure fraught with hostile fairies, ogres, and '90s pop culture, She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurers Edition is a heart-pounding homage to the badass (and geek) within us all.

Richie says: "Although many of the advertisements for other productions of this title have referred to it as a comedy, I would say it is more than that - like an ogre (or in this case, orc), it has layers. The adventure our protagonist (Tilly) goes on is far more in line with that of the heroes in The Goonies, Stranger Things, or any number of 80s/90s adventures you can think of. Will you laugh? Most certainly. Will you cheer on the heroes as they learn, battle, and discover what makes them and their loved ones unique? Oh yes. Be prepared to experience an AWESOME show unlike anything Giving Tree has produced before. It will SLAY in all of the best ways. This isn't only a story for geeks, it's a story for anyone who loves adventure."      

WINNER - 2013 AATE Distinguished Play Award 
120 minutes, one intermission
Due to some themes and action sequences, recommended for audiences age 12 and up.

What They Are Saying...

"Packed with action, wit, and a sizable nerd-quotient, the production is a delight from start to finish"
- Theatremania

"Deceptively breezy and rather ingenious. The whole enterprise is kind of dopey and kind of invigorating and kind of remarkable. It will slash and shapeshift its way into your heart."
- The New York Times

"Nguyen is a refreshing, break-the-rules writer — he has a ready embrace of pop culture, high-school speak and 'High Fidelity' cool, and he also has a mission to redeem gaming geeks everywhere...She Kills Monsters, delivers exactly what it promises, is generally a blast"
- Chicago Tribune, 


  • TILLY EVANS - Indica Mutchler
  • AGNES EVANS - Megan Renz
  • MILES - Harrison Akers
  • CHUCK - Sam Alexman
  • KALIOPE - Joy Ringwald
  • LILITH - Zoey Akers
  • ORCUS - David Weaver
  • STEVE the MAGE - Brodi Nelson
  • NARRATOR / FARRAH / EVIL TINA - Torian Julius
  • VERA / EVIL GABBI / THE BEHOLDER - Lydia Jennissen

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