Auditions For She Kills Monsters
She Kills Monsters, by Qui Nguyen
Directed by Nate Sullivan
Performance dates: Oct. 27, 28, 29 and Nov. 3, 4, 5
About the Show:
WINNER – 2013 AATE Distinguished Play Award
A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and ‘90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.
Agnes (20s) – our hero, a young woman who feels painfully average. Recently, she lost her parents and younger sister in a car accident and is picking up the pieces. Uses sarcasm as a shield. Has difficulty forming bonds with people.
Tilly (teens to 20s) – Agnes’ fallen sister, a hardcore geek and closeted lesbian. In real life, she was meek and often picked on by “the cool kids”, but in the fantasy world of Dungeons & Dragons, she is Tillius the Paladin, a certified butt-kicker and heroic champion of all that is good and right.
Chuck (teens to 20s) – a dyed-in-the-wool geek and Dungeon Master extraordinaire, Chuck is Agnes’ guide through the world of Dungeons & Dragons. He’s a bit sassy and has an oddball sense of humor. Chubby and self-conscious about it.
Miles (20s to 30s) – Agnes’ boyfriend, well-meaning but a bit out-of-touch. He is not equipped to help her deal with the loss of her family, but he tries anyway. Totally clueless (and a little judgemental) when it comes to matters of geekdom.
Vera (30s to 40s) – Agnes’ only friend. She’s a foul-mouthed guidance counselor who dislikes Miles and finds Agnes’ whole Dungeons & Dragons thing more than a bit silly. Can come through in the clutch, though.
Lilith (teens to 20s) – An axe-wielding Demon Queen and Tilly’s in-game girlfriend. She has a propensity and a talent for violence and can chop down more than her share of goblins. In the real world, she’s Lilly, a normal teenage girl whom Tilly has a crush on.
Kaliope (teens to 20s) – An athletic and alluring Dark Elf and the group’s resident wilderness expert. She’s a bit obtuse when it comes to the finer points of human emotion. In the real world, she’s Kelly, a recent convert to the world of nerdiness. Kelly has cerebral palsy and walks with the aid of crutches.
Orcus (teens to 20s) – The FORMER Overlord of the Underworld, Orcus now prefers to spend his days watching TV and eating Cheez Whiz. He gets dragged along for the ride and spends most of his time wise-cracking. In the real world, he’s Ronnie, a geeky teen and the brother of Kelly.
Steve (teens to 20s) – A great mage who somehow gets himself killed over and over and over again, without putting up much of a fight. In the real world, he is also Steve and shy teen and total pushover.
Evil Gabbi and Evil Tina (teens to 20s) – A pair of blood-sucking demons who bully Agnes and Tilly and just generally put the party through hell. In the real world, they are Gabbi and Tina, a pair of popular cheerleaders who bullied Tilly and just generally put her through hell. Dance/Cheer experience a plus.
Auditions will be held at the Iowa City Public Library:
- Sunday, August 20, 1:00-5:00 – Meeting Room A
- Monday, August 21, 6:00-9:00 – Meeting Room A
(Callbacks, if needed) Thursday, August 24, 6:00-9:00 – Meeting Room B
Actors do not need to prepare a monologue. Sides will be provided for cold readings. Please come prepared with a list of conflicts between now and Nov. 5.
Roles for 7 women, 3 men and a varied ensemble of monsters and puppet operators. The ages, ethnicities and other demographics of most characters are flexible and preference will be given to the best fit for the role. Stage combat is involved for most roles. Some actors may be asked to play multiple roles or to also serve as monsters and puppet operators.
Copies of the script are available at the second-floor info desk at the ICPL.
Any questions can be posted below or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org