‘She Kills Monsters’
The Department of Dance, Music, and Theatre at Cal Poly Humboldt and the Associated Students will present “She Kills Monsters” — written by Qui Nguyen and directed by Sarah Peters Gonzales.
Opening night is Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the John Van Duzer Theatre. Tickets are $10 general, $8 for seniors, children and students, and free for Cal Poly Humboldt students with ID. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at centerarts.humboldt.edu. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster is still required for all guests on campus. At press time, the wearing of face masks is not mandatory, but is strongly encouraged.
“She Kills Monsters” tells the story of Agnes Evans (played by Miah Carter), who loses her parents and little sister Tilly (Geneva Bell) in a car accident. Having been distant from her sister while she was alive, Agnes embarks on an adventure to get to know her sister better by playing a Dungeons & Dragons module that Tilly had written, and discovers things she’d never imagined.
“The story is about trying to understand someone who died too soon,” said Gonzales. “This theme especially feels appropriate after getting through the years of being apart, afraid to come together in person, with unexpected losses of loved ones. In a different show, this might feel really heavy, but this show effectively lets you think about those sad feelings with tons of laughs and stage combat.”
While many of the show’s jokes are rooted in the game play of D&D the show is also full of 1990’s references.
“The show does a great job of bridging different generations. … The cast members and designers, whether they lived during the ’90s or not, are having a great time with the cultural references, which are influencing everything in the show from the lights to the costumes to the music,” Gonzales said.
This production — for those 15 and older — features adult language. The show runs Friday and Saturday, then continues Oct. 28 and 29, all at 8 p.m. There are also matinees on Sunday and on Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. All shows take place in the John Van Duzer Theatre at Cal Poly Humboldt, Arcata. For more information, contact the Department of Dance, Music, and Theatre at 707-826-3566 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SeepeopleS will perform Monday at 8 p.m. at the Siren Song’s Tavern, 325 Second St., Eureka.
A press release for the show says the group — which recently released its sixth album, “Field Guide For Survival In This Dying World” — has toured the country for more than two decades “bringing their defiant, politically charged music to the masses.”
“Everything I’ve written for SeepeopleS has been about how our world exists and breaks down around us. But if this world, our world, is ending, how do we survive it together?” said Will Bradford, SeepeopleS’ bandleader, songwriter and producer.
For more information about the show, go to https://www.sirenssongtavern.com.