Dungeons & Dragons Inspires New Comedy She Kills Monsters at Flea; Cast Announced

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The Flea Theater's world-premiere production of She Kills Monsters, a comedy about the people who play fantasy games like Dungeons & Dragons, will feature a cast drawn from The Bats, the resident acting company of the lower Manhattan Off-Off-Broadway organization.

Playwright Qui Nguyen's new work, directed by Robert Ross Parker, will begin Nov. 4 and open Nov. 17.

According to Flea notes, "In She Kills Monsters, 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 comedy fraught with hostile fairies, randy ogres, and '90s pop culture, She Kills Monsters is a heart-pounding homage to the badass (and geek) within us all."

The acting company will feature Satomi Blair, Allison Buck, Ugo Chukwu, Jack Corcoran, Edgar Eguia, Cleo Grey, Raul Sigmund Julia, Annabel Lalonde, Bruce A. Lemon, Sean McIntyre, Megha Nabe, Margaret Odette, Brett Ashley Robinson and Nicky Schmidlein.

The design team includes Nick Francone (set and lighting), Jessica Pabst (costumes), Shane Rettig (sound), David Valentine (puppets), Kate Sinclair Foster (props & asst. set), Mike Chin (fight director), Mimi Quillin (choreography), Patrick Metzger (assistant sound) and Michelle Kelleher (stage manager).

Nguyen is a playwright, screenwriter, and co-artistic director of the Obie Award-winning Vampire Cowboys. Recent scripts include the hip-hop musical Krunk Fu Battle Battle (East West Players), Soul Samurai (Ma-Yi Theater & Vampire Cowboys), Bike Wreck (Ensemble Studio Theater), Aliens versus Cheerleaders (Keen Teens), and the critically acclaimed Vampire Cowboys productions of Fight Girl Battle World and Alice In Slasherland. Time Out New York cited Qui as one of ten downtown "Playwrights to Watch." Qui is a member of New Dramatists, the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and The Playwrights Center. Currently, his writing can be seen in HERE's production of Lush Valley and coming this February 2012 will be the Off-Broadway run of The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G at Theater Row being produced by Ma-Yi Theater and Vampire Cowboys. Parker is the co-artistic director of the Obie Award-winning Vampire Cowboys.

The Flea will also host the Dungeons & Dragons-inspired art exhibit "Doomslangers." "Successfully presented at New York's Allegra LaViola Gallery last winter, artist Casey Jex Smith brings to life a D&D adventure to save the mythical city of Dingershare from the evil Lord Ricaek," according to the Flea. The exhibit can be viewed in the Flea's lobby one-hour before the show.

She Kills Monsters will play to Dec. 23. The schedule is Tuesday-Saturday at 7 PM and Saturday & Sunday at 3 PM. All Tuesday performances are Pay-What-You-Can (one ticket per person; subject to availability at the door only) and Saturday matinees are $10.

The Flea is located at 41 White Street between Church and Broadway, three blocks south of Canal. Tickets are $25 and are available by calling (212) 352-3101 or online at www.theflea.org.

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Off-Off-Broadway's The Flea Theater operates under artistic director Jim Simpson and producing director Carol Ostrow. It is winner of a Special Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Achievement.

The Bats are the resident acting company members of The Flea Theater. Each year over a thousand actors audition for a place in this unique company. The Bats perform in extended runs of challenging classic and new plays. The Bats have recently appeared in world premieres by A.R. Gurney, Will Eno, Adam Rapp, Beau Willimon, Mac Wellman, Elizabeth Swados, Thomas Bradshaw, Itmar Moses, Sheila Callaghan, Julian Sheppard, Ken Urban, Tommy Smith, Jonathan Reynolds, Trista Baldwin and Laurel Haines.

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