Current Season, 2022-2023


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  Department of Dance, Music, and Theatre presents

She Kills Monsters

Written by Qui Nguyen

The Department of Dance, Music, and Theatre at Cal Poly Humboldt and the Associated Students presents “She Kills Monsters” written by Qui Nguyen and directed by Sarah Peters Gonzales. Opening night is October 21st at 7:30 p.m. at the John Van Duzer Theatre. Tickets are $10 General, $8 Senior/Child/Student, and FREE for Cal Poly Humboldt students with ID. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at


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She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans (played by Miah Carter), an average woman who loses her parents and little sister Tilly (Geneva Bell) in a car accident. Having been very 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,” says director Sarah Peters 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.”


The play is indeed full of laughs, stage combat—and monsters! The game Dungeons and Dragons is the central story-telling device of the play. The party members characters—and the monsters, fairies, and various big bad bosses they battle—are brought to life by actors in costume and make-up, but also using puppets, lighting, and even film techniques.  “As a person who has played D&D for years with my family, it feels great to see a show that successfully incorporates the elements that make the game such a fun, imaginative part of our life. The D&D world is the perfect landscape to tell this meaningful story.” Says Peters Gonzales.


While many of the show’s jokes are rooted in the gameplay of D&D the show is also full of 90’s references “…the show does a great job of bridging different generations. It's set in the 1990s. 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,” Peter Gonzales says of the shows design and aesthetic.


Head stage manager Erika McCall is helming the backstage of She Kills Monsters. “This is my second time stage managing a production of She Kills Monsters!” McCall Exclaims. They previously Stage Managed the zoom production She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms. When asked why people should come see the show, McCall quipped “Besides dragons, D&D, and fun loveable characters?” They continued, “If they're not familiar with the show, I think they'll be surprised about how the story ends. It's not your typical "they lived happily ever after". It's more bittersweet.” Actor Geneva Bell, who plays the role of Tilly responded, “Fight scenes!” also, “It’s queer and funny, what more do you need?” Director Peters Gonzales adds, “It has all the feels. People should come see She Kills Monsters because it will be a good night out.”


Adult Language. All humans, elves, orcs, demons, and other mythical beings 15+ welcome.


Dates and Times: October 21st, 22nd, 28th, and 29th at 7:30pm, October 23rd, and 30th at 2:00pm

Location: John Van Duzer Theatre, Cal Poly Humboldt, Arcata CA 95521

Price: $10 General, $8 Senior/Child/Student, and FREE for Cal Poly Humboldt students with ID

Ticket Purchase:

Contact For tickets: 707-826-3928


General Questions: Cal Poly Humboldt Department of Dance, Music, and Theatre, 707-826-3566,