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Fantasy comes to life in 'She Kills Monsters'
GSU production aims to find your inner geek
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Sade Cox, left, as Tilly, and Will Cox as the Devil are shown in a scene from "She Kills Monsters," which is playing at Georgia Southern's Black Box Theater now through Nov. 17. - photo by Photo courtesy Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern's Theater and Performance production of "She Kills Monsters" invites the audience to find their inner geek.

"She Kills Monsters" opened Wednesday and runs through Nov. 17 at the Black Box Theater inside the university's Center for Art and Theater. Performances on Nov. 9-12 and Nov. 15-17 are at 7:30 p.m. There is also a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 13, and the cast will take a day off on Nov. 14.

"Monsters" playwright Qui Nguyen boldly goes where generations of dungeon masters have gone before to tell the story of a young woman who, in losing herself in a game, reclaims a loved one. Agnes is grieving over the loss of her 15-year-old sister, Tilly, in a car crash. Seeking to know the sister she has lost, Agnes enters Tilly's fantasy world to discover more about her sister and the world in which she lived.

Directed by professor Nicholas Newell, the production engages the audience with an escape into the world of fantasy, grief and gaming. Filled with sword fights and monsters and the odd gelatinous cube, the cast hopes the comedy will touch your heart and release your inner geek.

Professional fight choreographer Jake Guinn and assistant Caitlyn Larsen were brought in to train the student actors and create the multiple fight sequences for the production. Guinn is the youngest teacher ever to be certified by the Society of American Fight Directors. Larsen is a certified actor of the society. Both choreographers work in stage and film in Atlanta, acting, choreographing fights and doing stunt work.

"Jake and Cate are bringing a level of artistry and discipline to the process that has been terrific for our students and should delight our audiences," Newell said. "His knowledge of various martial arts forms and a wide range of weaponry is impressive, even within the society."

Kelsey Poole, a student actor in the production, said the cast is excited about showcasing the skills the pair has taught them.

"There are so many kinds of fights in this show, from hand-to-hand, sword fighting, dance offs - and that's what gives the show its layers [and] variety," she said. "This is a very action-packed show, but it also has a lot of heart. So expect a few pulls on the heartstrings along with the gut punches."

"She Kills Monsters" features Poole as Agnes, Sade Thomas as Tilly, David Jackson as Chuck and Joey Simon as Miles.

Tickets are $6 for students and youth and $12 for faculty, staff and community members. All seating is general admission. Call the box office at (912) 478-5379 to make reservations, or purchase tickets at



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