The Seton Hill University Theatre Program will present “She Kills Monsters” by Qui Nguyen April 17 to 25 in the William Granger Ryan Theatre, Performing Arts Center, 100 Harrison Avenue, Greensburg, Pa. Tickets are $16, with student and group rates available. A reception catered by Duane’s Cafe on Grove follows the opening night performance on April 17. Call the Seton Hill Performing Arts Center Box Office for tickets at 724-552-2929 or purchase tickets online at www.setonhill.edu/tickets.
“She Kills Monsters” is a thrilling, swashbuckling adventure complete with geeks, warriors, murderous monsters, ogres and fairies. The play follows the adventures of Agnes Evans as she enters the world of fantasy role-playing games in a quest to discover the secret life of her teenage sister, Tilly. Laced with humor, combat, fantasy and the struggle of coming to terms with the past, Time Out Chicago named “She Kills Monsters” one of the 10 best plays of the 2013 season.
Playwright Qui Nguyen is Co-Founder of the OBIE Award-winning Vampire Cowboys of NYC. His work has been lauded as “Culturally Savvy Comedy” by the New York TImes, “Infectious Fun” by Variety and “Tour De Force Theatre” by Time Out New York. This past season the Chicago Tribune praised him as a “refreshing, break-the-rules writer.”
Please note this production contains explicit language that some viewers may find offensive.
Performances: April 17, 18, 23, 24, 25: 8 p.m.; April 19: 2 p.m.
The Seton Hill student cast of “She Kills Monsters” includes Layne Bailey of Wexford, Pa.; Elena Falgione of Glenshaw, Pa.; Lauren Grasser of Johnstown, Pa.; DeShaun Herzog of Titusville, Pa.; Haley Mendola of Monongahela, Pa.; Paige Overly of North Huntingdon, Pa.; NaTania Parker of Buffalo, NY; Dustin Pealstrom of Westmoreland, Pa.; Josh Reardon of McMurray, Pa.; Katelynn Reist of Cleona, Pa.; and James Scharer of Greensburg, Pa.
The Seton Hill student technical staff includes Sarah Chelli of Lawrence, Pa., make-up, hair and wig crew; Ian Denham of Bunola, Pa., dresser; Jena Grgurich of Pittsburgh, Pa., assistant stage manager; Ryan Hall of Greensburg, Pa., light board operator; Kaylee Hansberry of New Kensington, Pa., dresser; Jess Hyland of Chemung, NY, house manager; Hannah Kirschner of North East, Pa., dresser; Jyna Kovel of Pittsburgh, PA, Make-up Manager; Jayme Martin of McAlisterville, Pa., stage manager; Angela Mazzocco of Imperial, Pa., dresser; Hayley McLean of Elkridge, Md.; assistant to the costumer designer and wardrobe manager; Jamie Pasquinelli of Jefferson Hills, Pa., make-up, hair and wig crew; Adam Sarp of Latrobe, Pa., audio assistant; Selena Vinciguerra of East Pittsburgh,PA , dance choreographer and Courtney Seibert of Chambersburg, Pa., assistant stage manager.
Seton Hill Theatre’s production of “She Kills Monsters” is directed by Steven Wilson, adjunct instructor of theatre. Professional artistic staff for the production includes Patty Barker, costume shop manager; Cheryl Capezzuti, puppet design; Ken Clothier, assistant professor of theatre, lighting and sound design; Karen Glass, assistant professor of theatre, scene design; Randy Kovitz, fight choreographer; Vincent Lobello, technical director; and Susan O’Neill, instructor of theatre, costume design;
Venue Information: All Seton Hill Theatre performances are held in the William Granger Ryan Theatre in Seton Hill’s Performing Arts Center, 100 Harrison Avenue, Greensburg, Pa. The Performing Arts Center is a fully accessible and climate-controlled facility. Parking is available in four nearby Greensburg parking areas: the Bell Parking Garage on North Otterman Street (across the street from the Performing Arts Center), the Hellman-Ghrist lot on North Main Street, the Albert Grillo lot on Seton Hill Drive and the Wib Albright lot off West Otterman Street.
Ticket Information: Single admission tickets are $16. Seton Hill students (with valid ID) can purchase tickets for $5. Non-Seton Hill students (with a valid school ID) can purchase advance tickets for $13. Students from any school can purchase rush tickets five minutes before curtain, subject to availability, for $5 (with valid school ID). Groups of six or more can purchase tickets at a rate of $11 each with a reservation and advance payment. Order tickets online at http://www.setonhill.edu/tickets by phone at 724-552-2929, or by mail at SHUPAC Theatre Box Office, Seton Hill University, 1 Seton Hill Drive, Greensburg, Pa. 15601-1599. Box Office Hours, by telephone: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Extended hours on performance days: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday.
Seton Hill University’s Performing Arts Center is 73,000 square feet of everything a performing arts major needs to move from student to professional. The Center houses two dedicated, flexible performance spaces, the Carol Ann Reichgut Concert Hall and the William Granger Ryan Theatre. The Center also includes a performance studio, new classrooms, rehearsal rooms and technical areas that include the best equipment for learning and performing, from Steinway pianos to the latest in lighting, sound, video and acoustics. The Center is located in downtown Greensburg, putting it squarely in the middle of the city’s cultural district yet still only minutes from Seton Hill’s main hilltop campus.
The Seton Hill University Theatre Program has a long history of educating performing arts majors for professional careers while playing a vital role in the educational life of the campus. Seton Hill’s Theatre Program offers four full-length productions (as well as a number of shorter works) each year that generate audiences of over 3,500 and speak to topics addressed in courses across Seton Hill’s curriculum. For more information on the Theatre Program at Seton Hill, please visit www.setonhill.edu or call 724-552-2934.