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"Rumor has it you know a thing or two about D&D."
Agnes Evans
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She Kills Monsters is a dramatic comedy play by Qui Nguyen that debuted in 2011. It is the story of Agnes Evans, a young woman leaving her childhood home shortly after the death of her geeky little sister, Tilly. Upon finding a homemade Dungeons & Dragons module Tilly made shortly before her passing, Agnes decides to play the game in order to understand her sister more. To this end, she enlists the assistance of Chuck, a teenager who used to play D&D with Tilly.

The play jumps between the real world and the game world as Agnes travels through the quest from the module to learn about the girl she called sister.


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She Kills Monsters provides examples of:

  • Abridged for Children: The "Young Adventurer's Edition" changes the older characters from 20-somethings into high schoolers and omits the more harsh profanity.
  • Action Girl: In the game world, all of the female adventurers are fighters and warriors.
  • The Big Bad: The five-headed dragon goddess The Tiamat.
  • Cast Full of Gay: All the characters Tilly made for her game world are gay because she herself was gay.
  • The Hero: Agnes Evans, the main protagonist.
  • The '90s: The play is set in 1995, with all of the appropriate pop culture references included.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Agnes's boyfriend begins to suspect she is cheating on him with Chuck, when they are in fact just playing D&D together.
  • Posthumous Character: Tilly appears on stage through the game module she left behind.
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