by qui nguyen

Directed by Leslie mccauley

march 5, 6, 12, 13 at 7:30pm

march 14 at 2pm

Streaming Live on YouTube

2020/2021

SEASON

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ABOUT THE SHOW

Dungeons and Dragons! Having lost her younger sister in a tragic accident, Agnes Evans begins the painful task of packing Tilly's room. She realizes how little she knew her sister when she discovers a scenario Tilly wrote for the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons. With the help of a “dungeon master,” Agnes embarks on a quest to learn more about the sister she’s lost and soon finds herself in a world where fantasy and reality collide. Inhabited by nasty ogres, homicidal fairies, and slacker monsters, this imaginative comedy is both a wild adventure and a touching exploration of loss and acceptance.

RUNNING TIME

1 hour 30 minutes without intermission

 “She Kills Monsters” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

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ARTISTIC

TEAM

 

 

Director

Digital Director

Scenic, Shadow Puppet, Props Designer

Costume, Makeup/Hair, Hand Puppet Designer

Sound Designer

Fight Director

Dance Choreographer

Stage Manager

Asst. Stage Manager

Scenic Design Mentor

 

 

 

LESLIE MCCAULEY

EMILY HANSEN

KRISTINE HAKIM

ARIEL ALLEN

JUSTIN SMITH

CARLA PANTOJA

GABRIAL RIZO

MAGGIE DAVIS

AIMÉE LE ROI

PETER CROMPTON

DIRECTOR'S NOTES

We intended to mount Qui Nguyen’s fantasy-comedy She Kills Monsters in our sparkly new Studio Theatre. The design team and I were far into that process when it was announced that SRJC would be online for spring. Luckily, COVID is the Mother of Invention for theatre people and the playwright quickly adapted his script to be produced on Zoom, changing the title to She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms.

 

We chose this show because quite a few of our Theatre students are Dungeons & Dragons players, the show has a strong female focus, it is written by an artist of color, it has a theme of diversity, inclusion, and anti-bullying, and it offers excellent acting opportunities for young actors, including fight sequences for women.

 

Behind Nguyen’s pop-y and snappy dialogue that is filled with 90s slackerisms and high school-speak, lies a touching story of loss and acceptance. It celebrates the gaming geek in all of us. The story is at once epic (an Odyssey in a land of monsters) and a small family drama. It is a quirky celebration of how creativity and imagination help us heal from loss and help us to discover, and hopefully accept, who we really are.

 

We hunger to be back in our Burbank theatres with you, hearing your pre-show chatter from the wings, your hush as house fades to half, your expectation as the lights come up and your laughter, sighs, and of course, applause. We are surprised that some of that theatre magic is still possible online. So, in celebration of what live theatre can do, we offer you ‘rough magic,’ where you are reminded that you are in a theatre, where you see the ‘man behind the curtain,’ where things can potentially go disastrously wrong, and where, miraculously, all the players eventually land on their feet.

 

In the end, the play asks: “Did you have fun?”

 

We hope you do.

 

Thank you for joining our world of Dungeons & Dragons.

 

Leslie McCauley

Director

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CAST

 

 

Agnes

Tilly

Chuck

Vera

Miles

Kaliope

Lilith

Orcus

The Great Mage Steve

Evil Tina/Puppeteer

Evil Gabbi

Narrator

Farrah the Faerie

Shadow Puppeteers

 

 

 

CLAIRE GRODRIAN

LIZZY BIES

MARIO HERRERA

ANGEL RENEE

DANIEL DOW

ADRIANNA RASMUSSEN

CORYNNE SPENCER

ALEX DELZELL

ERIC CAMERON

LORELEI VOEGELS

ESTEFANI CHAVEZ

GWENDOLYN PHAIR

DESTANI ('ENA) ALAPA

LESLIE MCCAULEY &

KARL FORSYTH

 DESTANI ('ENA) ALAPA (Farrah the Faerie) is a graduate of Santa Rosa High School’s Artquest program, where she performed in The Laramie Project (multiple characters) and The Bacchae of Euripides. While at ArtQuest, 'Ena also studied hair and makeup, costumes, sets, and was a student director. Spring 2020, she appeared as Holly in SRJC’s The Wedding Singer.

LIZZY BIES (Tilly) is currently a senior at the Marin School of the Arts, where she has performed in shows, as well as served on the crew. Her favorite role so far has been Simon in Lord of the Flies at Cinnabar Theatre. This is her first production at SRJC.

 

ERIC CAMERON (The Great Mage Steve) made his stage debut last fall as Hector MacQueen in SRJC's Murder on the Orient Express. He has fallen in love with both acting and the amazing theatre community at SRJC. He is delighted to be a part of She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms.

 

ESTEFANI CHAVEZ (Evil Gabbi) is excited to perform in her first SRJC production. She was born in Guatemala and moved to the United States at the age of 7. She joined the Theatre department four years ago and began exploring her love of dancing and acting. She has performed in two short films: Café and Follow Me (in production).

 

ALEX DELZELL (Orcus) has been taking acting and voice classes at Santa Rosa Junior College since August 2020. Since then, he played Sam Wainwright/Ensemble in Theatre Arts’ production of It's A Wonderful Life. Alex is excited to be a part of this show and is enjoying his acting journey.

 

DANIEL DOW (Miles) has enjoyed performing in two SRJC Theatre Arts plays: The Good Doctor by Neil Simon, in which he played The Seducer, and The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh, in which he played Cripple Billy.

 

MARIO GIANNI HERRERA (Chuck) has recently performed in: To Kill A Mockingbird (Jem, 6th Street Playhouse), Big the Musical (Billy, Berkeley Playhouse), The Addams Family (Pugsley, Spreckels), and A Christmas Story the Musical (Flick/Ralphie, SF Playhouse), for which he received a 2018 Broadway World nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.

 

CLAIRE GRODRIAN (Agnes) attended MCHS where she performed in several shows. She now attends SRJC as an English major. Last fall she had the privilege of playing Mary Debenham in Murder on the Orient Express. Claire is very excited to be a part of this show!

 

GWENDOLYN PHAIR (Narrator) has been in many productions at Cinnabar Theatre, 6th Street Playhouse, The Ross Valley Players, and Novato Theatre Company. A favorite role is Young Mona in Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. Recently, she was in SRJC’s It’s a Wonderful Life. She is honored to be a part of this online production.

 

ADRIANNA (ANNIE) RASMUSSEN (Kaliope) began her theatre journey as a ballet dancer in 2014. In 2019 she performed in the ensemble in her first rock opera, SRJC’s Jesus Christ Superstar. She is a Sociology major and is also pursuing her Acting Certificate. She plans to teach dance and theatre to children and adults.

 

ANGEL RENEE (Vera) has been involved in the performing arts since the age of 2—acting, singing and dancing. She also loves working backstage as a sound board operator and technician. Serena completed the Theatre Arts Associates degree Fall 2020 and is excited to be in this show as she closes out her time at SRJC.

CORYNNE SPENCER (Lilith) graduated from Point Arena High School in 2020. Last fall, she enrolled at Santa Rosa Junior College in Theatre Arts. She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms is her first show.

 

LORELEI VOEGELS (Evil Tina/Puppeteer) graduated from Maria Carrillo High School in 2019. Since enrolling at Santa Rosa Junior College, she has performed in The Good Doctor, The Sound of Music, and Murder on the Orient Express. She hopes to pursue a BFA in Theatre Arts.

 

CAST BIOS

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PRODUCTION

CREW

 

Costume Crew

Makeup Crew

 

Mask/Costume Construction Crew

Props Crew

Running Crew

 

BRENDA TENA-ESPINOZA

ALE KWON ZAVALETA

PEYTON WHITESIDE

SOPHIE MARIE CARLTON

GRACE REID

ALEX JIMENEZ

ROWAN ORNEALLAS

DESTANI ('ENA) ALAPA

AURELIO AGUILAR
VANESSA JORDAN
KAELLIE CLEIN-CUNNINGHAM

BRITT KRULJAC
JACK RAMSES

BEN DONNER

BRITT KRULJAC

LETTER FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

In the past three years, Theatre Arts has faced many challenges: cancellations due to fires, performing in swing spaces, move-in delays to the remodeled Burbank, and now Covid-19 closures. Thank you for standing by and with our students. We are still here! The show will go on! 

 

We are adapting to our remote world and we are thrilled to welcome you back with inventive online performances for the fall and spring. These remote productions are challenging our staff, student designers and actors to explore bold, new ways of creating our live art form. Some of the shows will be performed completely live online, some will also include prerecorded footage. But rest assured that all of our shows will feature the outstanding production values and fine acting that you have come to expect from SRJC Theatre Arts.  

 

In these astonishing times, the faculty, staff and students raise our voices to join the swelling chorus of solidarity with those crying out their truth and with all those sounding the clarion call that Black Lives Matter and major social change is needed.  

 

With heartfelt appreciation for your support, 

 

Leslie McCauley 
Chair/Artistic Director 

PRODUCTION TEAM BIOS

ARIEL ALLEN (Costume, Hair, Makeup, Mask and Hand Puppet Designer) has designed costumes for SRJC since 2017, most recently last spring's The Cripple of Inishmaan. A freelance illustrator, she is also a teaching artist with San Francisco's Word for Word Performing Arts and ZSpace. Ariel holds an AA in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where she went on to also receive a BFA in Costume Design. 

PETER CROMPTON (Scenic Design Mentor) teaches design at SSU and SRJC. He works as a freelance set and projection designer and has won San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, Shellies, and other awards. Peter also makes monumental sculpture with his wife.

Their sculpture installations can be seen in Cotati, Paradise Ridge, and October in ARTrails.

 

MAGGIE DAVIS (Stage Manager) is in her third year at SRJC with the Theatre Arts Department. Highlights include Assistant Stage Manager for The Good Doctor, as well as Stage Manager for The Cripple of Inishmaan and Murder on the Orient Express. She is working towards her Associates for Transfer in Theatre Arts, with a Certificate in Stage Management.

 

KRISTINE HAKIM (Scenic, Shadow Puppetry and Properties Designer) has created display installations for various companies in Singapore, such as Gardens by the Bay, National Design Center, and Suntec City. She owns her own millinery brand, Eskpade Millinery and has created hats for international clients. Kristine trained at Raffles Design Institute in Singapore, Studio Berçot, and Lesage Embroidery School in Paris.

 

EMILY HANSEN (Digital Director) began creating online for the 1995 cybersoap Ferndale. She has rotoscoped for films and commercials, created training videos for the USCG, and taught at SRJC. Emily has a BA in Theatre from UC Davis, is working on her Masters in Film Studies, and is a member of SAG.

 

ANGELA HUNTER (Business Manager) is a jack-of-all-trades. She holds AA degrees in Culinary Arts from LA Trade Tech and Merchandise Marketing from FIDM. Most recently she completed her BA in Graphic Design & Media Arts. She is also a mom to two wonderful boys.

 

GABRIAL RIZO (Dance Choreographeris a student in SRJC’s Dance Program. He is an experienced cheerleader, dancer and choreographer, having choreographed for the SRJC Spring Dance Concert. This is his first show with Theatre Arts.

AIMÉE LE ROI (Assistant Stage Manager) has been with the SRJC Theatre Arts department for eight years. Highlights include Co-Stage Manager on It’s A Wonderful Life, ASM on The Cripple of Inishmaan and Jesus Christ Superstar, Assistant Scenic Designer on Shrek the Musical, and Assistant Lighting Designer on In the Heights.

 

LESLIE MCCAULEY (Department Chair/Artistic Director/Director) teaches theatre history and acting, with a focus on Shakespeare. Her most recent SRJC directing credit is The Cripple of Inishmaan. Leslie holds an MFA in Acting from UC Davis and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association. She is also an avid Argentine Tango dancer.

 

CARLA PANTOJA (Fight Director) is a certified stage combat instructor through Dueling Arts International and founding member of local Dueling Arts San Francisco. As fight director, she worked with SF Shakespeare Festival, SF Mime Troupe, Crowded Fire, Golden Thread, and California Shakespeare Theatre, among others. She was in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival acting company for 2020.

 

ARI POPPERS (Technical Director/Designer) received his B.A. in Technical Production/Design from San Francisco State University. This is Ari’s 13th year with the SRJC Theatre Arts Department. Ari’s 25-year career consists of working at many of the performing arts companies around the SF Bay Area and beyond.

 

JUSTIN J SMITH (Production Manager/Production Lab Instructor) is new to Sonoma County and is excited to join the fabulous production team here at Theatre Arts. Justin received his MFA from University of Virginia and has worked in several regional theatres across the country including Tony Award-winning Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island and ZaCH theatre in Austin, Texas. For the last 7 years he has worked as the Technical Director for Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.

COLEEN SCOTT TRIVETT (Production Crew Instructor) is a new faculty member in costume technology and makeup at Santa Rosa Junior College.  She has a Master's Degree in Costume Design from Boston University, is a proud member of IATSE USA Local 892 and has been a professional costume designer for over 20 years, primarily in New York City. Her scholarly monograph, The Costumes of Burlesque: 1866-2018 was published by Routledge, Taylor and Francis in 2019.

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THEO BRIDANT
PETER CROMPTON
ELIZABETH DALE
LAURA DOWNING-LEE
ALYCE FINWALL
CASANDRA HILLMAN
ANGELA HUNTER
SHANNON JAEGER
ROXIE JOHNSON
JULIA KWITCHOFF

FREYA MARCELIUS
REED MARTIN

CASSIDY MAYFIELD
LESLIE MCCAULEY
TINA LLOYD MEALS
VINCE MOTHERSBAUGH
JAMES NEWMAN
SARAH MARTIN
ARI POPPERS

COLEEN SCOTT TRIVETT
MARYANNE SCOZZARI
JOHN SHILLINGTON

JUSTIN SMITH
TANYA TOLMASOFF

JANIS DUNSUN WILSON
WENDY WISELY

 

Instructor/Stagecraft
Instructor/Designer
Instructor/Acting
Instructor/Director
Dance Faculty/Choreographer
Dance Faculty/Dance Concert
Theatre Arts Business Manager
SRT Business Manager
Instructor/Makeup and Hair
Instructor/Designer
Costume Studio Assistant

Instructor/Director
Scene Shop Assistant

Dept. Chair/Instructor/Director
Vocal Director
Instructor/Lighting
SRT Artistic Director
Box Office Manager
Theatre Arts Production Specialist
Instructor/Designer/Costumes

Instructor/Designer, retired Spring 2020
Instructor/Director

Instructor/Technical Theatre/Production Mgr
Dance Faculty/Dance Concert
Instructor/Music Director

Instructor/Acting

 

Frank Chong, Ed.D.

Superintendent/President 

Jane Saldana-Talley

Vice President, Academic Affairs/Assistant Superintendent 

Kerry Loewen

Dean of Arts & Humanities 

DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION

THEATRE ARTS FACULTY & STAFF 2020-2021

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Karl Forsyth

Kerry Loewen 

Matthew “Q” McQuaig and Media Services  

The sound designer would like to credit the artists

whose work was used in this piece: 

Bensound.com, Percival, TonalChaos, Turpak, Lucas King, Bobby Cup,

Robert E James, Tabletop Audio, Ambient Worlds, Vault of Ambience,

Epidemic Sound, and Storyblocks.

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We acknowledge that we gather at Santa Rosa Junior College on the territorial traditional land of the Pomo People in Santa Rosa and the Coast Miwok People in Petaluma, past and present, and honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations.

overcome/a devised play

Streaming Live on You Tube

Directed by Reed Martin

 

April 23, 24, 30, May 1 at 7:30pm

May 2 at 2pm

Please join us for this exciting new theatrical work created by our students. This devised play will combine acting, singing, dancing, poetry and stand-up . We’re giving voice to our community experience of the past three challenging years! Instructor Reed Martin guides the collaborative process, having been involved in the development of new student works at UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, Napa Valley College, and San Joaquin Delta College.

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we fall.

we break.

we fail.

 

but then,

 

we rise.

we heal.

we overcome.

                ~kiana azizian

Spring 20-21 Season

All performances for Spring 2021 will be streaming online.
Tickets will be sold as donations for the spring shows 

theatrearts.santarosa.edu

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PRODUCTION
STAFF

 

 

 

 

Artistic Director

Business Manager

Production Manager

Technical Director

Production Crew Instructors

                                                           Graphic Artists

Box Office Manager

Publicity and Production Photographer

 

 

 

 

LESLIE MCCAULEY

ANGELA HUNTER

JUSTIN SMITH

ARI POPPERS

JUSTIN SMITH

COLEEN SCOTT TRIVETT

JESSE HILSENRAD

ANGELA HUNTER

SARAH MARTIN

THOMAS CHOWN