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.
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
Scenic, Shadow Puppet, Props Designer
Costume, Makeup/Hair, Hand Puppet Designer
Asst. Stage Manager
Scenic Design Mentor
AIMÉE LE ROI
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.
The Great Mage Steve
Farrah the Faerie
DESTANI ('ENA) ALAPA
LESLIE MCCAULEY &
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.
Mask/Costume Construction Crew
ALE KWON ZAVALETA
SOPHIE MARIE CARLTON
DESTANI ('ENA) ALAPA
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,
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 Choreographer) is 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.
TINA LLOYD MEALS
COLEEN SCOTT TRIVETT
JANIS DUNSUN WILSON
Dance Faculty/Dance Concert
Theatre Arts Business Manager
SRT Business Manager
Instructor/Makeup and Hair
Costume Studio Assistant
Scene Shop Assistant
SRT Artistic Director
Box Office Manager
Theatre Arts Production Specialist
Instructor/Designer, retired Spring 2020
Instructor/Technical Theatre/Production Mgr
Dance Faculty/Dance Concert
Frank Chong, Ed.D.
Vice President, Academic Affairs/Assistant Superintendent
Dean of Arts & Humanities
THEATRE ARTS FACULTY & STAFF 2020-2021
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.
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.
Production Crew Instructors
Box Office Manager
Publicity and Production Photographer
COLEEN SCOTT TRIVETT