June 9-25, 2023
SHE KILLS MONSTERS
By Qui Nguyen
She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she finds herself catapulted into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was her sister’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.
Rebecca Cauthorn (Agnes Evans) has always dreamed of killing monsters, and is so excited to be returning to theater with this incredible cast and crew! An elementary school teacher by day, Rebecca has a degree in theater from Illinois Wesleyan University, and was most recently Samantha in “Indoor/Outdoor” and Puck in “A Midsummer Night's Dream". She is so excited to be returning to SSR’s stage with such a fun show! Special thanks to my phenomenal family, friends, and boyfriend, I couldn’t have done it without you. Buckle up, and get ready to fight some monsters!
Erin Elkins (Tilly Evans) is a recent University of Central Florida graduate with a BFA in Musical Theatre. She has recently moved from Florida to Washington with hopes of pursuing a career in theater. Recently Erin performed the role of Teen Fiona in Shrek the Musical and has been working with Naomi Morgan Entertainment as a “Singing For Seniors” cabaret performer. She has loved her time in Washington so far and is beyond excited to be making her stage debut at SSR.
Miki Murray (Kaliope/Kelly) is thrilled to kick some ass on the SSR stage again! Her growing love for this theater is only matched by her growing love for stage combat. She would like to thank her D&D adventuring party for understanding why she had to miss a few sessions and hopes they have as much fun watching this show as she is having living out this fantasy!
Katie Wallace (Lilith/Lilly) is thrilled to be making her SSR debut! Previous roles include: Katherine in The Taming and Janet in Rocky Horror Show (Red Curtain Foundation), Lila in Holiday Inn (Central Theatre Ensemble). BFA Musical Theatre (CWU). Love and gratitude to my parents, sister, and boyfriend Josiah for continual support, encouragement, and snacks throughout this journey (everyone knows a D&D player is only as strong as their snack game, after all). IG: @misskatiechristine
Jillian Faulk (Vera/Evil Gabbi/The Beholder) is stoked to be making her SSR debut! Although she is fairly new to the Seattle area, you may have seen her recently as Margaret in Tacoma Little Theatre’s production of “Silent Sky”, or as Yokel in Willy’s Dead production of “The Winter’s Tale”. Jillian graduated from Central Washington University with her BFA in Theatre Performance, and is so happy to finally be able to put her degree to use! She would like to thank her family and friends for their endless support in her theatrical endeavors.
Grace Madland (Narrator/Evil Tina/Farrah the Faurie) is delighted to make her SSR debut! Some of her previous stage appearances include Anna Gottisman in “Arrivals”, an original work by Art Feinglass, and Bonnie in “Why?” for The Edmonds Driftwood Players Festival of Shorts. Grace also has found her way to the screen in numerous short films shot in the PNW, and produces her own film projects with her twin sister, Holly. Some of Grace’s favorite pastimes include fencing and backpacking through the beautiful wilderness of Washington State. Grace would like to thank her partner, Erik, for all of his support of her creative endeavors.
Tadd Morgan (Miles) is thrilled to be rolling 20s at SSR! He was last seen onstage here in The Runaway Bunny. He has performed with many local companies including Pacific Play Company, Hello Earth, Macha Theatre Works, Parley, Seattle Public Theater, and Pork Filled Productions. He was a regular cast member and sometimes writer of the audio series Brass by Battleground Productions. His voice can also be heard in audiobooks, video games, and commercials. A NW native, Tadd began his theatrical career at Youth Theatre NW and continued his training at Bennington College in Vermont.
Jack Anderson (Chuck) is happy to return to the SSR stage, Jack feels luckier than rolling a natural 20 to be working on such a fun piece with a phenomenal cast and crew! Past credits include Twelve Angry Jurors, Saint Joan, 9 to 5, Legally Blonde, and Fiddler on the Roof. You may have also seen him die several times performing in murder mysteries with Events on the Edge! Special thanks to Hannah, Tammi, Detta and the fam for all the help along the way!
Alex Otto (Steve) is excited to work with SSR for the first time! Previously, she has been seen as Freddy at VCS A Christmas Carol, along with various techie roles in their productions the past two years. She would like to thank her closest friends and family for their encouragement and support!
Stav Hinenzon (Orcus/Ronnie) She Kills Monsters is Stav Hinenzon’s first theater production in six years, and he could not be more excited to be here! Previously, he has appeared in Weston Drama Workshop’s productions of Billy Elliott, as George, and The Tempest, as Caliban. He has also appeared as voice actor in the video games Pair-a-Site, Mosh Pit, and Trappist Landing. By day, he is a game developer, working as a technical game designer at Sony.
MEET THE PRODUCTION TEAM
Kate Swenson (Director) is a writer, director, actor, and designer working throughout the Seattle area. Most recently at SSR she wrote/directed A Fluffy Tale of Adventure with John Allman. Other SSR directing credits include: The Last Starfighter and Fancy Nancy. She has also appeared on stage as Berte in Boeing Boeing and as Poppy in Noises Off! Coming up at SSR, the world premier of the new Swenson/Allman musical: Bee Present. Check out Kate's plays at www.pinkllamadrama.com. Endless gratitude and love to her very own weapon wielding hero: He Who Slays Moles.
Steven Hochteil (Fight Choreographer) Steven is excited to be joining this show as its Fight Choreographer. He is a graduate of theater arts from Fullerton College in California. He has choreographed several productions over the years such as Macbeth, Man of La Mancha, and A streetcar named desire to just name a few. This production is the largest fight production he has been apart of and he is enjoying every minute of it. The cast and crew have but a lot of hard work into this production and he couldn’t be prouder of the results. While not choreographing fights Steven spends his time performing on stage in the Improv troupe Once Told Tales here in Redmond as well as acting on stage. He spends his down time playing video games and playing DND with his friends. He would like to thank his lovely wife, of 10 years this June, Barbara for loving and supporting him and always encouraging him to strive for greatness. He hopes you enjoy the show and open you mind to imagination and the possibility’s those worlds can bring.
Elizabeth Shipman (Costume Designer) Wigs, Wings and crazy creatures what more could a costumery wish for? Helpers. This show she has 2. Yeah Thank you, Michael for all your support.
SueAnne Luchenta (Costume Assistant) is an east coast transplant and relatively new to the theater world. Her love of costumes and all things fashion comes from a life long obsession with Halloween. She would like to Thank her Parents, Bob and Anne her Siblings Rob and Sara, her cousin, Susan and her personal Leading Man Larry Shaw for all the love, support, answering of endless questions, responding to late night texts and helping her through her creative process.
Kasey Christie (Costume Assistant) is proud of the hooves they accomplished for this production. They wish to thank their mentor and all those who have cheered them on along the way.
Annie Simonton (Stage Manager)
Mark Chenovick (Set Design/Technical Director) has been designing, building, and painting sets since the mid-eighties. Having the fortune to begin his theatrical career under the tutelage of Don McLaughlin in his hometown of Helena Montana, Mark continued his training at the University of Washington where he was accepted into the Graduate Design Seminar his sophomore year. With subsequent degrees in Art History and Drama, Mark went on to serve as technical director/designer for multiple organizations including: Virginia Musical Theatre, Fort Peck Summer Theatre, the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Little Theater of the Rockies, and the Norfolk Governor’s School for the Arts. As Technical Director/Production Manager of the national tour of Anything Goes (starring Gloria Loring) Mark travelled around the United States and Canada realizing that there is no place quite as wonderful as the Pacific Northwest. Shortly after the turn of the millennium, and following a brief stint as a carpenter at The Studio Theatre in Washington D.C., he moved back to Seattle. Locally he has worked behind the scenes for the Village Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, Redwood Theatre, and, of course, SecondStory Repertory.
Mark Chenovick (Sound Design) I began my sound design journey splicing reel-to-reel tape together in the basement of the original Penthouse Theater on the University of Washington campus but it was my brief time in the MFA program at Utah State University, where I learned the joys of digital sound design, and subsequently, became hooked on sound design for life. Having provided composed and curated underscoring and soundscaping, original and sourced sound effects, and performance amplification services for multiple theaters across the US, I have felt the most at home at SSR. Special thanks to Squolfie, ‘lil Squolf, and my extended family. You are the music of my life. #bandistoohot #sorrynotsorry
Mark Chenovick (Lights/Projection Design) has designed projections for over 100 shows in the last ten years. Prior to that he worked with CJS design, a website design and hosting company, developing custom websites for clients ranging from Draper Valley Farms to Seattle Film Group. He also co-created and ran the now defunct SeattleActor.com, a website focused on Seattle area theater, featuring audition listings, helpful articles, and show reviews. In addition to projections, Mark also designs all of the marketing materials you see at SSR including; posters, show graphics, and website. All my love to Jen. Enjoy the show!