BELFAST — After a year hiatus from live theater, Midcoast Theater Company (formally Midcoast Actors Studio) is back for its 10th anniversary season in 2021. Its first production is the teen play She Kills Monsters, running May 28 - June 6 in Belfast.
Monsters tells the story of high schooler Agnes Evans as she deals with the death of her younger sister, Tilly. When Agnes stumbles upon Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, 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 full of homicidal fairies, nasty monsters, and 90’s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Hguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all,” said MTC, in a news release.
She Kills Monsters premiered at the Flea Theater in New York City in 2011.
Annabelle Lisa plays the lead role of Agnes. Marina Bannister plays her sister Tilly. Blaine Boland is Chuck, the D&D master. Eliot Andrews is Lilith, Tilly’s love interest. Phoebe Norman is the elf Kaliope. Connor Bowles plays the demon Orcus. Agnes’ boyfriend Miles is played by Ethan Moody. Her friend Vera is played by Gemma Bradney. Maddie Mailloux is Farrah the Fairie. Reilly Newton is unlucky Steve. Ada Curry and Talia Collins play multiple monsters.
Angela Bonacasa is the fight director. Jason Bannister is the stage director. Talia Collins stage manages and is the poster designer. Sarah Joy designs the costumes. Jennifer Lisa designs and builds the amazing props. Puppets are designed and built by Willow Cordes-Eklund. Dominic Williams is the sound designer. Lauren Squier assists in fight direction.
MTC Artistic Director Jason Bannister and costumer Sarah Joy wrote grants through the Maine Arts Commission and Maine Humanties Council for the production to collaborate with local professionals, as well as The Game Loft and school GSTA groups (gay straight transgender alliance). These collaborations work to address the play’s themes of bullying, sexuality, and tragic loss. The play is appropriate for high schoolers and older.
She Kills Monsters performs May 28, 29, 30 and June 4, 5, 6. All shows are at 7 p.m. at Troy Howard Middle School, 173 Lincolnville Ave., Belfast.
Performances are outdoors, so please bring your own chair. Social distancing and mask wearing will be observed for audience members.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and be reserved at midcoasttheater.org.
The show runs approximately 80 minutes without intermission.
For more information, visit midcoasttheater.org