Alameda High Drama Students to Perform Award-Winning Play

AHS Drama Department Instagram--Students in rehearsal for She Kills Monsters.

Alameda High Drama Students to Perform Award-Winning Play

Alameda High School (AHS) drama teacher, Zachary Morris, was searching for a play to direct when a student recommended one he wasn’t familiar with, She Kills Monsters. The play is a dramedy by Qui Nguyen that debuted in 2011. It tells the story of Agnes Evans, an average woman who loses her parents and little sister Tilly in a car accident.

Having been distant from her sister when she was alive, Agnes embarks on an adventure to better know her by playing a Dungeons and Dragons module that Tilly wrote, discovering things she never imagined. The plot takes place in reality and the imaginary game world. While in the game world, Agnes learns about Tilly’s real exploration and struggle with her sexuality.

“I feel that students get more from their experience and put more effort into the production process when they have a voice,” said Morris. “Such has been the case for She Kills Monsters, which deals with contemporary issues important to teens, such as discovering sexual orientation and identity, overcoming adversity and loss, and building resilience against feelings of anxiety and alienation. I see students have connected with the story because these themes speak to them. For that reason, there’s a lot of life in this play.”

More than 40 AHS students, including cast and crew, contribute to the play, including 24 actors and 18 crew members. The show is highly technical, so Morris is pleased that students are getting to learn about those aspects of play production.

Following a 2013 American Alliance for Theater and Education award, as of July 2020, the play has been staged close to 800 times, primarily by high schools and colleges. In October 2021, after weeks of rehearsal, a school superintendent canceled the She Kills Monsters production at Hillsboro High School in Highland County, Ohio, allegedly on the ground that “one of its characters might be gay.”

Students subsequently started a GoFundMe campaign to mount the production independently of their school. Within a week of its launch, the campaign more than tripled its goal.

The AHS drama program presents the play at the Fred Chacon Little Theater on AHS’ campus at 2200 Central Ave. on March 24, 25, 31, and April 1st at 7 p.m. and March 26 at 2 and 7 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults if purchased in advance or $15 at the door. Discount tickets for students and faculty ($5) and seniors ($10) are also available. The event requests that audience members be masked during the performance so that performers may perform unmasked. Purchase tickets in advance through Eventbrite at

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