We’re Open!

After weeks of puppet work, figuring out how to properly hold a battle-axe, and re-learning 90’s teen-cheer dance battle moves, we’re ready for other people to join the fun. Tonight we open.

Audiences, as you find your way to this blog, we invite you to check out the RESOURCES tab, above. There you’ll find more info on items explored in the program notes.

For those who haven’t booked your tickets yet, how will you find out what the rest of this 5-headed monster looks like?

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thunder . . . Thunder . . . THUNDERCATS – HOOOOOO!

KALIOPE: Why are you dressed so strangely?

AGNES: I’M dressed strangely? You do know you look like a Thundercat, right?

THUNDERCATS! Thundercats is an American-made Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Adventure/Alien Cat show that ran for four seasons from 1985-1989. This show’s got everything: Mummy Cats! Cats with Swords! Snarf Cats! Thunder Cats!

Most likely, Agnes is referring to the official Thundercats sex symbol, Cheetara. You can read more about her on the Thundercats Wiki (which exists).

Cheetara is ready for battle!

Cheetara is ready for battle!

Hansen, Usher and other VH1-worthy celebs crush on Cheetara on the above episode of I LOVE THE 80s STRIKES BACK (27:21)

Fans love Cheetara cosplay!

Fans love wholesome Cheetara cosplay!

“I attack the darkness!”

Hello fellow monsters! Your friendly neighborhood DM Biggs here, and in honor of our fantastic evening of role playing the other evening, I wanted to share this skit with you… Whoa whoa whoa significant others, not THAT kind of roleplaying, THIS kind of roleplaying.

Yep, that pretty much sums up what playing Dungeons and Dragons is like with a bunch of high school aged boys, I can almost taste the entire two liters of Mountain Dew I would have drunk while playing with my buddies! Good times…

Until next time!
DM Biggs
aka Mike

D&D Night One

Cate Blanchett: In a classroom near the Red Line, in the year two-thousand and thirteen, six adventurers and one geek overlord gathered to embark on an adventure. For some, it was their first quest: for others, but another journey in an epic series of fantasy awesomnitude.

C1's resident D&D loremaster Chris Robichaud begins his prep session with members of the SKM design team.

C1’s resident D&D loremaster Chris Robichaud begins his prep session with members of the SKM design team.

First, the party created their characters: Montauk, the Human Cleric; Shalimar, the Elf Wizard; Kōn, the Gnome Thief/Hammer Dulcimerist; Bane, the Dwarf Fighter; and Rob Najarian, the Fight Director Too Good at Playing the Paladin to Need an Alias.

SKM Director Shira Milikowsky becomes Shalimar the Elven Wizard!

SKM Director Shira Milikowsky becomes Shalimar the Elven Wizard! Cleric/Lighting Designer Justin Paice and Dwarf/Production Manager Karthik Subramanian articulate their approval.

The quest was fraught with perils: Dubious townsfolk; odd-smelling mead; trying to decide where to go as a party for about an hour…

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Finally, we agreed on our collective alignment differences and settled on the burned-out tavern that carried a peculiar odor . . .

Pick your alignment ... hilarious Harry Potter alignment image to come...

Pick your alignment … hilarious Harry Potter alignment image to come…

When suddenly, after a foolhardy solo advance into a smelly basement from a dramaturgically inclined gnome, three bloodthirsty and aroused lizard warriors attack!

These guys had all the luck...and a strength-sapping odor

These guys had all the luck…and a strength-sapping odor

The gnome was unconscious; the wizard, unable to use her spells in close quarters; the cleric, busy resuscitating the idiot chaotic-neutral gnome; the paladin, the dwarf and the amazon kicking lizard ass as best as they could. But the DM’s dice rolls were too powerful, and the party almost down for the count!

"Oh no. I'm the only one who touches these dice. And they don't touch other dice" CR

“Oh no. I’m the only one who touches these dice. And they don’t touch other dice” CR

When finally, the party’s fortunes changed! The paladin and the gnome passed out on the floor, the Ranger, Dwarf and Cleric beateth the poo out of the stenchful lizardmen. The party barely escaped with their lives, but lived to play again!

What lies in store for the party? And what of the cast and the C1 staff? How will they fare against Master Robichaud's mighty D&D aptitude?

What lies in store for the party? And what of the cast and the C1 staff? How will they fare against Master Robichaud’s mighty D&D aptitude?

Your Class is . . .

Bards are artists first and foremost, and they practice magic just as they practice song, drama, or poetry. They have a clear sense of how people perceive reality, so they master charm magic and some illusions. Sagas of great heroes are part of a bard’s repertoire, and most bards follow the example of many fables and become skilled in a variety of fields. A bard’s artistic ability, knowledge of lore, and arcane might are widely respected, particularly among the world’s rulers. Art and magic share a sublime beauty, and, as a bard, you seek the place where the two meet. You might be a naturally talented wanderer who casts impressive spells almost instinctively, a student of a bardic college who learned ordered systems of magic and epic poetry, a warrior skald who mixes skill at arms with thundering music, a dashing performer known for putting on a good show even for your enemies, or a perfectionist who seeks the consummate formula that blends art and magic into a higher force. A steady rhythm beats in the back of your mind as you brandish your sword. Your eyes and ears pick up the motion of the villains that surround you, and one glance tells you everything you need to know to defeat them. You whistle three staccato notes, letting your allies know the symphony of battle is about to begin.

My class is Bard! Good to know! Find out your D&D class online here!

She Designs Monsters: Puppetry Maven Alexandra Herryman

We’ve already established that you can’t write a play called SHE KILLS MONSTERS without having some pretty serious monster action. Qui Nguyen’s script is peppered with TSR’s baddest beasts – but summoning a monster on stage is a whole other ball game from writing it into a script.

Enter puppet designer Alexandra Herryman – Alexandra will draw on a wide variety of puppetry techniques to construct the baddies for the show. She was kind enough to share some of her prime sources with all of you guys:

Puppet Designer Alexandra Herryman with her three wise moon men puppets from "A Puppet Nativity."

Puppet Designer Alexandra Herryman with her three wise moon men puppets from “A Puppet Nativity.”


Nothing says “elegant shadow play” like contemporary dance ensemble PILOBOLUS. 


Farrah the Fairy might be played by a “humanette” puppet double like the ones in this music video by Sia. But can the Humanette wield a knife??


A lot of Alexandra’s puppetry training comes from the Bread and Puppet large-scale pageant puppet style.


In a theater like the Plaza at the Boston Center for the Arts where the ceilings are only 12 feet tall, one of Alexandra’s biggest challenges will be making big monsters look really big. Julie Taymor plays with scale really effectively in her 1997 stage adaptation of THE LION KING

 

 

 

Welcome to Athens!

Greetings Adventurers!

Welcome to the Dramaturgy Blog for the Company One production of Qui Nguyen’s SHE KILLS MONSTERS. This blog will serve as the home for multimedia resources for audiences and members of the production teams. Prepare yourselves, adventurers, for the 90s-immersed, fantasy-a%$-kicking, puppet-populated context of this high flying adventure play!

Teens in the 90s had a lot to grieve over – unfortunately, Agnes has a lot more to cry about than Tai Frasier.