Action and adventure comes to Platt Theatre stage in “She Kills Monsters”

MERIDEN — The 1990s are back in Platt Theatre’s newest theatrical production “She Kills Monsters.” It’s an action-adventure play that gives its audience nods to ‘90s pop culture and fantasy role-playing games, like Dungeons & Dragons.

The play, written by Qui Nguyen, is set in 1995, more than a decade before many cast members were born. According to Ethan Warner, Platt Theatre’s longtime director, it is a production that students have been asking to perform for several years now. Several years ago, the University of Connecticut staged its own production. A cast member at the time was a Platt High School alumnus.

“This is the year we’ve been able to make it happen,” Warner said, explaining that students took charge of the set and costume design, and choice of music used in the Platt production.

“Every drop of paint on the set was painted by a student. Every costume was designed and made by students. I think that it’s been really great to really see them take so much ownership of the work,” Warner said. He added that it’s also been great to allow students a chance to explore their interests and to bring their own knowledge of role-playing games to the play. Around 50 students are involved, including 20 cast members and 30 off-stage crew members.

Platt Theatre will kick off a run of shows Thursday night in the school’s auditorium. That debut performance will be followed by shows Friday and Saturday night. All shows will start at 7 p.m. Tickets for adults are $10; and $5 for students. For tickets and more information, visit

Platt Principal Dan Corsetti plans to attend the Friday night performance. He echoed Warner’s sentiments in saying that this play is one that students and staff have been excited to stage for a few years now.

“It’s popular among the high school circuit,” Corsetti said.

“I think our theater department is one of our best kept secrets at Platt,” Corsetti said. “He [Warner] does a fantastic job and gets kids involved in all facets of the productions.”



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