Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)


Eve HelakFollow

Publication Date

Spring 4-5-2022


Music and Performing Arts, College of


Theatre and Dance, Department of

BURS Faculty Advisor

Carla Lahey

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation


The Journey of Grief Campaign; An Analysis of Qui Nguyen play She Kills Monsters

Eve Helak

Qui Nguyen's work She Kills Monsters is an exceptional example of keeping your audience entertained and in tears. The play is centered around a woman named Agnes, discovering and participating in her recently deceased, younger sisters Dungeons & Dragons campaign. Through Agnes’ fantasy filled journey, she undergoes each stage of grief through the game’s monsters and cast of characters, which allows an understanding and acceptance for her sister’s tragedy. Through its mystical yet utterly grounded lens, She Kills Monsters both entertains and accomplishes its potent themes of grief, and can be surveyed through my analysis of the text.