I first met Marikah Christine Leal outside of Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater after a Good Company Players’ company meeting. “What were you cast as?” she asked me bluntly. When I told her I was understudying in Steel Magnolias, she did the only thing possible to guarantee my immediate good opinion of her. She told me she was surprised I wasn’t cast as she thought I was one of the best reads in the room. Her direct seriousness completely overwhelmed my usual suspicion of flattery.
Marikah is one of the under-30 go-getters coming up in the Fresno theater community, having already performed a solid variety of roles at a few different companies. Willing to work backstage, onstage and, lately, in an asst. director’s chair, she admits to a love of “just being in the room” where making theatre is concerned (another tidbit that raised my opinion of her in that moment outside of Roger Rocka’s).
Audiences have seen her onstage at Fresno City College in Silent Sky, Detroit and Bad Jews and with Good Company Players in Proof and The Hounds of the Baskervilles. Her recent stint as an assistant director for Steel Magnolias shows promise, as well.
This week, however, she performs the role of Agnes Evans in Fresno City College’s current production of She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen (writer of the critically acclaimed play Vietgone), directed by Adam Meredith. A comedic tour-de-force, She Kills Monsters is more than the title lets on. It’s a wild journey through a world of fantasy role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons, featuring homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and tons of 90s pop culture, all while Agnes struggles with the loss of her sister, Tilly.
Here’s Marikah Christine Leal’s Drive-Thru Interview:
She Kills Monsters runs October 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 at 7:30 pm & October 7, 12, 13 at 2:00 pm.
Tickets: $14 General, $12 Students, Staff, and Seniors at the Fresno City College Theater.