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Begets: Fall of a High School Ronin - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

Begets: Fall of a High School Ronin

Qui Nguyen

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

3m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573705120

A new action-packed play from playwright Qui Nguyen who penned She Kills Monsters.

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Full Length Play

Dark Comedy


Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play - In around EHS, an American high school designed in Japanese style architecture.


Stage Combat

Unit Set/Multiple Settings


Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

In this action-packed samurai story set inside the halls of an all-American high school, Begets: Fall of a High School Ronin tells the tale of Emi Edwards, a high school geekgurl whose fighting to overthrow the cruel shoguns of her school. However in her journey to right wrongs, will her own cravings for popularity and power corrupt her quest to save the school? Will she able to establish a new world order? Or will violence just beget more violence? 

Check out these photos from Waterwell Drama Program's production of Begets: Fall of a High School Ronin in April 2016.

Begets: Fall of a High School Ronin premiered at Waterwell Theatre in New York City in April 2015.



3m, 5f


Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Features Teens, Multicultural casting


Recommended Multi-Cast Breakdown for 5F/3M
1. Emi Edwards
2. Inside Girl
3. Mary/Counselor Theresa
4. Andrea Armstrong/Thatcher/Sarah/Rocker Girl/Krysty
5. Jillie/Laura/Chantal/Laura/Mom/Crystal
6. Patrick
7. DJ MC/Principal Parker/Sheldon/Walter
8. Trey/VP Francone/Dustin/Dad

EMI EDWARDS - 17, female, Geek, badass, Samurai
INSIDE GIRL - 17, female, Emi's inside voice
LAURA - 17, female, The lovable girl Emi saved
MARY - 17, female, Queen Bee in-training
ANDREA - 18, female, Queen Bee
PATRICK - 15, male, Vengeful nerd
DJ MC - 18, male, Andrea's boyfriend
TREY - 17, male, QB1 in-training
PRINCIPAL PARKER - 40s, male/female, Hipster Principal of EHS
VP FRACONNE - 40s , male/female, Non-hipster VP of EHS
COUNSELOR THERESA - 22, female, Former cool kid turned teacher 
JILLIE LEE - 19, female, Second year senior 
CHANTAL - 18, female, Patrick's online GF 
SHELDON - 17, male, Goth Henchman 
DUSTIN - 17, male, Goth Henchman 
THATCHER - 18, female, Drama Queen Shogun 
SARAH - 18, female, Teen Tea Partiers Shogun 
MOM - 40s, female, Emi's self-centered Mom 
DAD - 40s, male, Emi's absentee Dad
CRYSTAL - 18, female, Co-Shogun of the Band Nerds 
KRYSTY - 18, female, Co-Shogun of the Band Nerds 
ROCKER GIRL - 25, female, Anxious girl in the park 
WALTER - 16, male, The real Chantal

Qui Nguyen

Qui Nguyen

Qui Nguyen is a playwright, screenwriter, and co-founder of the OBIE Award-winning Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company of NYC. His plays include Vietgone (2016 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, 2016 LADCC Tim Schmitt Award, 2016 Edward M. Kennedy Prize finalist); War is F**king Awesome (Frederick Loewe Award); She Kills Monsters (2014 AATE Distinguished Play Award, 2012 GLAAD Media ... view full profile

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