Begets: Fall of a High School Ronin


Begets: Fall of a High School Ronin

Full-Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  5f, 3m

This action-packed samurai story – from the author of She Kills Monsters – tells the tale of Emi Edwards, a high school geekgurl fighting to overthrow the cruel shoguns of her school.
  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5f, 3m
  • Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Licence details
  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.


This action-packed samurai story, set inside the halls of an all-American high school, tells the tale of Emi Edwards, a high school geekgurl fighting to overthrow the cruel shoguns of her school. But will Emi's own cravings for popularity and power corrupt her quest to save the school? Will she be able to establish a new world order? Or will violence just beget more violence? 
Begets: Fall of a High School Ronin premiered at Waterwell Theatre in New York City in April 2015.

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

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

  • Time Period Contemporary
  • Setting In around EHS, an American high school designed in Japanese style architecture.
  • Additional Features Stage Combat
  • Duration 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • Mild Adult Themes



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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 ...

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