Begets: Fall of a High School Ronin

Begets: Fall of a High School Ronin

by  Qui Nguyen

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

A new action-packed play from playwright Qui Nguyen who penned She Kills Monsters.
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Begets: Fall of a High School Ronin

by  Qui Nguyen

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 5f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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? 
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Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



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


3m, 5f

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

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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Roles for Teens
  • Multicultural casting

Casting Notes

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


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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 is F**king Awesome (Frederick Loewe Awar ...

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

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