‘Roadkill Confidential’ gives insight in artist life

For Immediate Release:  Sept. 15, 2014

BLOOMSBURG— Audiences will be able to delve into the mind of the artist as the BU Players stage a reading of “Roadkill Confidential” on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 19 and 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Bloomsburg University’s Theatre Lab in the University Store building. Seating is limited and advanced tickets may be obtained at the Haas Center Box Office. Tickets are free to BU students, $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and students from other schools.

Directed by Julie Petry, associate professor of music, theatre and dance, the show centers on an FBI agent investigating an artist who is using road kill to make art. The fully staged reading, complete with costumes, lighting and set design, features BU students Kellyanne Klause, Sean Dave Kim, Nicolai Kabana, Bry Kifolo, Nate Stosius, Bailey Guinn and Chelsea Lucas as the narrator. Written by Shelia Callaghan in 2010, the play unmasks the loneliness of the creative spirit and meditates on the brutality of life and art.

“Often, we as artists seek or are compelled to express all types of truths and feelings about the experience of living, which ultimately bring the brutal realities of our humanity to the forefront. These truths can be quite ugly, deeply raw and privately felt, and gained from living in this very world we are reflecting,” said Petry. “Being surrounded by others does not negate the potential for deep loneliness, raw pain, or living in denial.”

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.