Virtual game meets reality with BU Players

For Immediate Release: Oct. 23, 2015

BLOOMSBURG — Horror strikes the stage as teens who are addicted to virtual gaming find it difficult to tell the game from reality in the Bloomsburg University Players’ production of “Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom.” The performance, offered through BU’s Center for Visual and Performing Arts, runs from Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 4 to 7, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 8, at 3 p.m. at Alvina Krause Theatre in downtown Bloomsburg.

“Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom,” written by Jennifer Haley, is the story of a suburban subdivision where parents find their teenagers addicted to an online horror video game set in a subdivision identical to their own. As the line blurs between virtual and reality, the players realize that fear has a life of its own.

The 16-member cast includes seven new actors to BU Players. They are: Nate Stosius, Loysville; Dreland Goar, Folcroft; Madeline Okuniewski, Downingtown; Charlotte Henrich, Havertown; Jordan Marolf, Bloomsburg; Josue Nieves, Philadelphia; Bry Kifolo, West Milton; Sorcha Smith, Birdsboro; Kendall Baird, Matamoras; Carly Carman, Brookhaven; Toni Carosella, Fairfield; Aidan Everly, Pottstown; Rachel Gloss, Manheim; Madeline Snyder, Bloomsburg; Shelby Ariana Snyder, Bloomsburg; and Adam Tidridge, Milford.

The play is directed by David Miller, assistant professor at BU, who teaches acting, directing and playwriting. Also part of the production are guest professionals Jen Varbalow, scenic design; Heath Hansum, sound design; Sarah Stuble, costume design; and Bob Cardana, lighting design, as well as student designers Kassandra Stachowski, Plains, hair and makeup design, and Margaret Korell, Cressona, properties design. 

Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, and free for BU students. Advance tickets are available on weekdays from noon to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays from noon to 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Box Office located in Haas Center for the Arts. 

The BU Players season continues with “The Laramie Project” in the winter and student-led independent projects in the spring.

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