Three nights to go "Beyond Communication"

Three nights to go "Beyond Communication"

BLOOMSBURG— Original student work is being brought to life this week through a special three-night event hosted by Bloomsburg University’s Division of Theatre and Dance.

Beyond Communication is taking student playwrights’ work from anthropology, mass communications and theatre backgrounds straight to the stage. Each night will feature a different play by a different playwright in the Advanced Scriptwriting class and will include a talkback session following the performances in order to allow the audience to give feedback to the student artists.

Performances will run from Wednesday, April 5, to Friday, April 7, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Nathan Stosius, a senior theatre arts major, will present “Lily,” which is the first one act play he’s ever written. Stosius has always been interested in the paranormal and space, so his play focused primarily on the unexplained universe and how fragile our minds are as human beings.

“The thing that drives me to write is the desire to share the stories I have,” Stosius said. “I was once told that writers are the backbone of the theatre. Having been able to write this play and see the stage come to life, it’s driven me more each day. I really feel a connection with crafting these characters and being able to make them come to life.”

Jonathan Lewis, a junior anthropology major, will present “Creatures of the Night,” which is focused his story on the balance between reality and the supernatural as well.

“I thought it would be interesting to explore a normal college, which just happens to study something supernatural,” Lewis said, “I wanted to mix the supernatural elements of Harry Potter, the emotional power of Perks, and the raunchy comedy of Animal house.”

Zach Hueston, a senior mass communications major, will present “F-Bomb,” which took a realistic turn focusing on a young adult’s love life.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.