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Roadkill Confidential by Sheila Callaghan. Funny, hilarious. Opening June 8 at Son of Semele Ensemble.

Son of Semele Ensemble needs your help in raising funds for our upcoming production of Roadkill Confidential: A Noir-ish Meditation On Brutality by Sheila Callaghan.

What’s it about?

Roadkill Confidential is a biting satire about the connection between voyeurism, sadism, and paranoia. Our production will be a hilarious and exhilarating mash-up of styles and genres  using art, video and live performance to reveal the loneliness and desperation beneath our fame and media obsessed culture..

Artist, Trevor Pratt has gained fame and a cult-like following by creating brutal works of art. She’s obsessed with the violence on TV and after hearing a local news story, decides to incorporate potentially lethal roadkill into her new work. Soon those around her begin to die and an FBI agent is called in to investigate, but his increasing infatuation with Trevor and her work just might be leading the agent to commit his own act of violence.

Sheila Callaghan is the author of 22 plays including Dead City; Lascivious Something; Kate Crackernuts; That Pretty Pretty: or, The Rape Play; Fever/Dream; Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake); and We Are these Hands.  Callaghan’s work has been produced and developed at Soho Rep, Playwright's Horizons, South Coast Repertory, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, New Georges and Woolly Mammoth among others. She was a writer for the Showtime series United States of Tara, and is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award for emerging artists, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, and the prestigious Whiting Award.

"Sheila Callaghan must never have writer's block...provocative, sure, but smart, too." New York Magazine
"No playwright feels more current than Sheila Callaghan..." New York Metro mix

Who we are?

Son of Semele Ensemble is a collective of theater professionals who have been bringing new, under exposed and experimental theater to the Los Angeles area for twelve years.  We were profiled as one of the “hippest, hottest, most innovative theatre troupes in the U.S.” by American Theatre, and featured on the magazine’s cover. Over the years,  our work has received 17 regional awards and award nominations including the Ovation Award, the L.A. Weekly Theatre Award and the NAACP Theatre Award.

How you can help?

If you enjoy satire and a good laugh, then this a great project to support!  Roadkill Confidential will be performed at Son of Semele’s theater in Los Angeles this summer, opening June 8.  Your donations will help pay for production expenses (designers, sets, props, costumes, etc) and every dollar helps.  No donation is too small.  It all adds up.

The Details:

Roadkill Confidential: A Noir-ish Meditation On Brutality 

by Sheila Callaghan

Directed by Barbara Kallir

Cast:  Melina Bielefelt, Daniel Getzoff, Melissa Randel, Alex Smith and Alexander Wells

Creative Team:  video design by Adam Flemming, sound by Joseph “Sloe” Slawinski, lighting by Ian Garrett, costumes byVicki Anne Hales-Daly and movement direction by Melina Bielefelt. The production features original roadkill artwork by Travis Novak.

Son of Semele Ensemble

3301 Bevery Blvd

Los Angeles, CA  90004

opening:  June 8

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 5pm


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