Originally published on February 26, 2019 in The Downtowner newsletter.
The Bricolage Production Company, located at 937 Liberty Ave., is on a mission to “immerse artists and audiences in adventurous theatrical experiences that foster connections and alter perceptions.” With their upcoming performances of WordPlay and Midnight Radio they will accomplish just that.
Coming to the Bricolage from March 8-9, WordPlay is a hybrid storytelling experience where actors, comedy writers, and everyday people read their own stories while a DJ spins a live soundtrack in the background. Bricolage’s website explains that “you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll get an extremely intimate look into the life of a total stranger.” Stop by their Happy Half-Hour at 7:30 p.m. to enjoy free drinks and some interactive surprises– don’t worry, participation is completely optional. Then at 8:00 p.m. the show begins.
Later in the month Midnight Radio’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz will begin its run from March 28-April 14. The Happy Half-Hour will again contain free drinks, but guests can also look forward to interactive bewitching activities. The Midnight Radio series takes the form of a classic 1940s radio broadcast where guests get to interact as a live studio audience.
During the show, let the Bricolage “sweep you away to a land full of magic with a legendary crew of misfit friends where the weather is unpredictable, wickedness flies in from every direction, and a ‘great and powerful’ man behind a curtain is said to have all the answers.” This production of Midnight Radio will make you question what happens when we wait for someone to give us what we already possess.
There will also be three special events this April for the Midnight Radio showings. The first is on April 4 at 7:30 p.m. for a Gathering of Witches. This will be a special installment of the Happy Half-Hour where guests can have a spell put on them, learn their fate in the future, and take home a talisman to ward off evil. The second event is an ASL interpretation of the show, which will be on April 5 at 8:00 p.m. The last event will be on April 11 at 6:45 p.m. This event will be a Foley and Sensory workshop where guests can experience the Foley equipment hands-on, which is what they use to bring the show to life through sound. The workshop will be followed by an audio described performance of the show.
These two shows are just the beginning of Bricolage’s current season, so look out for future opportunities to immerse yourself in their one-of-a-kind theater experiences.