George Orwell's 1984

1984 poster image

Midnight Radio Season 7: George Orwell's 1984

October 29 - November 14
Happy Half Hour at 7:30pm • Show starts at 8pm

A longtime fan-favorite, Our Midnight Radio Series enters its 7th season with George Orwell’s 1984. This program takes the form of a classic 1940s radio broadcast where YOU take on the role of the live studio audience. Directed by Bricolage’s Artistic Director, Jeffrey Carpenter, 1984 will transport you into the intense world of Big Brother, doublethink, and The Ministry of Truth.

True to Midnight Radio style, 1984 will feature live Foley (sound effects), commercial spoofs, a seasoned cast of actors juggling multiple roles, and trio of musicians underscoring the entire story. Be sure to join us for Happy Half-Hour before the show to get the full Orwellian experience with free drinks and an array of “Big Brother-sanctioned” amusements.

Midnight Radio: George Orwell’s 1984 runs October 29 – November 14, 2015 (Thursdays – Saturdays). The show starts at 8 PM and doors open at 7:30 PM for Happy Half-Hour. 

The 1984 cast includes Brett Goodnack, Paul Guggenheimer, John Michnya, Sean "Shaggy" Sears, and Sara Williams.

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General Admission Ticket: $35
Students Ticket (with Valid ID only): $25 

Discounts for Groups of 10 or More: Call Emily at 412-471-0999. 

End of the World Ball - Saturday, October 31st
How does it all end? Zombie apocalypse? Robot uprising? Aliens Invasion? Big Brother take-over? ...Donald Trump? What dystopian future awaits us? Halloween night, We are hosting an “End of the World Ball” featuring Orwellian-themed amusements, a costume contest and free drinks before and after the show.  Dress up as your version of a possible dystopian future. First place winner of the costume contest receives 2 tickets to the next Midnight Radio Episode, Yinz’r Scrooged. 

Foley Workshop – Thursday, November 5th
Bricolage’s sensory friendly Foley Workshop gives you a chance to experience the Foley (sound effect) equipment hands-on! Participants will learn to recreate environmental soundscapes and try their hand at 1984-style torture devices as they play with all the equipment the Bricolage team uses to bring the story to life through sound. The cast of 1984 will be on hand to demonstrate and guide participants through the process. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the workshop begins at 6:45 PM. This workshop is free and open to all patrons. No ticket needed.

Teaching Artist Night - Thursday, November 12th
Calling all Music Directors, Playwrights, and Teaching Artists – we want to meet you! Join us for a brief informational session after the show to learn about our in-school program, Midnight Radio Jr. The program uses youth-friendly radio plays as models for students to create their own original radio plays based on curriculum covered in their classes. Now in its third year, Midnight Radio Jr. is expanding into new schools and we’re looking to hire! Bring your resume, join our TA list, or just come see what the buzz is all about.

Accessibility: Midnight Radio will feature Braille and large print programs. Our space at 937 Liberty Avenue is designed for wheelchair access, featuring accessible restrooms and wheelchair seating. Companion seating is also available with advance notice. We are committed to providing an environment that is inclusive and welcoming to all patrons, endeavoring to have transparency with programs that may present specific challenges for participation. We encourage patrons to identify any specific accommodations that would make their experience more enjoyable such as Braille programs, audio description, or any other requests in the comments section when purchasing tickets or by calling or texting our offices at 412.471.0999.

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (Copyright, 1949) by permission of Bill Hamilton as the Literary Executor of the Estate of the Late Sonia Brownell Orwell, adapted by Alan Lyddiard.

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Midnight Radio is made possible by our generous sponsors and media partners:
The Brooks Foundation PNC Charitable Trusts
The Heinz Endowments
The Allegheny Regional Asset District
First Commonwealth Bank
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Bistro To Go and Company
Copies at Carson
WYEP 91.3
WESA 90.5


Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 8:00pm
Friday, October 30, 2015 - 8:00pm
Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 8:00pm
Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 8:00pm
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 8:00pm
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 8:00pm
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 8:00pm
Friday, November 13, 2015 - 8:00pm
Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 8:00pm