SAINTS TOUR by Molly Rice
There’s something in the dirt.
Bricolage Production Company presents, in association with Real/Time Interventions, a new immersive experience called SAINTS TOUR. Conceived and written by playwright Molly Rice, SAINTS TOUR is a site-specific play built intentionally for the neighborhood it occupies, taking the form of a bus & walking tour during which magical things happen.
It has been said that during the Spring Saints "emerge" in disproportionate numbers at this particular latitude and longitude (40.403402,-79.8668382), performing acts of good which often go unnoticed. SAINTS TOUR will move you through the nooks and crannies of Braddock, North Braddock and Braddock Hills, led by a Tour Guide whose family has been rooted to the land for centuries. You will traverse the landscape along the Monongahela River, up hills, over train tracks, and through sites of local lore, while listening to stories the Tour Guide tells of the "saints" that have inhabited those spaces. Along this route, you will encounter visual enchantments, sudden music, mysterious occurrences and other magical traces of local "saints" in your midst, inspired by area artists, youth and residents.
“We will travel alone.
We will travel together.
We will travel alone.
And so on.”
Please review the Assumption of Risk Form here before booking your Tour.
For questions or a plain-text version of this form give us a call at 412-471-0999.
Bricolage is committed to providing an environment that is inclusive and welcoming to all patrons. We endeavor to have transparency with all our programs that may present specific challenges for patrons. We want you to know that our immersive pieces that are mobile can be difficult for patrons with mobility issues, and this particular piece requires audiences to move up and down stairs, and through uneven terrain. As a result, it may not be suitable for all patrons. We encourage you to identify any specific accommodations that would help you better enjoy your time with us and if you have concerns about the mobile nature of the piece, please give us a call at 412-471-0999; we would be happy to share more details to help you assess whether you will be able to participate.
Our Braddock partner organizations and artists are the heart and soul of SAINTS TOUR:
SAINTS TOUR individual artists include: Nathan Barnes, Sanford Barnes, TaeAjah Cannon, Cheryl Capezzuti, Lenka Clayton, Vanessa German, New Guild Studios, David Pohl, Zena Ruiz, Linsday Sherloum, James Simon, Bria Walker and others.
SAINTS TOUR partner organizations include: Braddock Youth Project, The Braddock Carnegie Library, Gardweeno, Grow Pittsburgh/Braddock Farms, and Unsmoke Systems.
SAINTS TOUR is made possible by generous support from community partners, including The Allegheny Regional Asset District, Allegro Hearth Bakery, The Heinz Endowments and The Sprout Fund.
Show dates/times: May 21-June 13. Wednesday-Sunday
Bricolage Mission Statement:
At Bricolage, our mission is to immerse artists and audiences in adventurous theatrical experiences that foster connections and alter perceptions.
Our Artistic Vision:
We envision theater not as a passive experience, but as a vehicle for heightened involvement for artist and audience alike. Our approach encourages artists to take the creative risks necessary to create full- blooded, high-quality theatrical experiences that challenge audiences to engage in new ways, react, and express openly their opinions about our work – to have a stake in the creative discussion. The word Bricolage means, “making artful use of what is at hand.” What excites this company is the connection and interaction between seemingly disparate elements, and the potential for these components to resonate as one cohesive event. Bricolage uses the distinctive resources of the Pittsburgh region to create theatrical experiences that stimulate a heightened sense of involvement for the audience. “What’s at hand” is our city’s changing landscape, our plentiful human and material resources, and the salient political, cultural and ethical issues we encounter and react to each day. By combining different artistic mediums, nourishing local talent, producing provocative work, and facilitating audience engagement, Bricolage seeks to revitalize live performance for a new era.
Real/Time Interventions Mission Statement:
Real/Time Interventions is the creative partnership of playwright/experience designer Molly Rice and director/producer Rusty Ring Thelin. Real Time Interventions creates theatrical events and public experiences that depend upon the immediate nature of live and real-time art, especially events that only come to life when people come together. We seek to generate connection, curiosity and wonder with our work, and to help audiences re-see their surroundings and themselves in new and unexpected ways. RTI creates narrative art in rich conversation with a broad range of collaborators, from theater artists to scientists to rock bands to social workers to our neighbors down the street. We seek to create small, vibrant "companies" with every new project, peopled by individuals from diverse walks of life and realms of experience who are bound by the creative impulse driving each piece or their stake in the story we're telling together.
Molly Rice bio:
Molly Rice (www.mollyrice.info) is a playwright, songwriter and “experience designer” whose work gravitates toward offbeat musicality, multi-genre/ multimedia collaborations, and site-specificity. Her plays have been developed and produced by NYC theaters like the Public, Playwrights Horizons, Rattlestick, Women’s Project, NYTW, Clubbed Thumb and New Georges, and nationally by American Repertory Theater (ART), Trinity Rep, McCarter Theater, Salvage Vanguard, Kitchen Dog and Montana Rep. Her writing has been published by presses and journals like American Theater, Clarkson Potter, Heinemann Press, Kenyon Review, Austin Chronicle, Loose Change Magazine, Play: A Journal and Indie Theater Now, and she’s been commissioned by the NYU Graduate Acting Program, New Georges, Visible Theater, The Drilling Company and Montclair State University. Honors include the International Women’s Playwriting Festival, New York Innovative Theater Awards (nomination), and Brown’s Weston Prize For Graduate Playwriting. Recent projects include Futurity the Musical at ART (2012), co-written with the band The Lisps, and The Saints Tour, which began in 2009 and has been seen in Louisville, Lower Manhattan and NYC’s West Village, featuring local artists and community organizations. Molly currently teaches at the Conservatory of Performing Arts, Point Park University.
For more information on past Saints Tour productions visit http://bit.ly/18vhJqZ
"Steel Mill" Photograph by Jeff Sutton