One of the more evocative, challenging art pieces I have seen in years took place as an “immersive theatrical experience” during the Three Rivers Arts Festival a couple of weeks back, and my mind is still working it out.
From the folks who brought you the massive Downtown theater event known as "STRATA" comes "OJO," a world premiere immersive theater experience billed as "the next generation of travel."
Most people spend their lives striving for certainty. Not so with artists, says Jeffrey Carpenter, artistic director of Bricolage Productions. Asked by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to produce an immersive theater work for the Three Rivers Arts Festival, the adventuresome troupe createdOJO, a show meant to suggest the artist's metaphorical journey of creation.
When you step through the entrance of the Bricolage Theater, you will find yourself at the bottom of the sea. The walls will whirl with deep ocean blue. Sea creatures will swim along the walls (you get to craft your own and add it to the ecosystem!). In one corner of this Living Aquarium, you can wade through the Tiny Ocean—a “tactile swimming experience”—and in another, try your hand at “Pin the Tail on the Merfolk.” And this is just the lobby.
Second Annual Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards
honor Roger Humphreys and Tami Dixon
PITTSBURGH, Pa., November 26, 2013 – The Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards will celebrate two local artists for their career achievements at Momentum, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC) Annual Meeting on December 5, 2013.
The propulsion of the story keeps you riveted from beginning to end
The Orson Welles radio presentation of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds, in an adaptation by Howard Koch, has been in the news recently because it's the 75th anniversary of this show-biz legend: Told through a series of "we interrupt this broadcast" news bulletins about an invasion from Mars, the program was so real (and/or people are so stupid) that some believed a Martian attack was underway.
Ladies and gentlemen, I have a grave announcement to make. Incredible as it may seem, both the observations of science and the evidence of our eyes lead to the inescapable assumption that those strange beings who landed in the Jersey farmlands tonight are the vanguard of an invading army from the planet Mars.
Fans of Bricolage, local theater and Shakespeare will be delighted to learn of our next giveaway. We were invited to live tweet last week during their Midnight Radio season five premiere, Shakesburgh – a string of Pittsburgh stories with a Shakespearean twist.
When we originally conceived of the idea to attend three small-venue shows this year, we were only thinking about the number of intimate concert venues in Pittsburgh. But one thing that’s fabulous about this city is that we also have a number of intimate live theater venues – City Theater, the O’Reilly, and the New Hazlett Theater just to name a few.