STRATA

  • August 1 - September 1, 2012

Somewhere between truth & fiction, reality & simulation Strata

Somewhere between truth and fiction, reality and simulation, STRATA is an immersive urban adventure. Arrive at a secret destination; make contact with your Agent, and embark on a private rite of passage where the choices you make determine your destiny.

Unlike anything you have ever experienced, STRATA challenges the boundaries of traditional theater. Through a series of captivating installations and encounters, participants travel through a meticulously designed space that awakes their senses and rock their world.

While the challenges and logistics of mounting a production such as “STRATA” are great, the audience for immersive theater is growing at a rate that outpaces demand. All of the aforementioned productions enjoyed nearly or fully sold-out runs, with many audience members coming back for multiple performances.

See What Everyone Else Is Saying

  • “If you’re looking for a linear story, you might be frustrated,” Carpenter suggests. “There’s a beginning and an end, but within the middle, there’s a dream logic that connects one space to another; it doesn’t follow linearly. The piece was structured around these bigger ideas of titration, or loss, or the sacred, or the profane.”

    Because the scene in each room depended on the actor(s) reading cues from the scene partner/audience member, there came a point when Carpenter and his creative team realized, “We were going to lose control over the performances because we couldn’t be there to shape a moment. So all of our work was done upfront, and we would meet every night and debrief. It became this whole other thing!”

    If in proscenium theatre the playwright is king, then in immersive theatre the audience wears the crown. In order to get a full experience, a person attending an immersive show might need to sing for his or her supper by walking around, snooping through drawers, talking to actors, playing at dying—things that are not usually allowed in a proscenium house. And, in most cases, spectators will not see everything"

    – Diep Tran, “The Walls Come Tumbling Down”, American Theater Magazine
  • “The ability to really suspend the audience’s sense of disbelief is that much greater when you’re working with the real world,” Carpenter says. “I think that personal approach to storytelling is something that can get in the audience’s imagination . . . you could really get lost in it.”

    – Sean Collier, "Bricolage Has Mastered Dive-In Theater",Pittsburgh Magazine
  • “You can take STRATA at face value, but you'd be missing the sly undercurrent of critique of self-actualization seminars and the like. At the same time, don't be surprised if your "refitnessing" provokes at least a little introspection alongside the fun.”

    – Bill O’ Driscoll, “Bricolage’s Strata” Pittsburgh City Paper
  • “Challenging. Daring. Disorienting. That's just a start in how to describe Bricolage Production Company's collaborative STRATA: Pittsburgh's First Refitnessing Center, probably the most ambitious theater event in local history”

    – Michelle Pelecki, “Strata is probably the most ambitious theater event in local history” City Paper
  • “where that production’s immersion in the world of the senses had a transcendent effect, Strata’s is more mischievous, at once both sincerely earnest and ironically tongue-in-cheek”

    – Wendy Arons, “STRATA at Bricolage” The Pittsburgh Tatler
  • “Abandon your expectations of what theater is and embark on an interactive, urban adventure with Bricolage Production Company"

    – Alice T Carter, “Bricolage’s Strata Creates Unique Work “, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Meet the Cast & Crew

  • Cast

    • Bevin C. Baker
    • Alexandra Bodnarchuk
    • Cassie Brehmer
    • Kaitlin Dann
    • Jack Erdie
    • Cindy Jackson
    • Courtney Jenkins
    • Valentina Benrexi Krauss
    • Dave Malehorn
    • Barney McKenna
    • Scotland Newton
    • Zack Roach
    • Sean Sears
    • Leon Sheffey
    • Eric Starkey
    • Skyler Sullivan
    • Ayne Terciera
    • Kelly Trumbull
    • Tracey D. Turner
    • Jillian Vitko
    • Sandy Zweir
  • Production Team

    • Dave Bjornson
    • Alicia DeMara
    • Katie Keirs
    • Brendan Kepple
    • Rob Long
    • CJ McDermott
    • Doug McDermott
    • Chris Michaels
    • Pete Milo
    • Corinne Neal
    • Hannah Nielsen-Jones
    • Caitlin Roper
    • Jesse Poole Van Swol
    • Angela Vesco
  • Lead Writer

    • Gab Cody
  • Clear Story

    • Rob Long
  • Lead Artist

    • Riley Harmon
    • Andrew J. Paul
    • Nina Sarnelle