This hybrid storytelling sensation has been growing in popularity since its co-producer, Alan Olifson, brought it to Pittsburgh over 4 years ago. With its steadily growing audience and frequent media buzz, WordPlay has become a staple of Pittsburgh’s literary and theater scene.
Happy Half-Hour: 7:30pm-8:00pm (free drinks!)
Come for WordPlay’s free Happy Half-Hour! You never know what surprises we’ll have in store, but they’ll always be original and interactive (don’t worry, participation is optional). Will you get the chance to record your own story in our “mini-studio” or a take part in an epic audience party game? You have to show up if you want to find out!
The Show: 8:00pm
With brazen honesty and creativity, actors, comedy writers, and everyday people read their own stories while our DJ spins a real-time soundtrack using anything from Brahms to Beyoncé. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll get an extremely intimate look into the life of a total stranger.
What is WordPlay and why is it so special?
It’s simply real people, sharing real stories with a real live soundtrack.
Please Note: WordPlay presents stories about real people in real situations. We value all true stories and showcase a range of experiences and adventures in our programming. Due to the real nature of our stories, WordPlay is not always suitable for very young people and sensitive listeners. Please be advised when considering attendance.
The Friday performance of WordPlay feature ASL interpretation by Heather Gray. Large print programs are available for both shows.
Bricolage’s space at 937 Liberty Avenue is designed for wheelchair access, featuring accessible all-gender restrooms and wheelchair seating. Companion seating is also available with advance notice. Bricolage is committed to providing an environment that is inclusive and welcoming to all patrons. We encourage patrons to identify any specific accommodations that would make their experience more enjoyable in the comments section when purchasing tickets or by calling their offices at 412.471.0999 or by emailing Fred at email@example.com.
We are accepting submissions for Wordplay!
WordPlay stories don’t have a specific theme, but a good story is:
• True and about you.
• 1,500 to 2,000 words.
• A story! Meaning, it has a beginning, middle, and end. There should be some conflict or tension in addition to scenes that move the action forward. Commentary and reflection on the story are also key.
• WordPlay loves funny stories and poignant stories and all combinations thereof. However, we try to steer clear of the maudlin and overly sentimental.
Stories are accepted on a rolling basis and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. We read all submissions and look forward to reading yours! Performers are paid a $100 stipend for 1 rehearsal and 2 performances in Pittsburgh.
See What Everyone Else Is Saying
"WordPlay returns with an especially intriguing group of talents who’ll tell their personal stories while a DJ creates a real-time soundtrack"– CP Staff, Pittsburgh City Paper
"Get ready to experience an extremely intimate, imaginative, brazen, and frank glimpse into the lives of total strangers"– Jennifer Barron, NEXTpittsburgh
“The tradition of storytelling is on display in “WordPlay,” the Bricolage series that blends the sharing of personal true stories with a live music mash-up. Actors, comedy writers and others with a story to tell read their stories while a DJ spins a real-time soundtrack, using anything from Bruno Mars to Bach.”– Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Meet the Cast & Crew
- Samantha Bennett
- Joel Brady
- Billy Jenkins
- Alan Olifson
- Deesha Philyaw
Creator & Co-producer
- Alan Olifson