Second Annual Staged Reading Performance Series

  • March - October 2007

From March through August, we showcase a play each month featuring a total of over 90 actors, musicians, and directors, combined with minimal lighting, sound and set elements.

The artists are given a week to rehearse and present, book-in-hand, their piece for two evenings.

Pick Your Play
What makes Bricolage’s Staged Reading Performance Series unique is the audience’s participation. At the end of the six-month series, through an Internet survey, we ask our audience for their evaluation. Whichever play receives the most enthusiastic response becomes a future Bricolage full production. By engaging the audience as stakeholders in the creation of a play, the observer becomes participant, and the artistic connection between the audience and the play itself is deepened.

 

#1
Weightless
March 18th and 19th, 2007
By Christine Evens, Directed by Jason Nodler

Weightless explores the evolution of America, where smoking is less dangerous than sunlight, the next generation of silicone is undetectable and the distinction between what is real and what can be purchased is terrifyingly distorted.

Sponsored by B.U.S. 2

 

#2
Dutchman
April 29th and 30th, 2007
By Leroi Jones (also known as Amiri Imamu Baraka), Directed by Mark Clayton Southers

This Obie Award-winning classic turned the theatre world on its head when it premiered in NYC in 1964. Poet Amiri Baraka takes us deep into the “flying underbelly of the city” where there is no hope, no heroes and no future, where the flaws of society are deeply rooted in the white man’s oppression of the black man, and disastrous results occur when everybody is looking.

Sponsored by The Bricolage Board

 

#3
The Servant’s Lament
May 27th and 28th, 2007
By David Turkel, Directed by Jeffrey Carpenter

From Bricolage’s resident playwright, David Turkel, who brought you last year’s winner, Key To The Field, and other favorite works such as Holler and Wild Signs, comes a brand-new work commissioned especially for this year’s series.

Sponsored by Frank Vitale

 

#4
A Dream Play
July 1st and 2nd, 2007
By August Strindberg, Directed by Jorge Cousineau

Anything can happen. Free from the rules of time and space, the goddess daughter of Indra travels to earth to encounter the human experience. Sprawling and limitless, her journey defies traditional logic, transforming one thing into the next. Each image of humanity and each story of suffering melds with the next, allowing Strindberg to create a vast and beautiful universe inside a dream.

 

#5
Hamlet Up Close
July 29th and 30th, 2007
Conceived by Jim Neison and Barbara MacKenzie-Wood on an Adaptation by Peter Brook, Directed by Barbara MacKenzie-Wood

7 Actors, 142 minutes, 100 seats each night. In the tradition of the “Chamber Shakespeare” of Trevor Nunn, Peter Brook and Mark Rylance.

 

#6 
Great White (World Premiere)
August 19th and 20th, 2007 
Libretto by Matt M. Morrow and Sean J. Palmer, Music and Lyrics by Sean J. Palmer, Directed by Matt M. Morrow

1973, America. Vicious shark attacks along the coast of Long Island put a seaside town in an economic stranglehold. This unconventional musicalization of a classic story of one man’s struggle to save his marriage and community reveals the dark underbelly of capitalism and classism.

Sponsored by Bruce Crocker


Key To the Field (Winner of the 2006 Staged Reading Performance Series)
September 19th – October 7th, 2007
By David Turkel, Directed by Jed Harris, Starring Tami Dixon, Sam Turich, and Marty Giles

A controversial schoolteacher wakes in the middle of the night to find a brick thrown through the picture window of his suburban home. Things get worse when a police officer arrives and, instead of investigating, takes him hostage. Written to mirror the work of Rene Magritte, Key to the Field is a surrealist thrill-ride through the twisted landscape of the American dream, and was named one of the top 20 plays of 2007 by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

 

In Service
October 4th – Oct 21st, 2007
Directed by Jeffrey Carpenter

We often speak of war in broad, geopolitical terms, but lost in this discourse is the simple fact that war is local and personal. In the heat of battle, the soldier spends more time thinking about the compatriot sitting next to him or her than about the political questions occupying the front page of the newspaper. War is the story of one individual, your fellow Pittsburgher, perhaps living next door or working in the next office over. Their stories range from horrifying tales of tragedy to gripping accounts of peril and heroism. They deserve to be told, and we ought to listen.

Combining live performance, projected video, and still images, In Service presents first-hand experiences of local men and women serving in The Iraq War as soldiers, government officials, and war correspondents.