Third Annual Staged Reading Performance Series

  • March - August 2008

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.


Midnight Radio
March 30th and 31st, 2008
Conceived and Directed by Bricolage

Part Rocky Horror Picture Show, part A Prairie Home Companion, Bricolage introduces Midnight Radio. Featuring classic radio dramas, contemporary comedy sketches, live music, live Foley sound effects, and an audience rant box, this dynamic evening is sure to take you back to the days when radio was king and your imagination was your own.


Woman From the Past
April 27th and 28th, 2008
By Roland Schimmelpfennig, Directed by Melanie Dreyer

On the eve of a new life overseas, Frank sits surrounded by moving boxes. He has everything, a beautiful wife, a happy song, a great job. Until he opens his front door and discovers a long forgotten high school sweetheart, who has returned to collect on a promise he made 24 years ago.


Floating Under Water
May 18th and 19th, 2008
By France-Luce Benson, Directed by Kathleen Amshaw

On a remote island where lust and fantasy are sold, a young Haitian women sets out on a journey to uncover the truth of her dark past. She is guided by a Goddess of the sea into a lush world of haunting and healing images that propel her to rise above the surface of emotional bondage, giving birth to an inner strength that had been silenced for years. Using the language of Haitian folklore, surreal imagery, and brutal realism, Floating Under Water is a story of redemption, empowerment and forgiveness.

June 29th and 30th, 2008
Written and Directed by David Turkel

A wealthy gentleman’s sudden illness puts pressure on his daughter’s marriage prospects. But when one of the young girl’s suitors runs screaming from the house, her mother begins to wonder if the family’s future rests in the hands of a monster. Resident playwright David Turkel takes us into the world of Europe in the fin de siècle  an era where gender, politics, psychology, and eroticism are all poised on the brink of explosion.

Troilus & Cressida
July 27th & 28th, 2008
By William Shakespeare, Directed by Jeffrey Carpenter

It is the seventh year of the siege of Troy by Agamemnon and his Greeks. The conflict is at a stalemate and dissension is growing in both camps. By turns shocking, uproarious, and impassioned, Troilus and Cressida is a bitterly satirical, thoroughly modern exploration of politics, brutality, vanity, double standards, and doomed love played out against the background of a senseless war which no one seems to know how to bring to an end.

Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom
August 24th and 25th, 2008
By Jennifer Haley, Directed by Matt M. Morrow

In a suburban subdivision with identical houses, parents find their teenagers addicted to an online horror video game. The game’s setting? A suburban subdivision with identical houses. The goal? Smash through an army of zombies to escape the neighborhood for good. But as the line blurs between virtual and reality, both parents and players realize that fear has a life of its own.