• March 13-14 (canceled) • August 28-29 • November 6-7

  • Happy Half-Hour: 7:30pm

  • Show at 8pm

A photo of a man with an arrow pointing to him that says DJ. A photo of a woman with a mic with an arrow pointing to her that says storytellers. WordPlay: Stories with a soundtrack

This hybrid storytelling sensation has been growing in popularity since its co-producer, Alan Olifson, brought it to Pittsburgh over 7 years ago. With its steadily growing audience and frequent media buzz, WordPlay has become a staple of Pittsburgh’s literary and theater scene.

ANNOUNCEMENT: After much consideration, we’ve made the decision to cancel the March 13 and 14 performances of WordPlay. We will be automatically refunding all tickets. While we’ve been looking forward to these performances, Allegheny County officials have recommended that residents avoid events where they will have close contact with large groups of people, and we are following their guidance. Safety is number one right now, and we hope you understand that this choice was made in order to put people before profits, because, after all, that’s our mission. We care deeply about our community and encourage you all to take any steps within your reach to protect yourselves and the people around you.

The Breakdown

Happy Half-Hour: 7:30pm-8:00pm (free drinks!)

Start the night off right with free wine and beer and play interactive games in our cozy downtown Pittsburgh theater.

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.

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.

Theater for All for August 28-29:

Theater for All is an accessibility program, intended to make our work more available to people for whom the ticket price is a burden. A limited number of free tickets will be available on July 23rd at 1:00 PM over the phone and in-person at 937 Liberty Avenue. Theater For All tickets can also be claimed online by using a discount code, which will be posted here on July 23rd at 1:00 PM. Theater for All tickets for March 13-14 were released on February 6th  and have already been claimed.


Accessibility icons for wheelchair access, service animals, audio description, assisted listening, large print programs, ASL interpretation, and Braille programs.

The Friday performances of WordPlay feature ASL interpretation and Audio Description. Large print and Braille programs are available for all shows.

Bricolage’s space at 937 Liberty Avenue (Google 360 tour) is designed for wheelchair access and features accessible all-gender restrooms. Bricolage offers a complimentary support menu including mobility aids, comfort items for guests with sensory sensitivities, and more. Bricolage is committed to providing an environment that is inclusive and welcoming to all. We encourage you to identify anything that would make your experience more enjoyable by leaving a comment when purchasing tickets, calling our office at 412.471.0999, or emailing Fred at fred@bricolagepgh.org.

Submit your story!

So you’ve thought about telling a story at WordPlay but never followed through? Make this the year you finally do it! We are currently looking for stories about:
• A big mistake
• A dramatic change in your life
• A moment you felt in danger

Check out our guidelines and learn how to submit your story here.

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
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Meet the Cast & Crew

  • Creator & Co-producer

    • Alan Olifson
  • DJ

    • Fadewell
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