Photo by Andrew Paul.

Bricolage Production Company

October 29 – November 14
8 p.m.

Get set to be transported to Airstrip One in Oceania for a surreal saga of war, government surveillance and dictatorship.

Midnight Radio 7

Sound familiar from high school English class? The Halloween season—during an era when forces of the digital age seems to track and permeate our every move—is an ideal time to revisit George Orwell’s prescient novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Immersing audiences in the iconic dystopian work, Bricolage Production Company‘s next installment of Midnight Radio will recreate the intense and shadowy worlds of Big Brother, doublethink, Newspeak, the Ministry of Truth, the Inner Party and more.

Using the age-old art of radio to bring Orwell’s seminal science fiction book to life in eerie new ways, the chilling production will take the form of a classic 1940s radio broadcast with patrons playing the role of the live studio audience.

For the seventh edition of its popular Midnight Radio series, Bricolage’s 1984 will be packed with live Foley sound effects, commercial spoofs and live musical accompaniment featuring Kira Bokalders on clarinet and Will Teegarden on cello. The show’s seasoned cast of actors—who will juggle multiple roles—features Brett Goodnack, Paul Guggenheimer, John Michnya, Sean “Shaggy” Sears and Sara Williams.

Helping to create the Big Brother aura is a multimedia window installation created by artist R.B. Scott, which will be on display throughout the run of the show.

Art installation R.B. Scott

For the full-on Orwellian experience, don’t miss Bricolage’s opening night “End of the World Ball,” transforming the company’s downtown digs into an artsy apocalypse on October 31st. The Halloween night bash will feature Orwellian-themed amusements, a costume contest and free drinks before and after the show. Be sure to come dressed in your best sci-fi dystopian duds.

Ever wonder how all of those sound effects are made for radio, television and film? Learn all about the exciting art of sound during Bricolage’s free, all-ages Foley Workshop on November 5th. Participants will learn to recreate environmental soundscapes and will try out 1984-style torture devices while experimenting with the actual equipment Bricolage uses during its live productions. The cast of 1984 will be on hand to demonstrate and guide participants through the hands-on process.

View a complete performance schedule. Purchase tickets.

Looking for more events this month? Read our 11 Pittsburgh events not to miss in November feature.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...