Bricolage Production Company
November 18 & 19
7:30 p.m.

Wordsmiths, raconteurs and linguists alike will flock to Bricolage this weekend for the downtown-based company’s latest edition of WordPlay.

Brian Broome, photo by Handerson Gomes.

If you’re heading to Friday’s Light Up Night, this lively show is the perfect way to cap off your festive night in the Cultural District. With only two chances to experience this storytelling sensation, better buy tickets now, because WordPlay often sells out in advance.

Equal parts witty, wicked and heartfelt, Bricolage’s signature hybrid of stories, sound and performance art has been generating buzz since the event’s co-creator Alan Olifson brought it to Pittsburgh three years ago.

Each night of WordPlay kicks off with a free “Happy Half-Hour” from 7:30 to 8:00 p.m., where attendees are invited to join epic party games and record their own stories in Bricolage’s mini-studio.

Tami Dixon, photo by Alisyn Blackwell.

The show’s the thing at 8 p.m. when local actors, writers, comedians, and everyday people read their original stories while DJs from Tracksploitation spin a real-time soundtrack culling tunes from Brahms to Beyoncé.

Billed as “real people, sharing real stories with a real live soundtrack,” the show is the brainchild of award-winning humor columnist and MOTH host Alan Olifson, who will also star in this weekend’s edition. Joining Olifson at the storyteller’s mic will be Kirsten Ervin, Alyssa Herron, Jonathan Krsul and Sarah Souri.

Get ready to experience an extremely intimate, imaginative, brazen, and frank glimpse into the lives of total strangers.

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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 of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.