With "Speech & Debate," a contemporary play about what it's like to be a gay adolescent, Bricolage introduces the program "Walk the Talk," a partnership between the production company and high schools within walking distance of its Cultural District space.
Classes from Northside Urban Pathways and Pittsburgh CAPA will arrive on foot for select matinees and participate in activities related to the Stephen Karam play.
"Speech & Debate" premiered at Roundabout Theatre Company's Underground in New York, prompting The New York Times to enthuse, "The play's real accomplishment is its picture of the borderland between late adolescence and adulthood, where grown-up ideas and ambition coexist with childish will and bravado."
The play employs humor to tell the story of three high school students who come upon a sex scandal in their hometown. Sexuality and free speech as it relates to teens are among the issues explored in the play.
"We can all relate to that time in our lives when the struggle for identity was a daily battle ... and this play hits that nail right on the head," said director Jeffrey Carpenter.
"Speech & Debate" opens at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday, then continues 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays through May 8. Tickets: $15 at www.webbricolage.org or $20 at the door; student tickets are $12, or $15 at the door.