By Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
- "Transit Tales" is a multimedia storytelling project about how public transit affects our lives. Funded by a Sprout grant and in partnership with Pittsburghers for Public Transit and Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, Bricolage has collected stories about transit from riders, nonriders and drivers and is selecting tales to share through a variety of media partners. If this sounds a little familiar, Bricolage producing artistic director Tami Dixon spent months collecting tales for her one-woman show "South Side Stories" presented last year at City Theatre.
- "Wordplay," a format created in collaboration with Alan Olifson, local host of the Moth series, provides scores for selected stories, which are read with "a full DJ treatment. It's been an absolute hit with our audience," Bricolage artistic director Jeffery Carpenter said. Several "Transit Tales" stories will be transformed for "Wordplay" on Nov. 22.
- Using what they've learned over several seasons of "Midnight Radio" and "Midnight Radio Jr." performances, Mr. Carpenter and Ms. Dixon created a curriculum that was tried out with Washington County eighth-graders for a program about Gettysburg for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle. "We had such great support from teachers and administrators. It went better than we could have hoped for," Mr. Carpenter said, adding that now they have the basis for applying what they've learned to other school districts.
- Next up for "Midnight Radio": Bricolage takes a cue from "Mystery Science Theatre 3000" for "Episode 3: Animated Holidaze," Dec. 5-14.
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