Midnight Radio: Bootleggin and Bathtub Gin

Tami Dixon
P.O. Box 42336
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


August 31, 2011 – Journey back to a world of flappers and gin-runners, gangsters and molls. Bricolage brings you a suspenseful historical fiction episode of Midnight Radio in an atmosphere rife with all that jazz.

Midnight Radio, Episode 4: Bootleggin’ and Bathtub Gin

Thurs, Fri, Sat September 15-17 at 9pm
Fri & Sat September 23-24 at 9pm

Bricolage Artistic Director Jeffrey Carpenter has teamed up with local writer Matthew Adams to create a completely original radio play based on a true story of early organized crime in Pittsburgh.

On July 29, 1932, the most infamous gangland slaying in Pittsburgh history occurred in a coffee shop on Wylie Avenue in the Hill District, when three of the eight Volpe brothers were gunned down in broad daylight. The event became a defining moment in the battle for control over Pittsburgh’s bootlegging empire, involving such notorious gangsters as “Lucky” Luciano and Al Capone, and played out locally by a vast network of mobsters. Midnight Radio’s Bootleggin’ and Bathtub Gin features Murder, Inc. – the exclusive story behind the story of a local underworld at war, from “speakeasies” to back woods stills, and a lone sheriff with designs of his own.

What is Midnight Radio?
Don’t be fooled by the title; Midnight Radio isn’t on the radio – it’s a live theatrical production performed by some of Pittsburgh’s best theater artists in our intimate space downtown. The series is presented in monthly episodes, each with a different theme and a rotating cast of characters. Every episode features radio plays with live-created sound effects, plus commercial parodies, Fake Breaking News, game shows, and other hilarious segments. Think Prairie Home Companion meets Saturday Night Live and a whole lot of Red Bull!

Single Tickets: $25
Students & Seniors: $15 with valid ID
Groups of 10 or more: $15
Tickets include free beverages.
To purchase: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/158431

Cast & Crew
directed by Jeffrey Carpenter
written by Matthew Adams, Jeffrey Carpenter, and Tami Dixon
stage management by Caitlin E. Roper
sound engineering by Brendan Kepple
music direction by Sam McUmber
projections by Andrew S. Paul
featuring Tami Dixon, Jack Erdie, Lisa Ann Goldsmith, Jeffrey Howell, Adam Kroloff and musical guests the Ortner-Roberts Trio

Bricolage Production Company
937 Liberty Avenue, 1st Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Midnight Radio Season 3 Schedule
Episode 1: Superhero Edition!
June 16-18 and 24-25

Episode 2: Cowboys and Aliens
July 21-23 and 29-30

Episode 3: The Incredible Audio World of Pittsburgh Sports
August 18-20 and 26-27

Episode 4: Bootleggin’ and Bathtub Gin
September 15-17 and 23-24

Episode 5: Zombie Apocalypse
October 20-November 19

Midnight Radio, Season 3 is sponsored by CS2Day, Friends of the Riverfront, The Heinz Endowments, Pittsburgh City Paper, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Duquesne Beer, SPIN Bartini and Ultralounge, and WYEP 91.3FM.

Our Mission
At Bricolage, our mission is to immerse artists and audiences in adventurous theatrical experiences that foster connections and alter perceptions.

Artistic Vision
We envision theater not as a passive experience, but as a vehicle for heightened involvement for artist and audience alike. Our approach encourages artists to take the creative risks necessary to create full-blooded, high-quality theatrical experiences that challenge audiences to engage in new ways, react, and express openly their opinions about our work – to have a stake in the creative discussion.

The word Bricolage means, “making artful use of what is at hand.” What excites this company is the connection and interaction between seemingly disparate elements, and the potential for these components to resonate as one cohesive event. Bricolage uses the distinctive resources of the Pittsburgh region to create theatrical experiences that stimulate a heightened sense of involvement for the audience. “What’s at hand” is our city’s changing landscape, our plentiful human and material resources, and the salient political, cultural and ethical issues we encounter and react to each day.

By combining different artistic mediums, nourishing local talent, producing provocative work, and facilitating audience engagement, Bricolage seeks to revitalize live performance for a new era.

By: Tami Dixon

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