The ever-innovative, not to mention democratic, Bricolage Productions is putting the themes for next year's fourth season of its signature enterprise on a ballot.
Midnight Radio is a series of live stage shows produced as if they were radio programs, complete with sound-effects generated live in the studio and actors taking multiple roles (often with funny voices).
The seasons have started in summer and ended in fall, and last year featured themes including superheroes, sports and zombies. Midnight Radio has produced classic radio scripts (like War of the Worlds), new full-length pieces and tons of parodies of game shows, advertisements and newscasts.
Perhaps not surprisingly, co-creators Jeffrey Carpenter and Tami Dixon regularly recruit some of Pittsburgh's top stage actors to ply their trade without having to worry about makeup, blocking or costumes -- let alone memorizing dialogue.
The series has proved popular, with regular sell-outs at Bricolage's small Downtown theater ... where even the lobby is decked out according to theme. (A gangster-themed show last season, for instance, found the lobby transformed into a speakeasy, complete with secret password to gain admittance.)
Still, next year Bricolage is scaling down to just three Midnight Radio episodes. But the troupe wants the audience to choose the themes in an online ballot.
Bricolage (www.webbricolage.org) has 11 suggested themes, including Cult Classic Movies, The Industrial Revolution, Seafaring Edition, Suffragettes and even Vintage Radio. There's a write-in option too.
The deadline is 5 p.m. Fri., Dec. 9, with winners announced the week following.
Here's the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/B8NMZZD.