BUS

By: Amanda Narcisi

Bricolage brings BUS back for it’s 12th year for the 24 hour event that brings Playwrights, directors, Performers and crew from the best of the local theater scene. Creatives from Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater, PICT and Arcade Comedy Theater have 24 hours to create six 10-minute plays.

The list of participants are:

Playwrights: Gab Cody, Kim El, Gayle Pazerski, Dave Harris, Sloan MacRae, & Mark Clayton Southers

Directors: Hallie Donnor, Linda Haston, Patrick Jordan, Ricardo Vila-Roger, Brad Stephenson, & Sam Turich

Performers: Elena Alexandratos, Julianne Avolio, Chrystal Bates, Jonathan Berry, TaeAjah Cannon, Lamar Cheston, Parag S. Gohel, Lisa Ann Goldsmith, Brett Goodnack, Wali Jamal, Billy Jenkins, Christopher Josephs, Amy Landis, Gregory Lehane, Connor McCanlus, Jason McCune, Missy Moreno, Delilah Picart, Quinn Patrick Shannon, Christine Starkey, Kelly Trumbull, Michael Angelo Turner & Shakara Wright

Crew: Wendy Vandergrift (Assistant Production Manager), Alicia DiGiorgi, Cory Goddard & Phill Madore (Stage Managers), Ryan Looke (Assistant Stage Manager), Antonio Colaruotolo & Jenna K Ferree (Lighting Designers), David Gotwald, Brendan Kepple (Sound Designers)

The idea is creative and fun and is as follows: “Bricolage will collaborate with over 40 local theater artists, asking them to risk their creative necks to develop six 10-minute plays in just 24 hours. First, the scene is set as six playwrights take off in all different directions from downtown Pittsburgh at 5:30pm on Friday March 10th for a 90-minute PAT bus ride meant to inspire their coming creations. At 7:00pm that evening, the VIP audience’s journey begins as they join all 40 artists for the Actor Exhibition, performed live in Bricolage’s intimate black-box theatre. This rare look behind the scenes gives patrons a chance to see the creative process in action, as 24 brave performers share secret details of their lives and perform absurd requests from the producers. Finally, the playwrights, in NFL draft style, select the actors they will write for and head home to begin an arduous night of writing. 10 short hours later, the plays are due and rehearsals begin. Saturday March 11th at 6:30pm, after rehearsals and tech are complete, the party gets started and the audience is welcomed into the August Wilson Center for a VIP Gala filled with food, drink, and festivities. At 8pm the lights go dim and 24 hours of blood, sweat, and tears are set into motion with an epic performance of 6 brand-new original plays. The night ends with a post-show toast to celebrate the chaos.”

On Friday, March 10th from 7-10PM is a VIP Reception and live actor Exhibition at Bricolage. Saturday March 11th at The August Wilson Center will be the VIP Gala, Silent Auction, the performance and a post-show toast. Tickets for the events start at $45 and can be purchased at Pittsburgh Cultural Trust box office at 412-456-6666 or trustarts.org/production/51968.

Come out for an amazing event that encompass the flair of local creatives under the most outrageous play of their careers. Cheers!