New Hazlett Theater

April 4 & 5
7 – 9 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. – midnight


Hop aboard the B.U.S. for one of Pittsburgh’s most dynamic fundraisers. Equal parts guerrilla theater, friendly kidnapping and battle of the creative wills, Bricolage Production Company is back with the ninth installment of its signature B.U.S. showdown. Dubbed Bricolage Urban Scrawl (B.U.S.), the alt theater company’s signature annual play-in-a-day series challenges 30 local playwrights, directors and actors to create a 10-minute play inspired by a 90-minute trip on a city bus. Oh, and it all must happen in 24 hours. How’s it work? Each writer is given 12 hours to write and 12 hours to rehearse with directors and actors before debuting their new play exactly 24 hours after hopping on the bus.

B.U.S. 9 kicks off with a VIP event on April 4th, where supporters will enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at how new plays actually come together. The creative marathon continues on April 5th with a pre-show reception featuring fare from local restaurants, libations and a silent auction.  Then, the six newly crafted plays get their world premiere on stage, with entertaining interludes between each performance. From seeing the playwrights step off of the bus and watching the plays develop, to experiencing the actor parade and checking out the brought-from-home props during debut performances, B.U.S. riders will literally become part of Pittsburgh’s contemporary theatre scene. Be sure to stick around after the wild show to mingle with the makers, and learn more about the creative process behind producing the plays. This year’s B.U.S. lineup features 16 new artists. All proceeds from the event, which typically raises between $25,000 and $30,000, go toward supporting Bricolage’s upcoming season of cutting-edge theatre. Go here to view a complete B.U.S. schedule and artist roster and purchase tickets.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...