B.U.S. 11: A daring exposé of Pittsburgh's Most Adventurous Artists
Witness the Burgh’s top directors, playwrights, and performers race against time to create compelling original plays in only 24 hours.
Friday – Saturday • March 4 – 5, 2016
Since 2005, We've hosted one of the Burgh’s most adventurous and unconventional fundraisers: Bricolage Urban Scrawl (affectionately known as B.U.S). An exhilarating mix of jet-fueled theater-making and VIP Gala, B.U.S. is the place to find Pittsburgh’s preeminent playwrights, directors, and performers. This remarkable event features longtime stage veterans and fresh-faced artists alike, giving the local theater community a chance to come together on one stage. Audience members will witness the birth of six brand new 10-minute plays, mingle with the who’s who of Pittsburgh’s theatre scene, bid on the best silent auction packages in town, enjoy food and drink throughout the evening, and be the very first to hear about our 2016 season line-up, (including the closely kept secret of our next immersive endeavor).
After 10 years of hosting this adrenaline-charged fundraiser, Bricolage has relocated the main event to The August Wilson Center, allowing us to make this year’s B.U.S. bigger and better than ever.
HOW DOES IT ALL WORK?
We will collaborate with over 40 local theatre 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 set out in all different directions from downtown Pittsburgh at 5:30pm on Friday March 4th 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 our intimate black-box theatre. This rare look behind-the-scenes gives you a chance to see the audition process, as 25 brave performers share secret details of their lives and perform absurd requests! 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 5th 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 Catered by Bistro To Go, 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 on a high note with a post-show toast and “jam,” (a Celebratory post-show drink set to a dance-worthy playlist).
B.U.S. 11 SCHEDULE:
Friday, March 4 @ Bricolage
7-9 pm: VIP Reception + Live Actor Exhibition
Saturday, March 5 @ The August Wilson Center
6:30-8 pm: VIP Gala Catered by Bistro To Go and Silent Auction
8-10 pm: Performance
10-11pm: Post-Show Toast and “Jam.”
B.U.S. 11 FARES:
$40: Mini B.U.S. (Saturday performance + post-show toast and “jam”)
$75: Party B.U.S. (Saturday VIP Gala + performance + post-show toast and “jam”)
$150: Double Decker B.U.S. (all events Friday + Saturday)
B.U.S. 11 ARTISTS:
PLAYWRIGHTS: Gab Cody, Kim El, Levi Jelks, Gayle Pazerski, Mark Clayton Southers and Ray Werner
DIRECTORS: Reginald Douglas, Monteze Freeland, Lisa Ann Goldsmith, Linda Haston, Adil Mansoor and Bria Walker
ACTORS: Cassidy Adkins, Lissa Brennan, Dave Bielewicz, TaeAjah Cannon, Siovhan Christensen, Erika Cuenca, Cheryl El-Walker, John Feightner, Delana Flowers, Parag S. Gohel, Brett Goodnack, Mils James, Amy Landis, Hazel Leroy, Michael McBurney, Jason McCune, Dave Malehorn, Amy Marsalis, Reese Redwood, Sundiata Rice, Ayne Terceira, Johnny Terreri, Kelly Trumbull, Jonathan Visser, and Sara Williams.
CREW: Cory Godard (SM), Alex Frantz and Michael Young (ASM), Andrew Ostrowski (Lighting Design), Kris Buggey and Zach Brown (Sound Design)
SPECIAL GUEST: Bunny Bixler
B.U.S. 11 will feature Audio Description and large print programs for the main performance on Saturday March 5th. Both Bricolage’s space at 937 Liberty Ave, and The August Wilson’s space at 980 Liberty Ave, are wheelchair accessible. Companion seating is also available with advance notice. Bricolage is committed to providing an environment that is inclusive and welcoming to all patrons. They encourage patrons to identify any specific accommodations that would make their experience more enjoyable such as ground level seating, audio description, or any other requests in the comments section when purchasing tickets or by calling their offices at 412.471.0999.
Funding for B.U.S. is provided by Allegheny Regional Asset District,The Betsy McCormack Fund, Bistro To Go, The Gruber Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, Pittsburgh Port Authority, UBS Financial Services, 91.3 FM WYEP, 90.5 WESA
Chairs: David McAdams & Gene Welsh
Charles & Nancy Adreon, Dina Clark, Stephanie & Tom Crowley, Bryan & Jamie DeCecco, Abby Goldstein & Jason Kumpel, Lauri Fink, Gloria & Dan Hahn, Ann Lapidus, David & Diane Lassman, Tony Mologne, Arlene Merryman, Richard Parsakian, Brian Pietrandrea & Allison Whitney, Sally Ritts & Matthew Loughren, Locke Roberts, Rod & Donna Schwartz, Henry & Mary Snyder, Linda & Jay Thier, and Ray & Susan Werner
Image by David Pohl at House of Pingting