For its 2005 series of programming, Bricolage staged readings of new and classic works of the theater, featuring minimal set design, costumes, and lighting. The precursor to our Staged Reading Performance Series, these performances took place in a variety of underutilized cultural spaces in and around Pittsburgh, including Wood Street Gallery and the Frick Art Museum.
In conjunction with The Frick Art Museum’s retrospective exhibit Artistry and Innovation in Pittsburgh Glass, 1808-1882, Bricolage presented an incisive look at this Tennessee Williams classic, directed by Pittsburgh City Paper’s Ted Hoover in the intimate setting of The Frick Art Museum auditorium.
Seventeen months and one ton of aluminum in the making, Holler tells the story of Bill, a morally compromised West Virginia mechanic and petty criminal whose only source of goodness lies in his younger, simpler brother, Joe.
Biedermann and the Firebugs takes place in a town victimized by arsonists. In the middle of the neighborhood panic, local businessman Gottleib Biedermann houses two menacing strangers in his attic, thus allowing his active denial to become an accomplice to a town disaster.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s pick for 2002’s “most artistically ambitious” and “adventuresome” debut, the company utilized 14 actors, 2 live musicians, fire-eaters, belly dancers, snake charmers, and a modern dancer to tell this epic tale of Augustin Calmet, a French monk in the early eighteenth century who inadvertently introduced Western Europe to the legend of the vampire.
Bricolage Urban Scrawl (B.U.S.) is Bricolage’s annual fundraiser that takes the form of a 24-hour theatre festival. We give 6 playwrights 12 hours to each write a 10-minute play inspired by a 90 minute ride in a city bus.
The narrative around In the Raw has evolved over the years. From the early days of simple readings that supported playwright’s during their (re)writing process, to a festival that workshopped three plays selected from a call for submissions, and finally to a devised theatre festival that gave playwrights, directors, and actors the experience of creating new work from audience suggestions, In the Raw has always been an incubator for the practice of theatre.