Bricolage Theater company is gearing up for its 10th season, which opens with the 24-hour scramble known as the Bricolage Urban Scrawl (B.U.S.), then heading into its play-development laboratory In the Raw, which this year will be held in a festival format.
Here's the programming for 2013:
• B.U.S. VIII, April 5 and 6: The eighth annual fundraiser, in which playwrights, actors, directors and tech crew create and stage six new plays in 24 hours, will expand its potential audience by holding the final performance in the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side. The event includes food, drinks, music and a silent auction.
• In the Raw: Three plays selected from 70 submissions will be showcased with weekly readings April 21 through May 20. Each playwright will receive rehearsal time with a director, a dramaturg and a cast, culminating in a two-night presentation for an audience, which will be invited to provide feedback.
• Midnight Radio Jr.: Jeffrey Carpenter and Tami Dixon, Bricolage's artistic directors, will work with Washington County Middle School eighth-graders to develop a program based on the Civil War's Battle of Gettysburg. Also new this year are postshow Foley (sound effects) workshops for kids. Episode 1: June 22-30, Episode 2: July 27-Aug. 4: Episode 3: Aug. 24-Sept. 1.
• Midnight Radio: Adults-only Midnight Radio will feature a three-episode run, including a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the original radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds," one of the most popular themes in the series' history. Episode 1, "American Song Book": Sept. 19-28; Episode 2, "War of the Worlds": Oct. 17-Nov. 2; Episode 3, "Holidaze": Dec. 5-14.
• Fifth Wall: Bricolage will continue to host panel discussions and readings based on current events and in partnership with community-based groups. "We've begun to collaborate with global organizations like the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh to make strong connections between civic issues and the arts," Mr. Carpenter said.
Bricolage Theater is at 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown. Details and tickets: bricolagepgh.org or 412-471-0999.
-- Sharon Eberson
First Published March 8, 2013 12:00 AM