Ghost bus, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from neoliminal’s photostream

Jeffrey Carpenter, a native Pittsburgher and graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, founded the Bricolage Production Company a decade ago. He took his inspiration from anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss, who used the term “bricolage” to mean “the innovative use of what’s at hand.” The Bricolage Production Company is dedicated to “making artful use of what is at hand” to “combine existing elements — physical, social, political, cultural — into new visceral, meaningful theatrical experiences for artists and audiences alike.”

An example of that can be see this weekend in B.U.S. 6, their 6th annual Bricolage Urban Scrawl 24-Hour Theatre Extravaganza. Each year, Bricolage Urban Scrawl has six playwrights take a 90-minute ride on a Pittsburgh city bus. The writers then have 12 hours to each write a 10-minute play inspired by their trip. The directors and actors get 12 hours to rehearse, memorize and stage the plays. The entire process takes place over a 24-hour period. This year it will be from Friday, February 25th at 7:30 PM to Saturday, February 26th at 8:00 PM. B.U.S. 6 playwrights include Gab Cody, Wali Jamal, Gayle Pazerski, Peter Roth, Tammy Ryan, and Dennis Schebetta; and directors include Martin Giles, Melissa Grande, Matthew Gray, Sheila McKenna, Brad Stephenson, and Marci Woodruff. There are 24 actors (click here for a full lineup). Here’s a video that further explains the concept for the uninitiated:

Unfortunately, if you haven’t already purchased tickets, you’re out of luck. They’ve sold out both nights of this, their most popular event of the season. But, you can see upcoming events here and you can help to support Bricolage’s innovative vision here.