Show: WHITE GUY ON THE BUS
Theater: The Stagecrafters
Theater Website: http://www.thestagecrafters.org
Show runs: 02/07/2020 to 02/23/2020
The action of this play unfolds in contemporary Philadelphia, as we see Shatique and Ray, two strangers regularly riding a bus together, strike up an unlikely friendship. She is a young, struggling African-American single mother, he a white, married, middle-aged wealthy financier. As their story progresses, an electrifying disclosure foreshadows dire consequences, and the horrific life-changing decisions that the two make come into focus before our eyes. The play, as it weaves a twisted web of moral ambiguity, becomes an out-and-out thriller, as well as a deeply perceptive commentary on racial and class inequality in America! Critical commentary has run the gamut of acclaim: “… [this play] … concerns race, but so much more … a powerful story about characters struggling with titanic decisions …” [Broad Street Review.com]; “… a no-holds-barred exposition of race and privilege in 21st century America.” [WHYY Newsworks]; “… a play with guts. … This one goes for the jugular.” [Chicago Tribune].
Bruce Graham (b. 1956), Philadelphia native, began his career as a playwright with Burkie, in 1984, at the Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays (PFT). He has authored over a dozen full-length plays, performed throughout the country (among others, Moon Over the Brewery, Belmont Avenue Social Club, Minor Demons, Coyote on a Fence, According to Goldberg, Something Intangible, and Rizzo). The Stagecrafters has produced a number of his plays, most recently Any Given Monday in 2017. Graham has also returned to the stage, appearing in Lost in Yonkers, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, and Any Given Monday, among others.
White Guy on the Bus was first produced by Delaware Theatre Company in 2016, then transferred to 59E59 Theaters in Manhattan (NYC) in 2017 for a continuing run Off-Broadway. More recently, it has also seen production at a number of regional theaters.
Theater Address: 8130 Germantown Avenue Chestnut Hill Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19118 (Map It)
Theater Phone: (215) 247-8881
Theater Amenities: Wheelchair Accessible, Concessions, Heated/Air Conditioned, Close to public transportation
Price: $15 – $25
Purchase tickets online: http://www.thestagecrafters.org