White Guy on the Bus at The Road on Magnolia

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WHITE GUY ON THE BUS
By Bruce Graham
Directed by Stewart J. Zully
Featuring Kevin McCorkle, Amy E. Stoch, Kacie Rogers, Crash Buist and Teagan Rose

THE REVIEWS ARE IN!

“White Guy On The Bus finds strikingly original ways to tackle issues of race in contemporary America. You won’t stop thinking about it for days after it’s final fade to black.” – StageSceneLA

“Brilliantly directed by Stewart J. Zully, the cast is flawless.”- Theatre Spoken Here

“Suffice it to say that you won’t be disappointed, not in the story, the direction and certainly not in the stellar performances.  But then when is one ever disappointed with any play at The Road?” – NoHo Arts District

“Crackling good entertainment…The Road Theater Company is among the cream of the small theater crop. Their production of White Guy, in its L.A. premiere, is not to be missed.” –CurtainUp

PERFORMANCES:

Fri & Sat 8PM, Sun 2PM

TALK-BACKS:
Sunday Mar 5th 2PM show

THE ROAD ON MAGNOLIA
10747 Magnolia Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601

Ray, a white financial manager from an affluent neighborhood, has a loving wife and liberal family. Shatique is a black nursing student and single mom from the rough side of town. As they ride the same bus to the same gritty prison every week, they seem to be getting to know each other – until Ray reveals his shocking true purpose for taking these weekly rides. As the ties between Ray and Shatique spin into a complex web of moral ambiguity, revenge, and racial biases, they reach a stunning conclusion in this play the New York Times calls “a frank stare-down at racial perceptions today…an unsettling study in cultural disaffection that is likely to spark discussions afterward.”

DESIGNERS:

Set Design – Sarah B. Brown
Lighting Design – Derrick McDaniel
Projection Design – Yee Eun Nam
Sound Design – David B. Marling
Costume Design – Michele Young
Beatbox – John Merchant

UNDERSTUDIES:

Jennice Butler as Molly
Janet Chamberlain as Roz
Cris D’Annunzio as Ray
Mark Elias as Christopher
Lina Green as Shatique

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

BRUCE GRAHAM (Playwright) is the author of 14 published plays: 13 with Dramatists Play Service and 1 with Samuel French. PLAYS: Burkie, Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar & Grille, Moon Over the Brewery, Minor Demons, Belmont Avenue Social Club, The Champagne Charlie Stakes, Desperate Affection, Coyote on a Fence (Winner of The Rosenthal Prize) According to Goldman, Something Intangible (winner of 7 Barrymore Awards including Best New Play) Any Given Monday (Barrymore winner for Best New Play) The Outgoing Tide (Joseph Jefferson Award, Best New Play) Stella and Lou, North of the Boulevard, White Guy on the Bus, Rizzo and Funnyman. Fully Accessible and The Happy F!@#$%G Blind Guy have been published in Best Ten Minute Plays of 2013 and 2014. His one man show The Philly Fan plays semi-continuously throughout the Philadelphia area. Graham recently returned to acting appearing as Ernie in Rumors, Eddie in Lost in Yonkers, Richard in Time Stands Still, Milt in Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Artie in Hurlyburly and Arthur in Pterodactyls. He has received grants from the Pew Foundation, the Princess Grace Foundation (Statuette Award Winner) the Rockefeller Foundation and the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative. Along with Michele Volansky he is the author of the book, “The Collaborative Playwright.” Graham is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He teaches film and theatre courses at Drexel University and divides his time between South Philly and Elkton, Maryland with Stephanie.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

STEWART J. ZULLY (Director) has worked as a director, actor, producer, writer and teacher throughout the U.S. and Canada. He will be directing Martha, by Ellen Melaver (a one-woman show about Martha Graham) at The Whitefire in 2017. Stewart has directed locally at Theatre 40 and The Odyssey, as well as numerous readings here at The Road. Producing credits include Theatre 40’s Annual One-Act Festival (six years) and the feature Perfect Opposites (which he co-wrote), starring Piper Perabo and Aaron Paul. Acting credits include Film: Wolf, For the Boys, New in Town and Malcolm X. Television: Blue Bloods, Hostages, Unforgettable, Law and Order The Sopranos.  Theater: Off-Broadway, LA and Toronto. In 2004, his commercial for Citibank’s Identity Theft campaign won an Emmy as Best Commercial of The Year.

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