White Guy on the Bus will be making it's Los Angeles premiere at The Road Theatre on Magnolia this January and I am thrilled to be the female lead in this timely narrative.
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.”
When I come across a project I always ask myself what message we're sending within the narrative. Why does this story exist? Will our audience leave with an experience? A new thought? A cathartic release?
After reading White Guy on the Bus I was thrilled with how it answered all of those questions. This is the type of play that you leave not only examining yourself but also with a deep need to have conversations with those around you. We are living in tumultuous times in many ways and certain conversations need to be had if we are ever going to grow out of those times. This play, without a doubt, will help to start some of those conversations.