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Full Length Play
2 men, 3 women
Week after week, a wealthy white businessman rides the same bus, befriending a single black mom. As they get to know one another, their pasts unfold and tensions rise, igniting a disturbing and crucial exploration of race.
About the Author
Bruce Graham’s plays include 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, Two Drama Desk Nominations – the West End production starred Ben Cross) ACCORDING TO GOLDMAN, DEX AND JULIE SITTIN' IN A TREE and THE OUTGOING TIDE (which starred John Mahoney and Rondi Reed). Graham recently returned to acting, playing Lenny in his play ANY GIVEN MONDAY, which won the 2010 Barrymore Award for Best New Play. His one man show, THE PHILLY FAN, plays semi-continuously throughout the Philadelphia area. SOMETHING INTANGIBLE won seven 2009 Barrymore Awards including Best New Play. His film credits include "Dunston Checks In," "Anastasia" and "Steal This Movie." T.V. MOVIES: "Hunt for the Unicorn Killer," "The Christmas Secret," "Ring of Endless Light" (Humanitas Award Winner – Best Children’s Screenplay), "Right on Track," "Tiger Cruise," "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "Trading Christmas." TELEVISION: "Roseanne," "Leg Work" and various soap operas. Graham has received grants from the Pew Foundation, the Princess Grace Foundation (Statuette Award Winner) the Rockefeller Foundation and the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative. He is a two time winner of the Edgerton Foundation Award for Best New Play. 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 lives in South Philly with his wife Stephanie, daughter Kendall and beagle Truman.
“…entertaining and thoughtful…Everyone who sees WHITE GUY ON THE BUS will probably recognize the hard truths about racism that drive this story—and, sadly, so much of American life today.” —NY Times.
“[WHITE GUY ON THE BUS] is a play with guts…this unusually frank drama has been gnawing away at me these last 24 hours…I see so many plays that want to blurt out some of the things that these characters say but don’t have the nerve. This one goes for the jugular.” —Chicago Tribune.
“WHITE GUY ON THE BUS obviously concerns race, but so much more…the play is not an issue-driven debate; instead, this is a powerful story about characters struggling with titanic decisions and negotiating desperately to save themselves. As in his other plays, Graham has a delicious way of penning realistic-sounding talk that seems to meander, but actually articulates important themes and ideas entertainingly and without preachiness.” —BroadStreetReview.com.