WHITE GUY ON THE BUS
Written by Bruce Graham / Directed by Bud Martin
FEBRUARY 1 - 19, 2017
TRANSFERRING OFF-BROADWAY IN MARCH 2017!
Week after week, a wealthy businessman rides the same bus, befriending Shatique, a young single mother putting herself through school and struggling to raise a son on her own. As they get to know one another, their pasts unfold and tensions rise, unraveling a complex web of revenge, social mores and racial biases from a candid and unexpected perspective.
Following every performance
Stick around after the show and reflect on the play during one of our community discussions.
Panel Discussion on Race, Equity and Education
February 11 / 4:30pm
Teach for America, in partnership with Delaware Theatre Company, will host a panel discussion at the theatre focusing on race, equity, and education.
Want more information on the themes of the play, as well as deeper insight on equality, diversity, and inclusion? Check out our Resource Forum.
PRESS & REVIEWS
“A play with guts ... 'White Guy' is a social commentary and morality tale, but it’s also a well-crafted straight-out mystery.”
- The News Journal, Read the Review
"Even more timely now ... Tremendously powerful.”
- Broad Street Review, Read the Review
"Powerful ... Simply put, this is a story you should experience."
- Delaware Arts info, Read the Review
"No-holds-barred exposition of race and privilege in 21st century America.”
- WHYY Newsworks, Read the Review
"Excites theatrically ... Graham's play brutally examines contemporary racial and class tensions in America - and this production soars in Bud Martin's unflinching direction."
- The Philadelphia Inquirer, Read the Review
“Searing ... Both [Leneé] and Cuccioli give strong performances in this lacerating pronouncement on race relations ... Powerful and brave."
- Hockessin Community News, Read the Review
“Bravely depicts American attitudes toward race ... intense and smart performances."
- DC Metro Theater Arts, Read the Review
"Strong performances and no high horse."
- Town Square Delaware, Read the Review
This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency committed to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
CAST & CREATIVE
HOW TO TALK ABOUT RACE
Eric Deggans at TEDxBloomington
HOW STUDYING PRIVILEGE SYSTEMS CAN STRENGTHEN COMPASSION
Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools
WHITE FRAGILITY by Robin DiAngelo
"The direction of power between whites and people of color is historic, traditional, normalized, and deeply embedded in the fabric of U.S. society" ... Read the full article
WHITE PRIVILEGE: UNPACKING THE INVISIBLE KNAPSACK by Peggy McIntosh
"As a white person, I realized I had been taught about racism as something which puts others at a disadvantage, but had been taught not to see one of its corollary aspects, white privilege, which puts me at an advantage" ... Read the full article
EXPLAINING WHITE PRIVILEGE TO A BROKE WHITE PERSON by Gina Crosley-Corcoran
"I came from the kind of poor that people don’t want to believe still exists in this country. Have you ever spent a frigid northern-Illinois winter without heat or running water?" ... Read the full article
“BUT YOU SPEAK SO WELL”: HOW LATINOS EXPERIENCE SUBTLE RACISM by Sylvia L. Mazzula, PhD.
"Last month marked the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and across the U.S., many Americans proclaimed that Dr. King’s dream had indeed come true. Perhaps many people believe this because overt acts of racism aren’t as common and are typically frowned upon. However, covert forms of racism are all too common" ...
THIS IS WHAT MODERN DAY DISCRIMINATION AGAINST NATIVE AMERICANS LOOKS LIKE by Matt Sacaro
"Despite the furor over the Washington Redskins and Columbus Day, the most serious discrimination against Native Americans doesn't take place at a football game or during a poorly-named day off from work. It starts in schools, and pervades all aspects of a Native American's life as time goes on" ... Read the full article
Want an inside look? Check out our study guide to learn more about the themes and issues present in WHITE GUY ON THE BUS. For an educator's version that details the plot and includes discussion questions, please contact Johanna Schloss, Associate Director of Education and Community Engagement, by clicking here.