White Guy on the Bus 
Written by Bruce Graham

Directed by Ron Jones

White Guy on the Bus takes a very human look at race relations in America where not everything is black and white. Moral boundaries are crossed and motivations of money, justice and revenge lead to unexpected turns in this regional premiere by Bruce Graham. In this regional premiere, a wealthy white businessman befriends a struggling black mother on a city bus and challenges her integrity. But just how far will each go to claim their power?

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Photography by Gary Griffin

From the Artistic Director

At Dirt Dogs Theatre Co., we feel that theatre should get people thinking and spark thoughtful discussion. Sometimes that means presenting topical issues that are unnerving to address but necessary for us to progress.

Our approach and purpose for this very sensitive material is to throw back the curtain and observe certain attitudes about race. Our aim is to expose these private (and oftentimes public) attitudes and to have brutal discussions with honest questions about race in America. We should all ask ourselves, are we
guilty of one of the thoughts we hear expressed on this stage? Am I contributing to an overall problem that I didn’t know I was part of? We can all make a difference by considering our own attitudes and being more mindful of those experiences that are different from our own.

Asking questions. Seeking answers. Wanting improvement.

That’s human nature.


"This is not the play to jump to conclusions.
What comes next isn't on the radar." 
"Fasten your seatbelts."

Read the Houston Press review



Thank you to Melody Gray of Houston Drama Club for talking with us about White Guy on the Bus! The 20-minute podcast is a behind-the-scenes discussion with DDTCo. Artistic Director Malinda L Beckham-Cone, Executive Director Trevor B. Cone, Director Ron Jones, and Curtis Barber who recently joined our team as artistic associate.

This past Sunday, "Houston and Beyond with Jack Chambers" featured an interview with DDTCo. Executive Director Trevor B. Cone, Artistic Director Malinda L Beckham-Cone and White Guy on the Bus Director Ron Jones which aired on 1070 AM The Answer. The entire interview will soon be available for streaming on the Previous Shows section of HoustonandBeyond.com.

Outsmart Magazine featured an article about White Guy on the Bus.

Read Don Maines' article online!

"The presentation by Dirt Dogs Theatre Co. turns its characters' conversations into a full-contact sport. The plot itself is suspenseful, with unexpected and thought-provoking surprises."

Audience Reaction

"One of the best plays we’ve seen in Houston in a while. Thought provoking about white privilege and extremely well acted and directed. This is a must see play"

"I was literally on the edge of my seat. Well done!!"


What an incredible story and what an unforgettable performance! 5 people on stage and the depth, insight, emotions were massive. I will be following this theater group for more performances.


"Go, and be prepared for an exciting, uncomfortable, exhilarating evening of theatre as it should be."


"A superb piece of theatre that is truly thought provoking and pertinent to our current sociological landscape."

"There aren’t many shows that keep me talking for hours after I’ve left. This is one of them."

Behind the Scenes

The Cast

The Creative Team


Scenic & Costume Design
ghting Design
Sound & Projection Design
Production Manager
Production Stage Manager
Sound & Light Board Operator
Program Design

Ron Jones

Malinda L. Beckham
Mark Lewis
Trevor B. Cone
Mark Lewis
Barbara Alicea-Aponte

Josh Arvizo
Melissa J. Mayo
Gary Griffin

Promotional poster

White Guy on the Bus Program

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