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SEASON 4 | 2019–2020

WRITTEN BY Bruce Graham
DIRECTED BY Ron Jones

Crystal Rae as Shatique and Kevin Daugherty as Ray in White Guy on the Bus.  PHOTO BY GARY GRIFFIN

AUG 23 – SEPT 7, 2019

MATCH | Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston

THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

RUNTIME: 2 hrs (including one, 15-minute intermission)

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?

The Story

The Reason

MALINDA L. BECKHAM, 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.

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“Fasten your seatbelts.”

Photos by Gary Griffin

The Reviews

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

Fasten your seatbelts.

"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." ▶ Read Don Maines' article online!

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

The Promotion

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH DIRECTOR RON JONES AND MEET THE CAST

Melody Gray of Houston Drama Club interviews DDTCo. Artistic Director Malinda L Beckham-Cone, Executive Director Trevor B. Cone, Director Ron Jones, and Artistic Associate Curtis Barber.

HOUSTON DRAMA CLUB PODCAST

Download: 2019_0823 White Guy.mp3

The Reaction

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

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

What an unforgettable performance! ...the depth, insight, emotions were massive. I will be following this theater group for more performances

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

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

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

White Guy on the Bus Team

CAST

Kevin Daugherty

Ray

Crystal Rae

Shatique

Elizabeth Byrd Shipsey

Roz

CREATIVE TEAM

Ron Jones

Director

Malinda L. Beckham

Scenic & Costume Design

Trevor B. Cone

Sound & Projection Design

Mark Lewis

Production Manager & Lighting Design

Gary Griffin

Photographer

CREW

Barbara Alicea-Aponte

Production Stage Manager

Josh Arvizo

Sound & Light Board Operator

Dayne Lathrop

Christopher

Olivia Swasey

Molly