2018-2019 Season

White Guy on the Bus: Sept. 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 at 8:00 pm and Sept. 9 at 2:00pm

“White Guy on the Bus”

By Bruce Graham


Premiered September 2018
Presented by iTheatre Collaborative

A shocking and excoriating new play that unravels a complex web of moral ambiguity, class conflict, and the racial divide in America. A wealthy white businessman and a struggling black single mom ride the same bus week after week. The question is why he rides the bus and what does he want from her? The answers, like race, are not so easy.

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Cast (Alphabetically)

Playwright

Bruce Graham

Bruce 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.

Creative Team (Alphabetically)

Elizabeth Broeder is part of the creative team

Elizabeth Broeder

Elizabeth Broeder is so honored to be a part of this story! This is her second acting project with iTheatre Collaborative. In January she was a part of the Hostage cast as Masoumeh. She has been an artistic associate with iTheatre Collaborative for three seasons and is completely in love with the scripts/themes iTheatre explores. She is currently an actor in Southwest Shakespeare Company's educational tour, SWIFT and a choreographer/resident artist for GreasePaint Youtheatre. Recent stage credits include Brooke in Stage Left Production's Other Desert Cities, Rachel in Theatre Artist Studio’s Inherit The Wind, and Jordan in Stage Left Production's The Great Gatsby (for which she won a Broadway World Award for Best Actress in a Non-Professional Play.) She sends so much gratitude to Rosie, Chris and Rapheal. She sends all her love to mom, dad, Sarah, Jake, John and Charles. @el_lostboi

Rosemary  Close is part of the creative team

Rosemary Close

Rosemary has been involved in theater in the Valley for over thirty years. Her work dates back as far as the Arizona Contemporary Theater Company, Northwest Studios and the Glendale Little Theater to name a few oldies. Her onstage credits include: Frozen, Harvey, Chapter Two, Barefoot in the Park, Cabaret, The Balcony, The Way We Live Now, Royal Gambit, Loves Scenes from Romeo and Juliet, Reel to Real, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, The Maids, Skimpies and The Bad Seed. Her recent directing credits include: last season’s Velocity of Autumn and Hughie, previous season’s Grounded and An Almost Holy Picture. In 1991, Rosemary began her longtime association with the New York theater company, Mabou Mines. She appeared in numerous productions with that company both in Phoenix and New York. The highlight of that work with Mabou Mines was a leading role in the multimedia stage production, Wrath of Kali, directed by the award winning and acclaimed, Lee Breuer. Currently, she is the Managing Director for iTheatre Collaborative and is proud to be a part of the impact iTheatre has made in the Phoenix downtown community.

Christopher Haines is part of the creative team

Christopher Haines

Christopher is a theater veteran with over thirty years of experience as an actor, producer, stage manager, writer, director and designer. He graduated in 1991 from Duke University and in 2016 from Arizona State. Directing credits include: (for iTheatre) White Guy on the Bus, A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney, A Bad Friend, The Fish Must Die, Molly Sweeney, and Cat’s Paw. As a designer his work includes: Topdog/Underdog, A Raisin in the Sun, Gunplay, Peter Pan and Wendy, The Wizard of Oz, The Colored Museum, The House of Bernarda Alba, and Horn in the West, a 1500-seat outdoor amphitheater in Boone, N.C. In 1994, Mr. Haines collaborated with the internationally acclaimed director, Lee Breuer (founder of Mabou Mines), on his project Wrath of Kali, as the Director of Videography, both in its debut in Phoenix, AZ and in New York. Other design work in video, photography and media includes; the Daniel Lentz Group's “A Crack in the Bell,” such plays as Jack, Reel to Real, Romeo and Juliet, Sweet Thunder, Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, and he has worked as the Director of Photography on the feature films Wake of the Hero and Means of Escape and was the production designer for the independent film Hack. In 2002 he co-founded iTheatre Collaborative. His work at iTheatre has garnered national attention and recognition with invited performances at the National Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Black Arts Movement Festival in Austin, TX and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, AK. For iTheatre he has produced well-over sixty productions in the Valley with numerous regional and world premieres.