Directed by Stewart J. Zully
White Guy On The Bus, by Bruce Graham, directed by Stewart J. Zully, is a Los Angeles Premiere. Ray, a white financial manager from an affluent neighborhood, and Shatique, a black nursing student and single mom from the rough side of town, ride the same bus to the same gritty prison every week. They seem to be getting to know each other – until Ray reveals his shocking true purpose for taking these weekly rides. As their ties spin into a complex web of moral ambiguity, revenge, and racial biases, they reach a stunning conclusion in this play.
Stagescenie Awards-2017; Intimate Theatre
Best Direction Of A Drama
White Guy on the Bus Reviews
"With racism once again being given permission to rear its hideous head in today's post-Obama America, the time could not be riper for Bruce Graham's riveting, conversation-provoking White Guy On The Bus. Under Stewart J. Zully's electric direction, performances...could not be finer. Edgy and provocative...(with) pulse pounding suspense, White Guy On The Bus finds strikingly original ways to tackle issues of race in contemporary America. You won't stop thinking about it for days after its final fade to black.”-StagesceneLA
"Award-winning playwright Bruce Graham has taken racial issues and thrown them on their head in this thought-provoking tale of moral ambiguity, racial biases, and – to add some spice to the mix - revenge. White Guy On The Bus is a complex and intriguing tale of what happens when black meets white. Director Stewart J. Zully does an excellent job of grounding these disparate characters and keeping the audience’s eye on the many issues in the play. The talented cast develops each of these personalities and makes them live and breathe.” -LA Splash
"An intriguing glimpse into the lives of two people from entirely different worlds. As their perspectives collide we are drawn into their unusual and compelling relationship, unable to escape the inevitability of their fate. Like watching an accident happening, with no means to stop it. Zully deftly handles this complex and unsettling story, without over complication and with some wonderfully fluid touches that really add to the momentum of the play. Suffice it to say that you won't be disappointed, not in the story, the direction and certainly not in the stellar performances.
‘White Guy on The Bus’ is a play that tells a story we might not be prepared to hear, but one that is so very important to experience.”-Nohoartsdistrict.com
"Graham’s stark drama about America’s racial politics pumps blood into those headlines we scan over coffee. Director Stewart J. Zully deftly ensures his excellent actors make it all too real. Lighting and technical credits are stellar, evoking mood and ambience with effective simplicity." -The Tolucan Times
"With the subject of white privilege now in the headlines, this play is a perfect illustration of it. There is a mystery here, and the resolution starkly brings a deep racial divide into sharp focus. To heighten the tension, author Graham cleverly plays with time, pulling us back and forth so the revelations hit with greater impact. He gives no predictable answers, but leaves all of us shaken by the disclosure of the fragility of our presumed safe worlds. Brilliantly directed by Stewart J. Zully, the cast is flawless.” -Theatre Spoken Here
John "Faahz" Merchant recording for White Guy On The Bus