White Guy on the Bus is a provocative new play making its world premiere at Northlight Theatre, written by Bruce Graham and directed by Northlight Artistic Director BJ Jones:
A wealthy white businessman and a struggling black single mom ride the same bus week after week. As they get to know each other, their conversation reveals a complex web of moral ambiguity, revenge, and racial biases.
Thematically, this new play offers a candid and unexpected perspective on issues including:
- Inequity of educational opportunities based on socio-economic status,
- The pervasiveness of stereotyping across race, class and gender lines, and
- Racial disparities in the criminal justice system.
Executive Director Kathy Lyons participated in a post-show discussion with several other community leader panelists including Morris Brent of the Youth Job Center, Eileen Heineman of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, and Kevin Mott of Connections for the Homeless.