The Bus is the story of two boys who regularly rendezvous in a parked church bus to explore a budding relationship hidden from family and friends. When their secret meeting place is in danger of being discovered, the boys find themselves in the middle of a conﬂict between the largest church in town and the owner of a small-town gas station — who also happens to be the father of one of the boys. Centered in small-town America in the early ’80′s, The Bus tells a story about teen sexuality, religion and, as The Burlington Free Press described it, “the flammable bonds of family.”
“The Bus is theater magic, it’s beautiful in every way theater should be … the best show I’ve seen in a long, long time” Theatre Is Easy, Weston Clay, NYC
“An extraordinary play … a taut, often darkly amusing script.” Burlington Free Press, Brent Hallenbeck, Burlington, VT
“The Bus packs a wallop … by the end of this production, some in the audience were teary-eyed and most were touched because this little play is not really so little at all.” Curtain Up, Elizabeth Ahlfors, NYC
“A fascinating play, full of surprises” British Theatre Guide, Howard Loxton, London UK
“Lantz’s richly textured script and fragmented structure capture the spirit of the parochial South” The Stage, Paul Vale, London UK
“Completely enthralling!” SceneOne, London UK
“An intimate and touching drama” The Advocate
“It was a joy to see this script come to life” Out in the Mountains
“An enormous success … a complex and timely drama.” Vermont Times
“A tale of gay love and religious conflict well worth getting a ticket for ‘The Bus.’ Cape Times, Sheila Chisholm, Cape Town, South Africa
London UK, Cape Town SA, and San Francisco, California:
The Bus was produced by Above the Stag Theatre in South London and ran for one month through Nov 22, 2014 where it played to sold out houses. It was directed by Rob McWhir and produced by Peter Bull. To see photos and learn more about this production go to the News/Reviews page.
A production of The Bus played in Cape Town, South Africa from July 20 to July 27, 2012. Another production of The Bus was produced in San Francisco at New Conservatory Theater Center that toured to other Northern California locales for the 2012 – 2013 season.
Off Broadway and Kansas:
The Bus made its Off Broadway debut in October 2011 at 59E59 Theaters in New York City where it performed to sold out houses. It then traveled to Kansas in December 2011 as a counter-voice to the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church; over one weekend the play was performed for over 400 Kansans in Wichita and in Topeka. In Topeka, The Bus was performed within blocks of the notorious church led by the late pastor Fred Phelps.
The Bus originally premiered in Burlington, Vermont at FlynnSpace at The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in 2006 where it performed for standing room only audiences — without the incredible support this production initially received from the community, artists and business leaders of Burlington, The Bus would not exist today.
The Bus is a 100% Crowd-funded Play
Over 450 people from the across the U.S. and Canada, to the UK and Norway are backers of The Bus. With donations ranging from $2.00 to $5,000, most of our supporters became backers through our Kickstarter.com project including an estimated 30 to 40 teens who connected to The Bus through The Trevor Project.
Below are a sampling of comments left by backers of The Bus at Kickstarter.com.
“I will be driving to Topeka all the way from Colorado Springs to see this play.” M.T., Colorado Springs, CO
“I’ve been bullied, I’ve been rejected by my dad on this aspect of my life; I can only imagine a child of a truly homophobic family. My father still loves me and so does the rest of my family, but imagine that rejection 1000 times. Then imagine the sliver of hope a teen might get from seeing a play that says, ‘You are not alone.’” K.C., a teen from The Trevor Project
“I feel that every stone possible needs to be turned to help people understand that love can never hurt anybody.” T.S., Torunn, Norway
“This play is the only thing, which presents homosexuality in a good light, that I have seen make an impact on my stereotypically southern grandfather.” a teen, N.H., from Burlington, VT
“I just backed your project even though I barely have any money myself. I just believe so strongly that tolerant places should send off cultural spores to places like Topeka. G.A., New York, NY
If you, too, would like to become a backer of The Bus, please go to our donate page. Thank you!