“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.” Elizabeth Ahlfors, Curtain Up, NYC
“Intimate and touching!” Brandon Voss, Advocate
“Terrific! … There’s more than a hint of Thornton Wilder’s ‘Our Town’ in James Lantz’s, The Bus!” Dan Bacalzo, TheaterMania, NYC
“An extraordinary play!” Brent Hallenbeck, Burlington Free Press, Burlington, VT
“Tale of gay love and religious conflict well worth getting a ticket for ‘The Bus.’ Sheila Chisholm, Cape Times, Cape Town, South Africa
The Bus is a the story of Jordan and Ian, two boys who regularly rendezvous in a parked bus that belongs to the most powerful church in town, Golden Rule. Late at night, they meet to explore sexual feelings that are at once awkward, humorous, and kept from the light of day. When their secret meeting place is in danger of being discovered, the boys find themselves caught in a conﬂict between Golden Rule and a gas station owned by Ian’s father — and the clash proves explosive. Can Jordan and Ian move their fragile relationship into the light, or will church and family drive them back? A touching tale that swirls with suspense, The Bus is a play you will not want to miss.
Upcoming Productions: 2012 and 2013
A production of The Bus played in Cape Town, South Africa from July 20 to July 27, 2012. You can find out more about this production at its South African website here.
Another production of The Bus will be produced in San Francisco at New Conservatory Theater Center and tour to other Northern California locales for the 2012 – 2013 season. More info coming soon.
Off Broadway, Kansas and Vermont
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 pastor Fred Phelps. The Bus originally premiered in Burlington, Vermont at FlynnSpace at The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.
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!