Houston Drama Club
White Guy on the Bus
It was my great pleasure to interview Trevor Cone, Malinda Beckam, Curtis Barber and Ron Jones about Dirt Dogs Theatre Company and to talk about their current production of "White Guy on the Bus" by Bruce Graham. It is the regional premiere of this play:
Not everything is black and white. Moral boundaries are crossed and motivations of money, justice, and revenge lead to unexpected turns in White Guy on the Bus by Bruce Graham. A wealthy white businessman befriends a struggling black mother on a city bus and challenges her integrity. Just how far will each go to claim their power?
Friday, Aug. 23 8:00 PM Opening Night
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Crystal Rae portrays Shatique, a nursing student and single mom trying to make a better life for her 9-year-old son. Crystal is an actor and playwright who received her BFA in theatre from ACU Theatre - Abilene Christian University. Her one-woman show, Lions, just played in Chicago at the Prop Thtr Yippie Festival and recently won the Houston Play on Purpose - HPOP Showcase of Shorts! This is Crystal’s first performance with Dirt Dogs and you'll definitely want to witness it!
Olivia Swasey portrays Molly, who is married to Christopher. Molly is a guidance counselor at a suburban private school and has a passionate desire to see her students succeed. Olivia is currently a second year acting student at the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance. She is also an experienced voiceover talent working in anime. Like several of her cast-mates, Olivia is making her Dirt Dogs debut. Get your tickets now to see this young talent's bold performance!
Dayne Lathrop portrays Christopher, who as a young boy endeared himself to his neighbors, Ray and Roz, as a sort of surrogate son. Dayne has a bit in common with his onstage persona: he’s often endearing himself to theatre audiences, as well as to the patrons at Bacco Wine & Spirits where he works as a bartender and creates unique craft cocktails. In addition, Dayne is a teaching artist in the Staging STEM and the Play Makers programs at Alley Theatre. We’re delighted to have this talented performer make his debut on the Dirt Dogs stage!
Elizabeth Byrd Shipsey (“Byrdie”) portrays Roz, the logical yet passionate wife to financier Ray. In real life, Byrdie is a choir director for middle and high school students at Westbury Christian School / Westbury Christian Fine Arts, as well as a member of The Church of St. John the Divine. She recently returned to Houston where she is a veteran stage actor and is represented by Pastorini Bosby Talent Agency. She is well-known to Houston audiences, but is new to the Dirt Dogs family, so please join us in welcoming Byrdie as she makes her DDTCo. debut!
Kevin Daugherty portrays Ray, a white, wealthy investment banker who befriends a single, black mom on a city bus. Kevin is a dedicated actor who works the early morning shift at Starbucks, builds sets for theatres such as Island ETC (east-end theatre company), and then travels from Galveston to Houston for rehearsal nearly every day. He is a formidable talent who has previously graced our stage in powerful performances—from a gritty cop in A Steady Rain to a shock-jock in Talk Radio. Dirt Dogs is excited to have Kevin back to open our fourth season!