Homophobia Takes Center Stage in James Lantz's The Bus, Opening Off-Broadway Oct. 9

News   Homophobia Takes Center Stage in James Lantz's The Bus, Opening Off-Broadway Oct. 9
The New York premiere of James Lantz's The Bus, a new drama about homophobia in small-town America, officially opens Off-Broadway Oct. 9 at 59E59 Theaters.

Will Roland and Bryan Fitzgerald
Will Roland and Bryan Fitzgerald Photo by Carol Rosegg

John Simpkins (Bloodsong of Love, ReWrite, Things to Ruin) stages the work that began previews Oct. 4 and will continue through Oct. 30. Following its Off-Broadway debut, presenters will bring the production to Topeka, KS, to confront members of the Westboro Baptist Church in early November.

The cast includes Bryan Fitzgerald, Julia Lawler, Kerry McGann, Travis Mitchell, Bob Nuner and Will Roland.

Here's how the drama is billed: "Two teenage boys regularly rendezvous late at night in a parked church bus. When their place of refuge is in danger of being discovered, the boys find themselves in the middle of a conflict between a large church and a small town gas station — and the clash proves explosive. Alternatively touching, haunting, humorous and swirling with suspense, The Bus is a provocative look at small town homophobia and a timely drama about a community at odds with itself."

The Bus has set design by Michael Schweikardt, lighting design by Chris Dallos, costume design by Michelle Eden Humphrey, props by Sven Henry Nelson and original music by Michael Shaieb.

The Bus had its premiere in 2006 at FlynnSpace in Burlington, VT. Lantz is also the author of the plays American Machine and Thrown Away Circus, as well as the screenplay "Hide Fox."

For tickets phone (212) 279-4200 or visit 59E59Theaters.

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