Like Amiri Baraka's play "Dutchman," Bruce Graham's "White Guy on the Bus" explores racism through an encounter on public transportation. But unlike the encounter in "Dutchman," which takes place on a single ride that moves from casually pleasant to violent, Graham's play follows the routine encounters between a wealthy white businessmen and a young black single mother who ride the same bus. As the two become better acquainted, they reveal elements of their past, communication becomes fraught, and the complexities of racial biases are revealed. Donald B. Bartalo directs a staging of "White Guy on the Bus" this week at the Multi-use Community Cultural Center.
"White Guy on the Bus" will be staged at MuCCC, 142 Atlantic Avenue, from Wednesday, June 27, through Sunday, July 1, at 7:30 p.m. each night. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. muccc.org