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Our play about small-town homophobia is headed Off Broadway AND to one of the most anti-gay places in the U.S.
Our play about small-town homophobia is headed Off Broadway AND to one of the most anti-gay places in the U.S.
396 backers pledged $50,492 to help bring this project to life.

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We're taking our play about small-town homophobia Off Broadway and to one of the most anti-gay places in America: Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas.

Our fundraising goal will allow The Bus to play Off Broadway at 59E59 Theaters for four weeks beginning the week of October 3rd and perform in Topeka, Kansas in early November, immediately following our Off Broadway run. If we meet or exceed our goal, these monies will go toward producing both, the Off Broadway and Topeka shows of The Bus.

ABOUT THE PLAY:

The Bus tells the story of two boys who, late at night, regularly rendezvous in a parked church bus just to be close. When their secret meeting place is in danger of being discovered, the boys find themselves in the middle of a family conflict between a large church and a small-town gas station—and the clash proves explosive. Touching, sometimes haunting, often humorous, and swirling with suspense, The Bus was called "a bona-fide surprise hit, drawing big crowds and positive reviews," by the Burlington Free Press.

CRITICAL PRAISE FOR THE BUS:

  • "An extraordinary play…a powerful striking piece that's all the more remarkable because it's the first stage work by the playwright who effectively toes the line between drama and melodrama in a script that tackles such volatile subjects as Christianity, teen homosexuality and the flammable bonds of family…a taut, often darkly amusing script."   The Burlington Free Press
  • "It was a joy to see this script come to life. The main characters, two teenage boys coming to terms with their sexuality, community and impending adulthood, are absolutely convincing." Out in the Mountains
  • "An enormous success … a complex and timely drama about small town tensions caused by the fierce interplay of sexuality, mega-church religiosity, homophobia and pride." Vermont Times

COOL REWARDS: 

A one-of-a-kind smiley pendant that we've created out of reclaimed bus metal. Each pendant is designed by Dostie (from the video) then cut and created from salvaged metal from an old school bus. 

New Reward! -- Katharine Montstream Print:

This summer view of Burlington is from the lake looking back at the city. According to artist Katharine Montstream, "This area is ideal for landscape painting. Between the weather and change of season, there's no lack of material." See more of Katharine's work at kmmstudio.com or at her studio at Union Station. Hurry, only 12 prints available!

59E59 THEATERS IN NEW YORK CITY:

59E59 Theaters is a critically acclaimed Off Broadway theater complex with three stages. Owned and operated by the not-for-profit Elysabeth Kleinhans Theatrical Foundation, 59E59 Theaters brings new, innovative, and challenging work to East Side audiences from across the United States and around the world. 59E59 Theaters were honored with a Drama Desk Award in 2008. www.59E59.org

59E59 Theaters in New York City

FIND OUT MORE:

Please visit our website at www.TheBusThePlay.com

2006 Cast and Crew of The Bus

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    ORIGINAL TISSUE ART -- Receive an original 'smiley face' or 'frowny face' tissue art created and signed by the artist Dostie (just like in the video). Hey, that's nothing to sneeze at!

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    SMILEY PENDANT FROM RECYCLED BUS METAL (see picture) -- We found a bus graveyard, reclaimed an old bus, and are making you a one-of-a-kind pendant out of reclaimed bus metal. Each pendant is designed by Dostie, cut and created from salvaged bus metal, and available in rust, bare metal or bus yellow. Comes with chain or black cord. There's no other pendant like this anywhere in the world!

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    PRODUCER'S PACKET + PENDANT -- Get the smiley pendant from a recycled bus from above + a gold sealed certificate that says you're an Honorary Producer of The Bus (your friends will 'ooh' and 'ahh') + you'll be listed on our website as an 'Honorary Producer' along with everybody else who donates at this level and above.

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    THE OFFICIAL TEE-SHIRT -- The official 'The Bus' tee-shirt will be designed by a very cool artist with just your taste in mind. Only a limited number available, so pledge here now!

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    KATHARINE MONTSTREAM PRINT (see picture) -- This lake view 11 X 17 print of Burlington in summer is signed by our friend and artist, Katharine Montstream. Only 12 available so pledge here now!

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    OFF BROADWAY POSTER -- The official Off Broadway poster will be a work of art, exclusively designed by an artist who will create a design to promote our play in New York City. Our cast and creatives will even sign it and personalize it, if you like!

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    TICKET TO THE SHOW -- When 'The Bus' plays at 59E59 Theaters in New York City for four weeks beginning the week of October 3rd, you'll receive one ticket to whichever performance of the show you choose. See you at the show!

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    TWO TICKETS TO THE SHOW -- When 'The Bus' plays at 59E59 Theaters in New York City for four weeks beginning the week of October 3rd, you'll receive two tickets to whichever performance of the show you choose. Hey, bring a friend!

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    FOUR TICKETS TO THE SHOW -- When 'The Bus' plays at 59E59 Theaters in New York City for four weeks beginning the week of October 3rd, you'll receive four tickets to whichever performance of the show you choose + any two of the aforementioned non-ticket rewards. Bring a couple of friends!

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    FOUR TICKETS + ORIGINAL ARTWORK BY ALISON BECHDEL -- Pledge at this level and you'll get four tickets to the Off Broadway show at 59E59 Theaters in October PLUS you'll earn an original artwork by Alison Bechdel, author of the comic 'Dykes to Watch Out For' and the award-winning book, 'Fun Home.' There's only one of these rewards, so hurry!

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    UP TO EIGHT TICKETS TO THE SHOW + GIFTS -- When 'The Bus' plays at 59E59 Theaters in New York City for four weeks beginning the week of October 3rd, you'll receive up to eight tickets to whichever performance of the show you choose + any two of the aforementioned non-ticket rewards. Wow, bring the whole family!

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER TITLE + TICKETS -- You'll receive a handful of tickets to the Off Broadway show + you'll be classified as an Associate Producer of 'The Bus' with your name listed in the playbill and on the official poster.

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    PRODUCER TITLE + TICKETS -- You'll receive a handful of tickets to the Off Broadway show + you'll be classified as a Producer of 'The Bus' with your name listed in the playbill and on the official poster.

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    PERFORMANCE -- We'll perform the play ANYWHERE in the state of Kansas (or of equal distance) during our 'Topeka' run in early November. Double this pledge and we'll perform 'The Bus' ANYWHERE in the continental U.S. during our fall production run. Think of the possibilities! Heck, we'll even perform in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, home of Rick Santorum, or Lake Elmo, home of Marcus Bachman's counseling service!

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