New Life Productions, LLC - EVENTS--READERS SERIES - Columbia, SC
New Life Productions, LLC - Independent Theatre & Film Production Company
RETURNS Oct. 28th


Written By:  Kim El

Saturday, October 28th @ 3pm
Richland Library Main
2nd Floor Theatre
1431 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201


Get Off the Bus
Catherine Harvey is a Caucasian business woman caught up in the politics of Pittsburgh gentrification. One day her car breaks down and she is forced to ride a bus through an impoverish, drug-invested neighborhood. On this bus, she has an intense conversation with two African-American passengers and the bus driver who justify a need to assist “people who make bad choices in their neighborhood”.   

As a result of her privileged behavior, Catherine is forced to Get Off The Bus in the “Hood”. Before she exits, she is told by the bus driver that she will be changed into an African-American woman for 24 hours.

During this time of her mystical transformation, Black Catherine experiences two Elder African-American women, Frankie Winbush and Martha Ruth Evans, Police Officer, Carl, Deputy Tanner and Lanise.

Get Off The Busis a work-in-progress dramatic comedy about human nature, race-relations, politics and our world of socio-economics. I welcome you to take this creative journey with me so you can see what happens when Catherine Harvey decides to Get Off The Bus. 

Featured Playwright
Kim El
Kim El is an award-winning Pittsburgh-born playwright, wordsmith, actor, and educator who has a passion for storytelling.  

Her education includes studying Communications at Duquesne University where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, The Dramatist Guild and the 2014 Flight Fellowship for Creative Development.  In 2013 The New Pittsburgh Courier added Kim to their 50 Women of Excellent roster. 

Her extensive theatre experience developed from venues such as New Horizon Theater, Kuntu Repertory Theatre, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, No Name Players, The Shadow Lounge, Bricolage Production Company and The August Wilson Center.   Kim El has written  twelve one-acts: Get Off the Bus,What Do You Ink?, King of Spades, You Must be Out of Your Mind, No Kiddin', Speakeasy, Retrospect, Just Fishin', The Sunday God Gave Me, DetentionWish, Habari Gani! Children Celebrating Kwanzaa,and When Souls Whisper

She is also the author of three full length plays: Ubuntu Holiday, The Poet's Corner (co-written with KL Brewer), Turnabout and Straightening Combs, her first solo stage performance.  

Kim is the award recipient for Best Play (2011), Best Director (2008) and Best Supporting Actress (2006) for her work done at the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Festival in Black and White. 

In addition to performing and writing, Kim shares her artistic skills educating and mentoring youth at the Jeron X. Grayson Community Center After School Program in Pittsburgh's Hill District.

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