RETURNS Oct. 28th
GET OFF THE BUS
Written By: Kim El
Saturday, October 28th @ 3pm
Richland Library Main
2nd Floor Theatre
1431 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201
ADMISSION IS FREE!!
FEATURED PLAY SYNOPSIS:
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
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.
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.
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.