Double (XX) Fest 2.0 Profile: Just a Bus Driver

Just A Bus Driver by Susan Middaugh directed by Katie Haster

About the Play:

It is the evening before a city bus driver retires. Outside it is snowing. What interrupts this midwinter scene is a young passenger who is on his way to committing a murder. What’s the driver to do?

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Photos by Armen Stein

Perspective From the Playwright: Susan Middaugh

I want to thank Katie Haster, the director of Just a Bus Driver, for all of her efforts to find the appropriate actors for the cast of this short play. Two of the characters are African American men, apparently these actors are in short supply in Seattle. At one point I was asked if I’d agree to make substitutions, including having a woman bus driver. I demurred and I especially appreciate Katie and Carolynne’s respecting my wishes. Putting this cast together would not have been an issue in Baltimore where I live and work. Although I don’t know him personally, I asked Duane Kelly, the Dramatist Guild rep in Seattle, if he knew of any actors that might qualify. He graciously went out of his way to make suggestions. Ultimately, though, it was due to Katie’s persistence that the right complement of actors have come together. Thanks so much, Katie. Have a good show.

About the Playwright:

Dramatists’ Guild member Susan Middaugh has been writing plays since 1990.  Many of her short plays have had productions by community theaters in the United States, Canada and England.  The One Act Play Depot has published Such Good Neighbors and Lazy Bee Scripts Table for Two.  Susan lives in Baltimore.

About the Director:

Katie Haster has worked extensively with Village Theatre, The Inverse Opera, and Interplayers Theatre in Spokane. Katie holds a degree in Theatre Arts from Gonzaga University. Previous directing credits include 12 Angry Jurors by Reginald Rose, Opus by Michael Hollinger (Asst. Dir), Train Story by Adam Rapp, and Raunchy Dame in the Chinese Raincoat by John Ford Noonan.

Don’t Miss Just a Bus Driver! Playing May 3- May 6

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