A Stranger on the Bus by Ed Shockley

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About The Play

Drama.  About 120 minutes.  Flexible cast of 12-50.  Suitable for middle school and older performers, audiences of all ages.  

Commissioned and premiered by Children's Theatre of Charlotte.

Printed Script:  $7.95 (contains special author commentary)Digital Perusal Script: $7.50. Performance Royalties: $70.00/performance.  Production Photocopy License:  $50.00 (PDF file that may be printed/copied for your cast/crew; must be purchased in conjunction with Performance Royalties)Classroom Photocopy License:  $75.00 (PDF file that may be printed/copied for closed classroom study only).  Limited Video License:  $75.00 (permission to record your production with limited distribution; must be purchased in conjunction with Performance Royalties).  Professional rights should be negotiated directly with YouthPLAYS at info@youthplays.com.  Need detailed help?  Click on Place an Order and then look for the blue What Do I Order? button!


The audience experiences the landmark Swann v. Board of Education case that completed the integration of American schools through the dream of a young African-American girl injured in a public school riot.  With Jim Crow appearing in the guise of a giant trickster bird to battle the forces of progress, this award-winning epic begins at World War II and journeys to the moment when two innocent children can sit side by side en route to a new era in our nation's history.

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Did You Know?

 Kemuel DeMoville was arrested in the city of Petrópolis for accidentally trying to steal the Imperial Crown of Brazil.