WHERE DID WE SIT ON THE BUS?
Written and Performed by Brian Quijada
Directed by Chay Yew
Where Did We Sit on the Bus? is an electric one-man show pulsing with Latin rhythms, rap, hip-hop, spoken word, and live looping. During a third grade lesson on the Civil Rights movement and Rosa Parks, a Latino boy raises his hand to ask, “Where did we sit on the bus?” and his teacher can’t answer the question. This thrilling autobiographical production from Jeff Award-winner Brian Quijada examines what it means to be Latino through the eyes of a child, turned teenager, turned adult.
Where Did We Sit on the Bus: The Mixtape is available on Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal.
Victory Gardens Theater will provide one free ticket to a Chicago Public School student for every ticket purchased to the Up Close and Personal Series.
BRIAN QUIJADA is a Chicago-born, New York-based actor/playwright/musician. As an actor, Brian was most recently seen performing as D Vicious in the World Premiere of Airness at Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival of New American Plays. Regional Theatre: Where Did We Sit on the Bus? at Boise Contemporary Theatre; How We Got On by Idris Goodwin at Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival and B Street Theatre; Beat Generation by Jack Kerouac at Merrimack Repertory Theatre; No More Sad Things by Hansol Jung at Boise Contemporary Theatre; and 3 seasons at Eugene O’Neill Center’s National Playwrights Conference. Off-Broadway: My Mañana Comes by Elizabeth Irwin at Playwrights Realm and Where Did We Sit on the Bus? at Ensemble Studio Theatre. TV: Blue Bloods and Manhattan Love Story.
Brian is a proud ensemble member of Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York and is a recipient of two Jeff Awards in Solo Performance and Sound Design for the World Premiere of Where Did We Sit on the Bus? with Teatro Vista, Theatre with a View.
As a musician, Brian unites with Idris Goodwin to become the musical phenomenon The Fantastic Boom.
Chay Yew joined Victory Gardens Theater in July 2011 as its first new artistic director in 34 years. He is a recipient of the Obie and DramaLogue Awards for Direction.
His productions have been cited by the Los Angeles Times and New York Times as one of the “Ten Best Productions of the Year;” Seattle Times and Strangers’ Best Achievement in Theatre; and was named Best Director by Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He has directed world premieres by playwrights Jose Rivera, Naomi Iizuka, Kia Corthron, Julia Cho, David Adjmi and Jessica Goldberg, and performance artists Rha Goddess, Universes, Alec Mapa, Sandra Tsing Loh and Brian Freeman.
He is the recipient of the London Fringe Award for Best Playwright and Best Play, George and Elisabeth Marton Playwriting Award, GLAAD Media Award, Asian Pacific Gays and Friends’ Community Visibility Award, Made in America Award, AEA/SAG/AFTRA 2004 Diversity Honor, and Robert Chesley Award; he has received grants from the McKnight Foundation, Rockefeller MAP Fund and the TCG/Pew National Residency Program.
Chay is also an accomplished and widely respected playwright, and his plays are published in two titles, The Hyphenated American Plays and Porcelain and A Language of Their Own, by Grove Press; the latter was nominated for a Lamda Literary Award. He is presently editing a new anthology Version 3.0: Contemporary Asian American Plays for TCG Publications. An alumnus of New Dramatists, he has held residencies at Mu Lan Theatre Company, Northwest Asian American Theatre Company and East West Players.
He serves on the National Advisory Board at the Playwrights Center and the Artistic Advisory Board of Partial Comfort Theatre. He is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect and Vineyard Theatre Community of Artists. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Theatre Communications Group and is presently on the Executive Board of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Upcoming productions include the world premiere of Dael Orlandersmith’s Black and Blue Boys at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the Goodman Theatre (spring 2012).
“An explosion of energy, comic verve, playful sexiness, raw emotion and irresistible storytelling.”
-Chicago Sun Times
A Trio of Solo Shows Headed to Victory Gardens
Chicago Sun-Times, April 18, 2017
Where Did We Sit On the Bus? nominated for 2017 Drama Desk Award
Thursday, May 11 at 7:30pm (Open Captioning, Audio Description)
Saturday, June 3 at 3:00pm (Open Captioning)