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October 23 - November 26, 2021 , Allen Theatre

Where Did We Sit on the Bus?

by Brian Quijada

Run time: 90 minutes, no intermisson

During a third grade lesson on the Civil Rights movement and Rosa Parks, a Latina child raises her hand to ask, “Where did we sit on the bus?” Her teacher can’t answer the question. This autobiographical solo show follows that kid from her childhood to adulthood, as she explores her family’s history, her identity as a first-generation American, and what the world will be like for her future children. Featuring live music that brings together Latin beats, hip-hop, and looping, Where Did We Sit on the Bus? is a high-energy, tour-de-force theatrical experience that examines what it means to be Latinx in America.

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Satya Chávez as Bee Quijada in "WHERE DID WE SIT ON THE BUS?". Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

Satya Chávez as Bee Quijada in "WHERE DID WE SIT ON THE BUS?". Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

Satya Chávez as Bee Quijada in "WHERE DID WE SIT ON THE BUS?". Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

Satya Chávez as Bee Quijada in "WHERE DID WE SIT ON THE BUS?". Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

Satya Chávez as Bee Quijada in "WHERE DID WE SIT ON THE BUS?". Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

Satya Chávez as Bee Quijada in "WHERE DID WE SIT ON THE BUS?". Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

Satya Chávez as Bee Quijada in "WHERE DID WE SIT ON THE BUS?". Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

Satya Chávez as Bee Quijada in "WHERE DID WE SIT ON THE BUS?". Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

Satya Chávez as Bee Quijada in "WHERE DID WE SIT ON THE BUS?". Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

Satya Chávez as Bee Quijada in "WHERE DID WE SIT ON THE BUS?". Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.

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Did you see people who look like or have a similar background to you and your family represented in lessons at school? In pop culture? When did you first see that representation?

Is there a legend that has been passed down in your family? What is it? How has it shaped your understanding of yourself? Have you ever questioned any part of it?

When did you discover your voice? How do you share it with others?

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To read more about the play’s origins – as well as an interview with Brian Quijada and his parents – check out this great article!

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Before or after seeing Where Did We Sit on the Bus?, why not treat yourself to some authentic Mexican, Puerto Rican, or Latin American cuisine? We invite you to VISIT these terrific eateries, some of which are located in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood (*).

There, Cleveland Play House is excited to be developing some fruitful partnerships through the work of our Creative Community Builder, Andrew Aaron Valdez. His focus is on meeting with individuals and groups in the community to discover what is most important to them and then develop action plans for enacting social justice through theatre programming, arts education, and more.

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Inside CPH would love to hear from you: Who or what helped you discover your voice? And how did you learn to “speak?” Through music? Art? Sports? Activism? Feel free to post your answer – and a childhood photo, if you’ve got it – on your social media and tag #InsideCPH, or send us your picture and answer to insidecph@clevelandplayhouse.com, and we’ll share it for you!

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Here’s what Kiara Vance, CPH’s Access and Inclusion Manager, had to say: “Junie B. Jones, Hermione Granger, and Miss Honey helped me discover my voice during this period of my life (6-7 years old). I would get lost in books and movies and found quite a bit of comfort in their stories. Junie was loud, goofy, and carried herself as though she was three feet taller and twenty years older. Hermione was confident, intelligent and unapologetically herself. Miss Honey advocated for those who could not advocate for themselves despite not having anyone to advocate for her, especially around the dynamics of family which are often overly complicated. Their characters still inspire me today but in different ways, and I wish I could thank them in real life for sharing their stories with me during a time when I needed them most.”

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Inside CPH invites you to learn more about spoken word, beat poetry, and rap culture – right here in Cleveland!

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The People Poetry Slam is the official open mic for creative expression in Northeast Ohio, organized through Poetry Slam Incorporated. Competitive poetry competitions and open mic sessions take place on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at B-Side Lounge in Cleveland Heights (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd).

You can check things out this month on October 27. Doors open at 6PM, with the slam happening from 6:30-9:00 PM. Tickets are $5 at the door, or $2 for anyone under 21. If you’re interested in sharing a song, dance, poem, rap, or stand-up routine, be sure to arrive early to get on the list! Performances are limited to one piece or 5 minutes. And if you’re lucky, you might even get a chance to hear CPH’s Creative Community Builder, Andrew Aaron Valdez, share his own work!

Artists

Satya Chávez

Satya Chávez

(Bee Quijada) is a Chicago based actor, composer, and musician, thrilled to make their Cleveland Playhouse debut. As an Actor, their credits include: Where Did We Sit On The Bus? (Colorado Springs FAC, Actors Theatre of Louisville); American Mariachi (Dallas Theater Center, South Coast Repertory, Arizona Theatre Company); Empanada more(Bee Quijada) is a Chicago based actor, composer, and musician, thrilled to make their Cleveland Playhouse debut. As an Actor, their credits include: Where Did We Sit On The Bus? (Colorado Springs FAC, Actors Theatre of Louisville); American Mariachi (Dallas Theater Center, South Coast Repertory, Arizona Theatre Company); Empanada (The Public SA); Undesirables (Eugene O’Neill Theater Center); The Happiest Song Plays Last (Curious Theatre); Othello, Twelfth Night (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); Ghost Of Lote Bravo, Shoe (John F. Kennedy Center); Black Elk Speaks (Aurora Fox); and Jesus Christ Superstar (Arvada Center). As a Composer, their work includes; an original score for the Drama League Nominated Where Did We Sit on the Bus?, by Brian Quijada (Actors Theatre); Refuge, co-created with Andrew Rosendorf, (NNPN Rolling-World-Premiere Spring 2022); Hamlet and Ophelia (The Artistic Home); Life on Paper (Jackalope Theatre Company. Proudly represented by Paonessa Talent Agency, stay connected at www.satyachavez.com

Matt Dickson

Matt Dickson

(Director) is a director based in Brooklyn with a focus on new work, classics and musicals— as well as a teacher, a coach, and an actor. He spent the last year pioneering the medium of digital theatre-making. Recent credits: Everything is Wonderful by Chelsea Marcantel (Juilliard); Where Did We Sit more(Director) is a director based in Brooklyn with a focus on new work, classics and musicals— as well as a teacher, a coach, and an actor. He spent the last year pioneering the medium of digital theatre-making. Recent credits: Everything is Wonderful by Chelsea Marcantel (Juilliard); Where Did We Sit on the Bus? (a digital creation w/Actors Theatre of Louisville; nominated for Drama League Award), Mike Pence Sex Dream by Dan Giles (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Regrettably, The Ghost That Was Previously Haunting Our Mansion Has Died created with Nadja Leonard-Hooper (NYU Stella Adler); We The People: America Rocks! (Theatreworks, US Tour); Selkie by Krista Knight (Dutch Kills); Lorraine Hansberry’s The Sign In Sidney Brustein's Window (NYU Grad); Machinal (Strasberg Institute); Disco Pigs by Enda Walsh (Drama League DirectorFest); Blood Wedding And The Cider House Rules (Rutgers Mason Gross); The Adventures Of Minami by Leah Nanako Winkler (Dramatists Guild); Kid Prince & Pablo by Brian Quijada (Ars Nova); Bizet’s Carmen (New York Opera Exchange); Sir by Jahna Ferron-Smith (Winner, Samuel French Festival); Oscar Hammerstein Festival w/ Adam Gwon (Bucks County Playhouse); Lanford Wilson's Home Free! and Michael John Garcés Audiovideo (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Upcoming: Macbeth (NYU). As an actor he has appeared on Broadway in War Horse and The Coast Of Utopia (Lincoln Center Theater); and most recently OffBroadway in Nicky Silver's Too Much Sun (Vineyard Theatre). He is a 2021-2022 recipient of the Drama League Next Stage Residency, a 2017 Drama League Fellow, a Jonathan Alper Directing Fellow (Manhattan Theatre Club) and member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. He is currently an adjunct professor at NYU teaching, “Theatre-making in the Digital Age". B.F.A. from Boston University. mattjdickson.com

Brian Quijada

Brian Quijada

(Playwright and Music Supervisor) is actor, playwright, composer, and Artistic Director of The Wild Wind Performance Lab for New Play Development. Quijada has spent most of his career acting in Off-Broadway and Regional Theaters including The Public Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company, Playwright’s Realm, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Victory Gardens, and Actors more(Playwright and Music Supervisor) is actor, playwright, composer, and Artistic Director of The Wild Wind Performance Lab for New Play Development. Quijada has spent most of his career acting in Off-Broadway and Regional Theaters including The Public Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company, Playwright’s Realm, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Victory Gardens, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. As a playwright/composer, Brian’s plays and musicals have been developed at Pittsburgh CLO’s Spark Festival, Victory Garden’s Ignition Festival, Ars Nova’s Ant Fest, New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Festival, The Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage, and The O’Neill’s National Musical Theatre Conference. He has composed music for theatre and TV including Nick Jr's "The Always Song" celebrating 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month. Commissioning institutions include Woolly Mammoth, Oregon Shakespeare, 1st Stage, A.R.T., and The Kennedy Center. His Hip Hop Live-Looped solo show "Where Did We Sit on the Bus?" has been produced at Victory Gardens, Teatro Vista (Jeff Award), Ensemble Studio Theatre (Drama Desk Nomination), Geva Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville (Drama League Nomination), Boise Contemporary, 1st Stage, and City Theatre Pittsburgh. Brian is a proud member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre in NYC.

Lex Liang

(Scenic and Costume Designer) is thrilled to be back at CPH having previously designed Shakespeare in Love (Scenic & Costume Design), The Crucible (Costume Design), The Little Foxes (Scenic & Costume Design), and several others. Other Regional: Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Alliance Theatre, The Asolo, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, more(Scenic and Costume Designer) is thrilled to be back at CPH having previously designed Shakespeare in Love (Scenic & Costume Design), The Crucible (Costume Design), The Little Foxes (Scenic & Costume Design), and several others. Other Regional: Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Alliance Theatre, The Asolo, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Dallas Theatre Center, Denver Center, Geva Theatre, The Guthrie, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Syracuse Stage, Woolly Mammoth, and others. NYC/Off-Broadway: 50+ productions—recent work includes Antigone, Nine Circles, and The Bacchae. He is the founder and owner of LDC Design Associates, an experiential event design and production company in NYC. Recent projects include Ubuntu Pathways: Fight For Good, Operation Smile’s 35th Anniversary Gala, The Tony Awards Gala, and BCBG’s 30 Year Retrospective, NYFW 2019. Member, United Scenic Artists-829. www.LexLiang.com

Michael Boll

(Lighting Designer) Cleveland Play House productions include: Into the Breeches!; Native Gardens; An Iliad; The Invisible Hand; These Mortal Hosts; The Good Peaches; A Christmas Story; The Little Foxes; Venus in Fur; Every Good Boy Deserves Favor; In the Next Room, or the vibrator play; and Stew and the Negro more(Lighting Designer) Cleveland Play House productions include: Into the Breeches!; Native Gardens; An Iliad; The Invisible Hand; These Mortal Hosts; The Good Peaches; A Christmas Story; The Little Foxes; Venus in Fur; Every Good Boy Deserves Favor; In the Next Room, or the vibrator play; and Stew and the Negro Problem. CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program credits include: Macbeth, Metamorphoses, Identity Theft, The Winter's Tale, In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, An Orchard, Cloud 9, and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. Cleveland lighting design work includes Cleveland Public Theatre, Cain Park, Cleveland Museum of Art, Karamu House, Dobama Theatre, and Beck Center for the Arts. Off-Broadway credits include The Moliere Cycle (Classic Stage Company), Songs for a New World (George Street Playhouse), Dog Sees God (SoHo Playhouse), and The Moonlight Room (Associate Lighting Designer, Beckett Theatre). His work has also been seen at the N.Y. Fringe Festival, La MaMa E.T.C., HERE Arts Center, and Yale Cabaret.

Curtis Craig

(Sound Designer) Recent work: Indecent at the Denver Center, world premiere of Dominique Morisseau’s Mud Row at People’s Light & Theatre Company, world premiere of The Great Leap, Denver Center Theatre Company, The Bacchae with Classical Theatre of Harlem, and How to Catch Creation at Baltimore Center Stage and the more(Sound Designer) Recent work: Indecent at the Denver Center, world premiere of Dominique Morisseau’s Mud Row at People’s Light & Theatre Company, world premiere of The Great Leap, Denver Center Theatre Company, The Bacchae with Classical Theatre of Harlem, and How to Catch Creation at Baltimore Center Stage and the Philadelphia Theatre Company. Actors Theatre of Louisville, Detroit Public Theater, Clarence Brown Theatre, Seattle Rep, Chautauqua Theater Company, the World Famous Apollo Theater, New York Fringe, and the Dallas Theater Center. In 2017, his sound design and composition from the Denver Center production of All The Way was awarded the Silver Medal in Sound Design at the World Stage Design exposition in Taipei, Taiwan. He previously won the Gold Medal in Sound Design for Pentecost in 2009 in Seoul, South Korea. His work can be heard at curtiscraig.com.

John Godbout

(Stage Manager) was Cleveland Play House's resident stage manager from 2001 to 2008 and returned to CPH in the fall of 2011. John has also stage managed at North Shore Music Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, The Weston Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Northern Stage, Seaside Music Theatre, and more(Stage Manager) was Cleveland Play House's resident stage manager from 2001 to 2008 and returned to CPH in the fall of 2011. John has also stage managed at North Shore Music Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, The Weston Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Northern Stage, Seaside Music Theatre, and Porthouse Theatre.

Kyra Button

(Stage Manager) has worked at Cleveland Play House previously on Middletown, A Christmas Story, Pipeline, Into the Breeches!, An Iliad, Tiny Houses, The Seagull, Shakespeare in Love, Macbeth, The Invisible Hand, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, just to name a few. Her previous credits also include Baby more(Stage Manager) has worked at Cleveland Play House previously on Middletown, A Christmas Story, Pipeline, Into the Breeches!, An Iliad, Tiny Houses, The Seagull, Shakespeare in Love, Macbeth, The Invisible Hand, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, just to name a few. Her previous credits also include Baby Camp (Leviathan Labs), The Heart’s Impatience (Shufflefoot Theatre Company), Resistance (Semicolon Theatre), A Streetcar Named Desire (St. Ann’s Warehouse), Medea and Dreamgirls (Red House Arts Center), This Day Forward (The Vineyard Theatre), and The Intergenerational Project (Rose Bruford, London). She is overjoyed to be continuing her work with CPH and is proud to hold a BFA in Stage Management from Syracuse University’s Department of Drama.

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