Book by Richard Allen; Music and Lyrics by Richard Allen &Taran Gray


Would you get on the bus?

In 1961, 400 ordinary human beings put their lives on the line to bring attention to the injustice of segregation in an action that would show the world an image of the ‘burning bus America’, whose existence most Americans wanted to ignore. FREEDOM RIDERS: THE CIVIL RIGHTS MUSICAL tells the true story of activists who boldly challenged the legality and optics of the Jim Crow South by riding buses in mixed groups. It features Civil Rights icons Diane Nash, John Seigenthaler, John Lewis, and other fearless pioneers of the Civil Rights Movement. FREEDOM RIDERS is a soaring portrait of the youthful and impatient voices of the Movement who used nonviolent direct action to initiate change.

Taren Gray

Taren Gray (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Taran Gray is a Songwriter / Music Producer from San Diego. The son of two long-time Lambs Players Theater professionals, Taran is honored to give back a piece of what the theater community instilled in him. Co-writter of FREEDOM RIDERS: a new musical, the chance to create a show that is not only entertaining, but also socially necessary is a wonderful responsibility. May this musical reflect the One who first loved.

Richard Allen

Richard Allen (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Richard Allen is a film/tv writer/director and producer. He has worked in the film and television industry for over ten years. Mr. Allen recently worked with Disney/Maker Studios as a SPARK fellow creating two new pilot tv shows for the house of mouse. He is currently producing and directing two new feature films and a slate of new television shows. For more information visit

J. Scott Lapp

J. Scott Lapp (Director)

J. Scott Lapp (Director) recently directed the International Production of Murder for Two in Japan. Associate/Assistant Broadway: Bonnie & Clyde; Regional: Rain (Old Globe), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (La Jolla, Paper Mill), Into the Woods (Fiasco/Old Globe), Secondhand Lions (5th Ave); NYMF: Wearing Black. Current: Peter & The Starcatcher (Barn Stage) and Chess in Concert (Old Town Temecula). Artistic Director of The Barn Stage Company.