Actor and Bus Driver Invoice Vila Turns Life Into Artwork In “From The place I Sit”

NEW YORK – Actor and bus driver Invoice “Triple-5” Vila is getting behind the wheel- literally- of his most bold profession venture thus far.

Vila has accomplished work on his first play, From The place I Sit, which he and his group are at the moment growing in direction of a completely mounted New York manufacturing.

Born in Brooklyn to a Puerto Rican household happy with their Caribbean heritage, Vila is often known as Triple-5, a reputation he adopted years in the past after he was assigned the code identify “555” by a driving firm to which he was employed as an govt automobile driver. He describes From The place I Sit as a one act drama with music which he additionally composed  (he sings and performs piano as properly), and says it’s going to convey one facet of his life full circle.

Bill Vila Turns Life Into Art In “From Where I Sit”
Invoice Vila- Photograph credit score John Quilty

From The place I Sit is principally a chronicle of my very own life experiences as a protracted distance coach operator,” he says. “Throughout a few years and much more miles, I’ve seen, heard and been part of some fairly outstanding experiences on my buses. Some would make you giggle, some would make you cry and others – actually, actually mad. However a protracted bus experience is among the biggest metaphors for actual life that there’s. So whereas the story is semi autobiographical and serves as an introduction to my very own life and background, it’s additionally a slice of humanity from a bus driver’s perspective, actually from behind the wheel-from the place I sit.”

Vila plans to play the main position of himself within the piece, accompanied by an ensemble of actors who will morph into completely different characters for the anecdotal  tales weaving the play collectively. He was impressed to create the work to supply a performing alternative for himself in addition to to function a catharsis for a few of the lower than nice conditions he was encountering whereas on the job.

“I began engaged on the play again in 2007 after talking with my voice technician Susan Baum,” he recollects. “Whereas learning along with her, I might share the small print of my bus excursions and he or she seen the fervour I had in sharing the tales. She requested if I’ve been journaling any of those tales, and once I mentioned no, she steered I begin. And the remainder is historical past.”

Storytelling, as an actor and now as a playwright, has been a ardour of Vila since childhood.


A fantastic admirer of fellow Puerto Rican thespians Raúl Juliá and Rita Moreno, he attended the Simon Baruch Junior Excessive College in Manhattan the place he encountered his music mentor Dr. Robert Barry Sharon, the college’s music instructor. Sharon forged him as Pepe in a college manufacturing of West Aspect Story after which steered that Vila attend the Excessive College of Music and Artwork-now the Fiorello H. La Guardia Excessive College of Performing Arts- from which he graduated in 1982. He has subsequently appeared in tv productions comparable to Louie, Bull and Folks You Know.

In the meantime one other skilled door would open for him because of his uncle, a former New York Metropolis Transit Authority bus driver. Based on Vila, “My Uncle Mario was simply the good dude and I needed to be similar to him, so I used to be decided to be a bus driver from age 3.” He acquired his Business Driver’s License (CDL) in June of 1997 and began driving that October.

Now, with From The place I Sit, his life and his artwork as bus driver and storyteller will come collectively for the primary time, a prospect he finds thrilling.

“I used to be requested the opposite day what it’s that, as a playwright, I’d like an viewers who finally see my play to remove from the expertise. And as I heard myself responding, it occurred to me that the phrases I used to be saying apply equally to each my appearing and bus driving careers.  I mentioned that I’d like audiences to realize a perspective on how we do that work, the fervour it takes to do it, the madness one should possess to execute it and the drive it takes to overlook it’s not a job, however a calling. All of that applies to being earlier than an viewers and being behind the wheel.”

Staged Readings

Vila and his director Patrick Marran hope to carry a collection of staged readings of From The place I Sit in 2024, and use the suggestions to form the work additional as they put together it for a full manufacturing.

“ It’s been years within the making, and there’s nothing else on the market fairly prefer it proper now, so we’re actually wanting ahead to our subsequent ‘stops.’ It’s been an thrilling journey to this point and we are able to’t wait to see what lies forward.”