We Are Traffic: A Rideshare Adventure

Theatre (storytelling, political)

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When writer/performer Jonathan Tipton Meyers lost his girlfriend, his business and his identity, he got in his car and drove. With the audience in the backseat, this bravura monologue chronicles Jonathan's two-year journey through the gig economy with Uber and Lyft. In a timely story simultaneously personal and universal, melancholy and hilarious, he explores, through vignettes based on actual passengers, how the vehicles of segregation might just be our best hope for integration. 'Bold and brave, Jonathan is a brilliant storyteller. This show's exceptional. Don't miss' (Better-Lemons.com). 'Sweet, funny, poignant and inspiring!' (Hollywoodfringe.org).

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Gemma Bulos 11 days ago

Jonathan had me riveted from moment one. This whole ‘share’ culture has become a global phenomenon that has led to some redefinitions of ‘share’ that Jonathan has explored and in some ways exposed. There are those who view it as a shared experience where people live in a moment with a person you’ll likely never see again, and capitalize on the connection. And there are others who just see it as an alternative to a service that needed re-visioning. He takes on a literal ride through episodes that are humorous, moving and even shocking, and does it with such care and masterful storytelling, that exposes the opportunities and downfalls of the ride share culture. This was an incredible commentary on the human condition and invites us to explore the work we all need to do to appreciate those who are in the service industry and their role in creating experiences that can provide connection, learning and, if you’re lucky, transformation.

claire partin 11 days ago

Jonathan Tipton Meyers more than delivers on the promise in the title as we are taken on a funny, entertaining, and ultimately poignant rideshare adventure with him. He fills us in on the ups and downs of his life in little pieces, much like a rideshare driver, as he navigates between rides woven with memories of a breakup and frustrations at enforced economic real estate policies. Through expert writing and performance we learn about this regular guy who just wants to connect and write stories about how we need each other to survive. The direction by Harry Kakatsakis is spot on using only a chair, well chosen sound effects and some video. Spoiler alert; shit gets real when we witness a video of a drunken passenger showing the humiliating and dangerous struggle this profession can be like for drivers now. What was once a joyous honeymoon of sharing rides and making money has devolved into our unfeeling capitalist economic climate at its worst. Luckily in the end we experience the epiphany Jonathan feels at finding a little faith in the human race and the inspiration to continue to pursue a sidetracked dream. The show takes on extra poignancy as we as a society emerge (or are still in) a global pandemic, where connection is more precious and time has a different weight than it did before. Having been a rideshare driver for half a minute I can relate to some of the stories, but even if you have never used rideshare you can identify with this very human and ultimately satisfying tale of a recently made single guy just trying to have a little faith.

Patrick Koeller 16 days ago

Great storytelling, acting and social messaging—all rolled into one.
The writer/storyteller/actor, that's Jonathan Tipton Meyers, really knows the buttons to push to get us all on-board... and along for the ride. Most en-joy-a-ble.


"We Are Traffic" -- A constantly surprising ride -- fascinating performer and campfire-level directing -- entertaining, thought-provoking, and kind of lovely.

Chris Wight 18 days ago

A deeply personal and wide ranging tale that gives insight into what it’s like to a be the person behind the app who is tasked with delivering you to your destination. Jonathan Tipton Meyers invites us in to see how the course of his life led him to be a driver, the joys and frustrations of the new technology that brought forth these services and how his interactions that resulted further shaped his life. Director Harry Kakatsakis shows a deft hand weaving together the disparate threads of the stories with a cruising pace and clear staging.

Brian Morgan 18 days ago

"We Are Traffic" was so delightful! I found so much to relate to as a former rideshare driver who's also lost & regained faith, struggled through romantic relationships, and had his ups and downs in the entertainment industry. I loved the deep dives into the forces behind the gig economy, the politics of the housing industry, and the focus on what humans we have in common. So much compassion for others & self went into this production, and it shows.

Ian T. 18 days ago

This was so nuch fun to watch and listen too. I really enjoyed taking the journey in his Uber. I felt like I was his passenger in his life journey and experiences. Well told and well directed. Well worth the watch.

Joanna Parson 18 days ago

"We Are Traffic" is a beautiful show that gives me faith once more in the power of the solo performance and storytelling-- even online. Jonathan gives you what you think you'll get-- stories from the experience of an Uber driver, a window into a world we've all had experience with but mostly know from one side. But the story also connects with the history and personality of LA, the politics of the sharing economy, and the expectations of human connection (and lack thereof). The hour speeds by; the direction is restrained and stellar, and at the end of the show you will fully agree with Jonathan-- he does have an enormous heart, and we're lucky we caught the ride.

David Schlow 19 days ago

Wow. Blown away by this performance. Jonathan opens the door to his life, and puts you in the backseat for a genuinely open and heartfelt journey. He emotes with such enthusiasm you can't help but feel like you're riding on the streets of LA with him!

Jules Bruff 20 days ago

I wish I hadn't waited so long to see We Are Traffic. Jonathan taps into the universal modern dilemmas of inequality, sped-up day-to-day living, too many humans on the planet.... and so on. He also brings to light the personal pain of letting love go and weaves it beautifully into the difficult canvas that makes up life today. He does remind us that there is light amidst darkness and heartache. The feeling of hope I was left with as an audience member is exactly what we humans crave and what helps us keep going.
Thank you, Jonathan!

Jane Gabbert 21 days ago

What a wonderfully entertaining and heartbreaking plea for compassion for a world that seems to most of us, to be spinning out of control. Jonathan Tipton-Meyers has written a one-act jewel of a piece that embodies not just his own angst in this world but a universal need amongst us all for love, compassion and understanding. Masterfully conceived, written and performed by a stellar writer/actor, Tipton-Meyers. Harry Kakatsakis, the show's director, has offered so many clever ways to move the piece, enhance and embrace without a heavy hand. Bravo to them both. This show needs a tour! Thank you EdFringe!

Ethan Woods 23 days ago

When the show ended, I asked myself - what just happened, where am I and how did I get here? Like a slap in the face I woke up and realized for an hour Jonathan Meyers transported me into the abyss of LA’s rideshare experience! It was a spectacular performance that pulled me into his universe and the backseat of his car and I am so thankful I was wearing my seatbelt!

Bravo Jonathan!

Cara Lopez Lee 25 days ago

What a rollicking ride! An engaging, hilarious, heartbreaking-heart-rebuilding Tour de Force by Jonathan Tipton Meyers. His story is so L.A. yet also so universally human. A thoughtful commentary on the disconnection of modern life, coupled with a recognition of all the possibilities for connection in a city if only we reach out. This is a show with so much heart. I gained yet more compassion for rideshare drivers, and for all of us who spend time in traffic.

Jonathon Rios 25 days ago

I’ve seen Jonathan perform in Los Angeles, his storytelling has you energized one minute, connected to his journey the next and then laughing loudly out of nowhere. Storytelling with singing, dancing, vulnerability and laughter. My wife and I saw this online Edfringe.com for our anniversary date at home, great date night!

David 32 days ago

We Are Traffic is a must-see. Jonathan is a master story teller and the messages he tells through his hilarious adventures are filled with the life-affirming truths we all need now ... and more than ever. You'll never look at love, loss, hope, redemption and Whole Foods bathrooms in the same way again.

Arthur Morey 33 days ago

He’s forceful, funny, wise, and has great timing. I could watch Jonathan Meyers talk about anything. And in WE ARE TRAFFIC he talks about almost everything. His particular focus in this event is the real Los Angeles (not like the movies) with its free-floating desperation, lack of amenities, its magic seekers looking to connect somewhere and trying to get to that somewhere by Uber. Jon has been an Uber driver. And he has more sets of eyes than anybody; he looks at every situation and reaction from every angle. He’s fearless, too, in talking about himself. You’ll never visit L.A. again, or call a ride share service anywhere without remembering Jonathan Meyers’s WE ARE TRAFFIC.

Mara 42 days ago

This show was beautiful! I'd been hearing about it for a while and I'm so happy to finally be able to see it. A portrait of humanity in a crazy time, and super relatable to all. Very Los Angeles-centric, but you certainly don't have to know Los Angeles to enjoy it. Jonathan is a very talented writer and storyteller, and I will be remembering this show whenever I call an Uber!

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(5/5 stars) 25 days ago

In his show, We are Traffic, Jonathan Tipton Meyers proves a particularly dexterous story-teller, painting vivid pictures with unexpected analogies and hilarious gestures that really occupy the empty stage, putting us right inside the experience.

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