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Our 1957-1958 Season: Mainstage

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Bus Stop

Written by William Inge

In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and four or five weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning. Cherie, a nightclub chanteuse in a sparkling gown and a seedy fur-trimmed jacket, is the passenger with most to worry about. She's been pursued, made love to and finally kidnapped by a twenty-one-year-old cowboy with a ranch of his own and the romantic methods of an unusually headstrong bull. The belligerent cowhand is right behind her, ready to sling her over his shoulder and carry her, alive and kicking, all the way to Montana. Even as she's ducking out from under his clumsy but confident embraces, and screeching at him fiercely to shut him up, she pauses to furrow her forehead and muse, "Somehow deep inside of me I got a funny feeling I'm gonna end up in Montana …" As a counterpoint to the main romance, the proprietor of the cafe and the bus driver at last find time to develop a friendship of their own; a middle-age scholar comes to terms with himself; and a young girl who works in the cafe also gets her first taste of romance.

Opening Night: Friday, May 23, 1958 - Closing Night: Saturday, May 31, 1958


Bo DeckerBill Edwards
CarlLarry Harden
Dr. Gerald LymanBob Perlett
CherieHilde Schulze
Grace HoylandPat Shea
Will MastersClark Walter
Virgil BlessingRussell Younce
Elma DuckworthPamela Younce

Production Staff

ProducerFrank Gaffney
Larry Harden
Stage ManagerJean Younce
Assistant Stage ManagerAgnes Wohlquist
Set DesignPat Harden
Sarah Reed
Ellen Walter
Set Construction-CrewBud Clifford
Frank Gaffney
Larry Harden
George Maclean
Ed Paxson
Stage CrewHelen Corwin
Roberta Crane
Ruth Sipp
G.B. Wert
Lighting DesignBob DiDiego
Tony Palladino
Sound DesignDick Selcoe
PropsBarbara Brennan
Dot Collins
Kay Doddington
Mike Moore
CostumesBlanche Volpe
Make-UpAnn Hutchinson
Marcia Waxler
PrompterTeri Selcoe
TicketsBarbara Duker