Past Production
Bus Stop

Bus Stop. by William Inge. Director Max Heldring Stormes. Choreographer Victoria Miller and Victoria Miller. Producer Lori A. Marple-Pereslete and Patricia Butler. July 15 – August 20, 2011
Bus Stop by William Inge is a drama with romantic and comedic elements, set in a diner about 30 miles west of Kansas City in early March 1955. A freak snowstorm has halted the progress of the bus, and the eight characters (five from the bus) have a weather-enforced layover in the diner from approximately 1 to 5 a.m. Romantic or quasi-romantic relationships ensue as they wait out the storm, most notably between cowboy Bo and hillbilly chanteuse Cherie. The original Broadway production was nominated for four Tony Awards in 1956 including Best Play.
Character

CAST

Played by
Elma Duckworth ············ Janet Lee Rodriguez
Grace Hoylard ············ Valerie Ruel
Will Masters ············ John Russell
Cherie ············ Jessee Foudray
Dr. Gerald Lyman ············ David Kunzle
Carl ············ Neil Engelman
Virgil Blessing ············ Andy Grosso
Bo Decker ············ Sam Hambrecht

CAST PICTURES

The BUS STOP cast includes (seated) Sam Hambrecht, Jessee Foudray
(standing, left to right) John Russell, Andy Grosso, Neil Engelman, Valerie Ruel, Janet Lee Rodriguez, David Kunzle.
Bo thinks the way to get Cherie is to handle her like his cattle.
“I don't wanna go to some Godforsaken ranch in Montana!!!” is her response.
Bo tries to persuade Cherie that he is the right guy for her.
Elma and Grace share a quiet moment in the diner before the bus arrives.
Cherie rushes in from the bus and asks Grace to save her from “the cowboy who abducted me.”
Grace and Carl get to know each other better over a cup of coffee.
Professor Gerald Lyman is not quite sure what Grace has served him, even though she insists it is fresh coffee.
Elma has never met anyone like the Professor, and he fully enjoys her attention.
Virgil serenades Cherie, but is aware that Bo's jealousy is getting the best of him.
After trying to land a punch, Bo is shown the door by the local Sheriff.
Professor Lyman is confused and wonders, “Are we in Kansas or Missouri?”
The reason for Professor Lyman's confusion becomes more apparent as the night wears on.
Bus Stop cast and crew. Click on this picture to see full-sized image. After clicking,
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Photos by Shari Barrett

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