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Bus Stop

by William Inge

Directed by Marianne Ries

March 12, 13, 14, 1970

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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.

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service.

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Elma DuckworthBecky Frederking
Grace HoylardDorothy Dobbs
Will MastersWarren Andreas
CheriPat Johnson
Dr. Gerald LymanKebt Collinson
CarlJim Butler
Virgil BlessingNed Graham
Bo DeckerTom Herlocker
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DirectorMarianne Ries
Assistant to DirectorPhyllis Parmenter
Stage ManagerBruce Rogers
Set DesignYvonne Eckert, Warren Brown
SceneryMoris Birch, Suzanne Birch, Troy Boucher, Gene Branscum, Helen Branscum, Tom Bossi, Bill Dexter, Yvonne Eckert, David Fell, Cheryl Fruits, Jayne Fruits, Gil Gentry, Judy Gentry, Carol Havely, John Havely, Roy Kempf, Errol Lambert, Walter Nichols, Tom Ries, Don Wilson
CostumesKathryn Workman*, Norma Bossi, Doly Cook, Fran Kempf, Pat Steadman
PropertiesBetty Wilson*, Norma Bossi, Claire Graham, Sheila Ferris, Cheryl Fruits, Eleanor Richardson
Lighting and SoundBill Wilber, Lynn Wilber
Make-upJane Lamb, Jane Cherveny
Publicity & PromotionsSue Welch*, Betty Wilson
ProgramsCheryl Fruits
Cover DesignCheryl Fruits, Don Wilson
PhotographsStan Reimer
Display SignsJim Bailey, Fred Boggs, Roy Kempf
ConcessionsFrancis Platt*, Norma Bossi, Claire Graham, Sheila Ferris, Cheryl Fruits, Eleanor Richardson, Betty Wilson
House ManagerMr. & Mrs. David Fell
UshersKim Harp, Kate Ries, Kelle Ries, Kristi Kline, Sarah Johnson, Beverly Olson, Bonnie Bergdall, Carol Blythe, Cydne Fell, Diane Havely, Renae Dewell


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