Matuza Mainstage Theatre
Written by William Inge | Directed by Hazel Robinson
June 11 – 20, 2021
Preview Night: June 10
Terrific Tuesday: June 15
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About the Show
A snowstorm strands a bus outside of Kansas City, and its passengers — including a stubborn, lovesick cowboy and the nightclub singer he hopes to marry — seek shelter and warmth at a roadside diner. The motley crew spends one night together, filled with bluster, heartache, and laughter, searching for love in this classic American comedy.
Cast & Crew
Elma Duckworth: Katie Timoney
Grace Hoylard: Teresa Harris
Will Masters: Jonathan O’Leary
Cherie: Bethany Paolini
Dr. Gerald Lyman: Rich Nowell
Carl: Larry Hession
Virgil Blessing: Brad Cooper
Bo Decker: Billy Lister
Director: Hazel Robinson
Stage Manager/Properties: Shelli Long
Technical Director: Ryan Walker
Scenic Designer: Dom Grasso
Lighting Designer: Carl Liberatore
Scenic Charge Artist: Nancy Grasso
From the Director
This has been a hard year for all of us. Many have lost loved ones, some have lost relationships, and others have lost the drive or energy to connect with their friends. I am so grateful to the Limelight Theatre for giving me this opportunity to direct Bus Stop, by William Inge, right at this very moment in my life. While I have had many chances to experience the joy of acting on the Limelight stages (the place I call my “home away from home), this is my directorial debut at the Limelight.
William Inge, sometimes referred to as the “Playwright of the Midwest”, was no stranger to sadness; he suffered from alcoholism and depression most of his life Even after years of success as a playwright, he ended up taking his own life. His plays are full of characters with strained relationships, something he, himself was very familiar with. He had an incredible understanding of female characters, and like his comrade, Tennessee Williams, he wrote them well. He wrote about women he knew as a child in Kansas: “I began to sense the sorrow and the emptiness in their lives, and it touched me.” Inge also had the unique ability to reveal the violent, sometimes abusive nature in many of his male characters, while making them somehow loveable as they searched to better themselves.
William Inge had an amazing ability to honestly reveal the complexity of his characters in the relationships they encountered along their individual walks on the road of life. In this play, eight people come together in a roadside bus stop diner for several hours due to a blizzard. As they wait for the storm to pass they discover things about themselves that they might never have stumbled upon had this storm not delayed their journey. The bus passengers come in from their cold, lonely lives, and, if only for a few hours, Grace’s Diner gives them a safe, warm haven. With lots of really good coffee.
I am so grateful to be directing this play, with this amazing cast and crew, at this gem of a theatre. The detail that goes into every production, the amount of work that gets done by all of the staff and volunteers is truly remarkable. I am also thrilled that you, our faithful audience members, are once again able to join us in person at the Limelight for this and other live shows. Let’s enjoy connecting, once again. And may we never forget how precious it is to be together.
– Hazel Robinson