CHARLESTON — Charleston Community Theatre will present William Inge’s romantic comedy, “Bus Stop,” beginning Jan. 26 at Tarble Arts Center, 2010 Ninth St., on the Eastern Illinois University campus.
The play originally opened on Broadway in 1955, and was later made into a movie starring Marilyn Monroe.
“Bus Stop” is co-sponsored by the Tarble Arts Center and will run for six performances.
The performance dates are Jan. 26, 30, 31, Feb. 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m., and Jan. 27 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are now on sale for $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. Reservations may be made by calling Tarble at 581-ARTS (2787).
The story in “Bus Stop” unfolds during a ferocious snowstorm in rural Kansas. As travel becomes dangerous, a bus driver pulls into a small rural roadside diner. It’s about 1 a.m., and five weary travelers unload to take refuge overnight until the storm subsides.
They are Cherie, a woman aspiring to be a nightclub singer but who sings mostly at small-down “dives;” Bo Decker, a brash young cowboy who’s used to getting what he wants by force; Virgil, an older and wiser cowboy who has become a father figure to Bo; Dr. Gerald Lyman, a brilliant professor who can’t hold down a job or stay in a steady relationship; and Carl, the long distance bus driver who keeps up a “just passing through” romance with Grace, the owner of the diner.
Also stranded in the diner that night are Elma, a naive and impressionable high school girl Grace has hired to be a waitress in the diner, and Will, the local sheriff who’s a good man, a moral man, who hopes to do what he can to improve his corner of the world.
It is in Grace’s diner where these eight characters meet and the play takes place.
The actors in “Bus Stop” are Charity Ozier as Cherie; Kyle Probst as Bo; Earl Halbe as Virgil; Tim Mason as Dr. Lyman; Scott Brooks as Carl; Cindi Bedell as Grace; Brigitte Dietz as Elma; and Matt Piescinski as Will.
Victoria Bennett is the director of “Bus Stop.” She is assisted by Donna Karbassioon, who is producing the production.
On days of the performance, the Tarble Arts Center will open 30-minutes prior to the curtain. The art gallery at Tarble will be open for viewing during the show’s intermission.
For further information on “Bus Stop,” check out the Charleston Community Theatre Facebook page, call 217-581-ARTS or visit www.charlestoncommunitytheatre.org.