Past Shows

2012-2013 Season Shows

Bus Stop

by William Inge

Directed by Mary Jo Bowes

Showdates: October 26, 27, 28 & November 2, 3, 4 – 2012

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.


Elma – Carrie Estes
Grace – Martha Buckley
Will – Travon Girtley
Cherie – Theresa Ireland
Dr. Lyman – Michael Schwartz
Carl – Jim Resh
Virgil – Terry Ray
Bo – Zackary Merritt

Production Staff

Stage Manager – Nikolai Zarnick
Technical Supervisor – Dave Cavill
Light/ Sound Board Operators – Nikolai Zarnick, Faith Zuzek, Nick Dampman
Set Design & Decoration – Mary Jo Bowes
Set Construction – Nikolai Zarnick, Jim Resh
Poster & Program Design – Bruce Dries
Box Office – Peggy Buckley, Kate Cowden, Bill Herring, Brett Johns, Jamiera Jones, Katrina Kayden, Sara Necciai, Kelly Siffrin, Casey Smith, John Henry Steelman
Photography – Brett Johns
House Manager – Lorretta Dalton

Special Thanks

Indiana Senior High School
Gretchen Barbor
Dominic Versace
Julie Englemann
Todd Marino and WDAD
The Indiana Gazette
The Tribune Review
Martha Buckley
Terry Ray