Montana Repertory Theatre to Present "Bus Stop" on April 2

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Celebration of Ideas Lecture Series at Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College continues Saturday, April 2, with the performance of the play “Bus Stop.”

In this warm and affecting hit comedy, William Inge examines some of the many faces of love. Sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs, the performance will take place at 8 p.m. April 2 in Wallman Hall Theatre on the main campus in Fairmont. For tickets, call (304) 367-4240. Tickets are $10 for the general public and FSU and Pierpont faculty and staff and free for FSU and Pierpont students.

As down-home characters interact in a street corner restaurant during the course of a hilariously turbulent night, extraordinary qualities are revealed in seemingly ordinary people.

Frustration, tears and laughter result as characters are forced to confront their own motivations. Romance blossoms and love banishes loneliness. As Inge demonstrates in this winning tale, a lot can happen in a single night.

For many of us who grew to awareness in the 1950s, “Bus Stop” is a classic American story. Marilyn Monroe’s entrance in the film version is imbedded in our consciousness. Inge’s biggest hit and his only out-and-out comedy, “Bus Stop” truly exemplifies America’s postwar awakening and introduces characters that have since become new cultural icons.

Inge’s American masterpiece still speaks to the new century. Rich with character and plot and the message that “we’re all in this together,” “Bus Stop” shows that peoples’ lives are truly intertwined; people affect each other in subtle and profound ways as they go about their daily lives. Few playwrights are able to make the everyday universal and the commonplace the stuff of great theatre. Inge is one of these playwrights.

Established as the theatre in residence at the School of Fine Arts at The University of Montana, Montana Repertory Theatre has been providing top-quality theatre to audiences across the country since 1968.