|Bus Stop to Open|
Fourth to open in our Summer Season is Bus Stop by William Inge,
a classic American comedy drama, the film of which made Marilyn Monroe famous!
A lot can happen in a single night . . .
When a freak snowstorm blocks the highway west of Kansas City, the four passengers on the bus to Topeka are stranded at Grace`s restaurant.
Nightclub ‚Äėchanteuse' Cherie (played by Marilyn in the 1956 film made by 20th Century Fox) is trying to escape the clutches of Bo Decker, the wild young cowboy who has all but kidnapped her, intending to take her back to Montana and marry her - regardless of what Cherie thinks about the idea. Virgil, Bo`s faithful ranch hand, has done his best to restrain his hot-headed young boss, but to no avail. Bo isn`t listening to anybody.
Strangely, the fourth passenger, Dr. Lyman, a hard drinking academic with a passion for Shakespeare, appears considerably more interested in making sure the bus has crossed the state line than in its destination. Until, that is, he spies Elma, Grace`s wide-eyed, pretty, teenage waitress.
Bus driver Carl is more than happy to stop over - he and Grace seem, well , , , friendly. And Will, the local sheriff, is on hand to keep an eye on this company of misfits. Good thing, too, what with Bo trying to romance Cherie like he`s roping a steer, and Dr. Lyman wanting to teach young Elma about the joys of true love.
Come the morning, the snow has cleared and the bus can depart. But who will be on it? And where will they be headed?
A funny, romantic and moving story about of the search for happiness in a lonely world, William Inge`s 1955 comedy drama is a classic of modern American theatre.
It opens (previews) at Pitlochry Festival Theatre on 3rd June and will play in repertoire until 14th October. Tickets are available from box office: 01796 484626 or online.
"When staying in Pitlochry during the early part of the war, I chanced to see a stately house with a fairly large garden, quite close to the town. I at once realised that here my dream theatre might well be established in this fashionable resort right in the heart of Scotland"‚Ä¶ John Stewart, Founder of Pitlochry Festival Theatre.