There are several things to love about Fall here in Eugene - the changing of the leaves, brisk morning air, corn mazes and caramel apples, but especially New Hope Christian College’s Fall Main Stage production. This year’s play is the American Classic, Bus Stop, by William Inge.
New Hope Christian College would like to invite you to take a night off from the technological advancements of today and come enjoy a time, as experienced through Bus Stop, when life was simpler and uncomplicated by being ‘connected.’
When Pullitzer Prize winner William Inge’s landmark American play first appeared on Broadway, the New York Post reviewer perceptively wrote, “William Inge should be a great comfort to all of us…he brings to the theatre a kind of warmhearted compassion, creative vigor, freshness of approach and appreciation of average humanity that can be wonderfully touching and stimulating.”
Set in 1955, Bus Stop has become an American classic. The play is funny, sad, romantic, and poignant. It all takes place in a roadside diner, which is located about 30 miles west of Kansas City. As a snowstorm builds and the roads are closed, a bus pulls in whose passengers find themselves stranded for the night. The passengers include a cowboy named Bo, his sidekick, Virgil, a nightclub singer named Cherie, Dr. Lyman and the bus driver. They, along with Grace, the owner of the diner, Elma her high school student waitress and the local sheriff, Will, create an eclectic group of sleepover guests.
Playing the role of Dr. Lyman is Isaac Frank, a senior from Montana who was most recently seen as Jesus in our Spring production of Godspell. Also from the Godspell cast are Simon Arnold playing Virgil, and Lauren Taylor who plays Cherie, the love interest of Bo, the rough and tumble cowboy played by Andrew Bouffard. Other cast members include Alyssa Sanford as Elma, Lauren Talamentez as Grace, Dylan Nueschwander as the sheriff and Daniel Wolfe as Carl, the bus driver. Shannon Peet is the assistant director and stage manager.
For this production, the College wanted to offer students the experience of working with other professional directors, so we invited Karen Scheelend to direct our production. Many of you will recognize her name as Karen, a local director and the Assistant Director/Stage Manager for Godspell. During Godspell, we all fell in love with Karen’s unique style, her commitment to excellence and her endearing wit, and wanted to have her back as our director.
Bus Stop will be held at New Hope Center in Eugene. The newly renovated auditorium now has an amazing Grace’s Diner set designed and built by Richard Scheeland (former Executive Director of the Hult Center and current president of the Very Little Theatre).
There are good seats available online through the College website, www.newhope.edu, or by calling 541-521-0739. Tickets will also be available at the box office, which opens 1 hour prior to show time.
Bus Stop playing dates:
Thursday , November 15 @ 8pm
Friday, November 16 @ 8pm
Saturday, November 17 @ 8pm
Sunday, November 18 @ 2pm
The New Hope Center is located at 1790 Charnelton Street (corner of 18th Ave and Charnelton in West Eugene).
Don’t miss the bus on this insightful and soul-stirring play.
See you at Bus Stop in less than a week!
A note about why we selected Bus Stop...
There were really two guiding principles that led to the selection of Bus Stop as our Fall Main Stage production. First was the desire to perform a classic theatre production that would draw an audience not just those who currently would come out to support our College events, but from the local community as well. Bus Stop is a play that has that appeal and our hope is that theatre lovers will come out to see our production as they recognize it is an American Classic. Secondly, with our desire to train and equip our students for real world ministry, we felt it necessary to expand our repertoire beyond original works and specifically “Christian” productions. Many of our Creative Arts majors plan to pursue professional careers in theatre, and providing them performance opportunities that the theatre world recognizes gives them a professional resume, building roles that are crucial for the future.