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This summer the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival will serve up a slice of Americana with Bus Stop, William Inge's touching and hilarious story of a footloose torch singer who knew too much about men, and a cowboy who didn't know enough about women.
Fates collide in Bus Stop when a freak snowstorm forces a group of bus passengers to seek shelter overnight in a diner in rural Kansas. To create this charming ensemble piece, Inge brings together iconic figures from different parts of the country: a champion rodeo cowboy from Montana, an aspiring nightclub singer from the Ozarks, an East Coast college professor, as well as the local sheriff and diner staff. Unable to escape both each other and themselves, they are all forced to confront how they deal with love and life. Moser feels that audiences respond so well to Inge's characters because "he seems to care very deeply about everyone, despite their flaws."
Leading the ensemble bringing this story to life are Cleveland area actors Erin Bunting, Skip Corris and Pete Ferry. They are joined by returning OSTF company members Matthew Wright and David Bugher, as well as Oberlin College alumni Courtney Merrell, Derrick Bean and Marina Shay.
Due to some mature subject matter, some parents may feel that this play is not appropriate for children under 13.
All performances take place in air-conditioned Hall Auditorium.
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(Photos by John Seyfried)
|Dr. Lyman||Matthew Wright*|
*This actor appears courtesy of The Actor's Equity Association.
For cast bios, see the complete company.