The Arvada Continues the 2016 – 2017 Black Box Season with "Bus Stop"

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities will continue its 2016 – 2017 Black Box season with Bus Stop, directed by Allison Watrous, opening Friday, February 24, 2017Bus Stop is written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright William Inge, known for his portraits of small-town life in America’s heartland. A drama infused with comedy and honesty, the play was nominated for four Tony Awards when it opened in 1955. 
 
Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.Wednesday matinees at 1:00 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m., through April 15. Preview performances are February 22 and 23  at 7:30 p.m. Please note, an additional performance has been added on Wednesday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. Audience engagement events, including insider’s talkbacks and chats with the cast, are held through the run of the production. To purchase tickets go to http://arvadacenter.org/bus-stop or call 720-898-7200. The Arvada Center is located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. and provides free parking for its patrons. 
 
Bo is a boastful but innocent cowboy who plans to get Cherie to the altar, kicking and screaming if necessary. But Cherie, a worldly nightclub singer, has plans of her own. When their bus is stranded in a snowstorm, they seek refuge in an isolated roadside diner along with their fellow travelers. As the night goes on, these snowbound strangers share their secrets and dreams. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, William Inge, mixes moments of uproarious comedy and heartbreaking tenderness to explore the many nuances of love and longing.
 
Bus Stop marks the launch of the Arvada Center’s spring repertory theatre season. It is presented by members of the Center’s new ensemble company of actors, directors, technical artists and designers, and performed as part of the Center’s three-play repertory rotation. For information on upcoming Black Box productions The Drowning Girls and Waiting for Godot, go to http://arvadacenter.org/2016-2017-arvada-center-theatre-season-at-a-glance
 
The cast features Emily Van Fleet (Cherie), Sean Scrutchins (Bo), Kate Gleason (Grace), Sam Gregory (Dr. Lyman), Geoffrey Kent (Will), Michael Morgan (Virgil), Jenna Moll Reyes (Elma) and Josh Robinson (Carl). 
 
In addition to director Allison Watrous, the creative team includes Clare Henkel (Costume Design), Jason Ducat (Sound Design), Brian Mallgrave (Scenic Design), Shannon McKinney (Lighting Design) and Megan O’Connor (Wig Design). The Artistic Director of Plays is Lynne Collins. 
 
Bus Stop performance details
 
Opens Friday, February 24
February 24 – April 15, 2017
Thurs – Sat 7:30 p.m.
Wed matinee, 1:00 p.m.
Sun matinee, 2:00 p.m.
Additional performance Wednesday, March 29, 7:30 p.m.
 
Preview Performances
February 22 and 23
7:30 p.m.
 
Chats with the Cast
Approximately 35 minutes before every performance, a member of the ensemble will be in the Black Box Lobby greeting guests and answer questions about the performance. Members of the ensemble will be available for informal discussions about the performance afterward. 
 
Audience Talk Backs
These discussions after the performance will cover particular interesting subjects about the production with the cast, director, and/or designers Friday, March 3 after the 7:30 p.m.performance, and Wednesday, March 8 after the 1 p.m. performance.