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Bus Stop opens Friday!

Posted by Sarah Kolb on February 22nd 2017 to Center News


The Arvada Center’s Black Box repertory theatre series kicks off this weekend! Bus Stop, directed by Allison Watrous, opens this Friday.


Jenna Moll Reyes as Elma and Emily Van Fleet as Cherie. Matt Gale Photography 2017

Bus Stop is written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright William Inge, known for his portraits of small-town life in America’s heartland. Bus Stop is a drama infused with comedy and honesty, and was nominated for four Tony Awards when it opened in 1955.


Geoffrey Kent as Will and Josh Robinson as Carl


The play takes place inside a street-corner restaurant in a small Kansas town after a blizzard has forced an inter-state bus is forced to stop for the night. The restaurant fills up with an eclectic cast of characters, each bringing their personalities and problems with them as they seek refuge.


Josh Robinson as Carl and Kate Gleason as Grace

Central to the story is Bo, 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 and they don’t include Bo! As the night goes on, these snowbound strangers share their secrets and dreams. William Inge mixes moments of uproarious comedy and heartbreaking tenderness to explore the many nuances of love and longing.


Sean Scrutchins as Bo

Bus Stop marks the launch of the Arvada Center’s spring repertory theatre season. It’s 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. Play the video below to meet the actors!


Bus Stop Cast

Emily Van Fleet – Cherie

Sean Scrutchins – Bo

Sam Gregory – Dr. Lyman

KIate Gleason – Grace

Jenna Moll Reyes – Elma

Michael Morgan – Virgil

Geoffrey Kent – Will

Josh Robinson – Carl


Sam Gregory as Dr. Lyman

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.


Sean Scrutchins as Bo and Michael Morgan as Virgil

Bus Stop opens Friday and runs until April 15. Tickets for opening night are almost sold out – but you can come see it opening weekend!

Visit our website for information on upcoming Black Box productions The Drowning Girls and Waiting for Godot!

Arvada Center Bus Stop Cast M. Gale Photography 2017

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