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‘Bus Stop’ Pulls into UNCG Theatre

040710EyeOnArts_BusStopDirector Jonathan Brady describes “Bus Stop” as “a beautiful character study of love.”

William Inge’s classic play is UNCG Theatre’s latest production, running April 7-30 in Brown Building Theatre. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on April 7-10, 27 and 30.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for non-UNCG students, senior citizens and children; $9 groups of 10 or more and UNCG Alumni Association members; and $7 for UNCG students. Contact the University Box Office http://boxoffice.uncg.edu.

“Bus Stop,” which premiered on Broadway in 1955, was made into a movie starring Marilyn Monroe. Brady, a graduate student pursuing an MFA in directing, says the film, while widely known, reflects a greatly “sanitized version” of the play.

“The play is much better than the film,” Brady says. “The characters are more fully realized.”

Inge, who also wrote “Picnic” and “Come Back, Little Sheba,” hasn’t really seen a resurgence in popularity, despite such fresh projects as Libby Larsen’s jazz-opera version of “Picnic,” which premiered at UNCG last year, Brady says. Rather, Inge is simply a writer “who is always going to be part of the canon of great American works.”

While “Bus Stop” centers on the troubled relationship between a beautiful singer, Cherie, and her cowboy boyfriend, Bo, Inge wanted to show the full spectrum of love – the good and the bad. To do so, Inge expanded his palette to include relationships between several couples. He set the play in a small-town diner, where a busload of passengers is snowed in for the night.

“It’s an anatomy of love from the innocent to the depraved,” Brady says. “ I’d like the audience to think about how they would deal with loneliness, finding love and keeping love.”

Visual: Elizabeth May and Chris Raddatz in ‘Bus Stop.’ Photo by Bert VanderVeen