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PowPAC, Poway’s Community Theatre, presents Bus Stop, written by William Inge, directed by Keith A. Anderson and produced by Mary Anderson and Dorothy Courtney.  Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.  Bus Stop first opened on Broadway in 1955, ran for 478 performances, and received four Tony nominations including Best Play. Fox Studios made Bus Stop into a film starring Marilyn Monroe.

A March snowstorm strands the bus driver and four passengers overnight at a Kansas bus stop/diner. Cherie (Christine Gatlin), a nightclub chanteuse, is the passenger with the most to worry about. She’s been pursued, made love to and finally kidnapped by Bo Decker (Nathan Boyer), a young rodeo star and ranch owner with the romantic tendencies of a headstrong bull. Bo is ready to sling Cherie over his shoulder and carry her all the way to Montana. Even as she’s ducking out from under his clumsy but confident embraces, she muses, “Somehow, deep inside of me, I got a funny feeling I’m gonna end up in Montana…” Bo’s mentor, Virgil Blessing (Daniel Sky), tries to reason with his stubborn young friend; others who offer assistance include diner owner Grace Hoyland (Lisa Allison), bus driver Carl (Don Evans), town sheriff Will Masters (Robert Shadbolt) and waitress Elma Duckworth (Elizabeth Blair Johnson). The fourth traveler, college professor Dr. Gerald Lyman (Terence J. Burke), ignores the antics of the young couple and strikes up a friendship with young waitress Elma Duckworth.

Anderson and Inge worked closely together when Anderson directed the 1973 World Premiere of Inge’s The Last Pad, which starred then-unknown actor, Nick Nolte, and won four nominations from the Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle. After Inge’s death, Anderson also directed the world premiere of Inge’s Overnight.  Inge also wrote Come Back, Little Sheba, which earned him acclaim on Broadway. His play, Picnic, based on his childhood memories of three teachers living in his mother’s boarding house, earned him a Pulitzer Prize, Theater Club Award, Drama Critic Circle Award and Outer Circle Award. His play, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, was nominated for a 1958 Tony Award for Best Play and was made into a film in 1960.

Bus Stop opens Friday, May 10 and runs weekends only through Sunday, June 9. Performances are at 8 pm Fridays and Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays. Tickets are $18 general admission; $15 for seniors, students and active military. There is a $2 surcharge for opening night, which includes a reception with the cast after the show. Reserve your seats by calling the PowPAC box L-R_Bo (Nathan Boyer) decides that Cherie (Christine Gatlin) will marry him if he just takes charge and carries her to the Justice of the Peaceoffice at 858.679.8085 or e-mailing boxoffice@powpac.org.

PowPAC is Poway’s only community theater, and was voted “Best Entertainment Venue in Poway” by a recent PowayPatch.com readers’ poll. Established in 1981, PowPAC is located in the heart of Poway, upstairs in Lively Center, 13250 Poway Road. The theater is handicap accessible, and has acres of convenient, free parking. The company is an independent, all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. To find out more about PowPAC, please visit www.powpac.org.

PowPAC’s MISSION is to create theatrical experiences of the highest standards within the community theater environment; to produce and present works ensuring diverse and balanced programming; to provide an environment for the growth and education of the artist, the audience and the community at large; to expand our audiences; to engage our audiences and, above all else, to entertain our audiences. Now in its 31st season, PowPAC, Poway’s Community Theatre, continues to present high quality shows that delight, amuse, fascinate and entertain.