Arts & Humanities

Bus Stop Takes Stage at Caine Lyric Theatre

Bus Stop, Utah State University’s Caine College of the Arts’ (CCA) first theater production of the season, hits the Caine Lyric Theatre stage Sept. 23-27 at 7:30 p.m.

“This show was popularized by Marilyn Monroe in the movie version,” said Richie Call, assistant professor of theater in the CCA and director of the show. “The play script is vastly different and incorporates all of the characters.”

Written by William Inge, Bus Stop is about a bus that gets stranded at a small roadside diner owned by widow Grace Hoylard. All roads are blocked because of a snowstorm, and four or five weary travelers have to take refuge there until morning.

“The individual relationships within the play are some of my favorite aspects to this story,” said Call. “I have too many favorite scenes to pick just one!”

Romantic relationships ensue between Grace and Carl, the bus driver, professor Lyman and Elma, a college professor with a drinking problem and Hoylard’s high school waitress, and Cherie and Bo, an aspiring nightclub singer and a brash young cowboy. Virgil, an older cowboy who is a father figure to Bo, and Will, the local sheriff, are the older authority figures outside the relationships. Originally written in 1955, this comedy manages to charm modern audiences with sentimental characters and a slice-of-life storyline.

“We have a fantastic cast involved in this show,” said Call. “I have worked with most of them before and I know we will put on a great show.”

Bus Stop is showing Sept. 23-27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Caine Lyric Theatre, located at 28 W. Center Street in downtown Logan. A 2 p.m. matinee is also presented Saturday, Sept. 27. Tickets are $13 adults, $10 seniors and youth, $8 USU faculty and staff and free for USU students with ID. For more information or tickets, contact the CCA Box Office in room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s Logan campus, call 435-797-8022, or the college’s Production Services website.

Related links:

USU Theatre Arts Department

USU Caine College of the Arts

Writer: Whitney Schulte, 435-797-9203,

Contact: Denise Albiston, 435-797-1500,

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