by William Inge
Directed by Tim
Sunday, May 5th from 2pm-5pm
Tuesday, May 7th from 7pm-10pm
Please call Theatre Downtown (407) 841-0083 to
schedule an appointment.
will be asked to read from the script for the
audition. All roles are available.
Please bring 2 Headshots with resume.
Rehearsals will begin after June 1st
Production dates are July 12 thru August 3
(Possible extension thru August 10)
All roles are available. Roles are non paying.
are: 3 Women-5 Men
Bus Stop is a drama, with romantic and comedic
elements. It is set in a diner in rural Kansas in
early March 1955, about 25 miles west of Kansas
City, Missouri. A freak snowstorm has halted the
progress of the bus, and the eight characters (five
from the bus) have a weather-enforced layover in the
diner from approximately 1 to 5 a.m. Romantic or
quasi-romantic relationships ensue between Grace and
Carl, Professor Lyman and Elma and Cherie and Bo.
Virgil and Will are the older authority figures
outside the relationships.
Cast of Characters:
Grace Hoylard — Owner of the diner, a "grass
widow". She is fortyish, and pretty in a fading,
hard-bitten way. She has a passionate side to her
nature, loving a good fight and the attentions of a
Elma Duckworth — An intelligent, but naive and
impressionable high school girl (16 to 18). She is
Will Masters — The local sheriff (35 to 60).
Tough as nails and brusque in manner, but
goodhearted and a staunch Christian, described as a
"deacon of his church". A highly "moral" man in the
general sense of the word.
Gerald Lyman — A college philosophy professor
(35 to 45) who is articulate and charming but cannot
hold a position, partially due to his resistance to
any kind of authority, and partially due to his
unfortunate taste for young women. He also has an
obvious drinking problem.
Cherie — A pretty young woman (25 to 30) who
comes from a difficult "hill folk" background, and
has left her innocence far behind. She is an
aspiring nightclub singer, but has never worked in
any establishment above the level of "cheap dive".
Decker — A brash young cowboy (25 to 30) with
boorish manners that hide a naivete almost as
profound as Elma's. He has convinced himself that
Cherie will be his bride, though Cherie wants
nothing to do with him.
Virgil Blessing — An older (40 to 60), wiser
cowboy who has become a father figure to Bo (who was
orphaned at the age of ten) as well as Bo's head
Carl — The bus driver (30 to 45), who has an
ongoing "just passing through" relationship with
Grace. As referenced repeatedly, this is purely
sexual in nature. He even attempts to touch Grace
with his erection, which she considered flattering.