Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Bus Stop

by William Inge Running Time: 2 hours

April 12, 2012 to
April 29, 2012

Cabot Theatre
Directed by Lisa Kornetsky

Featuring Jamie Cheatham, Ethan Hall, Doug Jarecki, Dan Katula, Brenna Kempf, Patrick Lawlor, Jacque Troy & Anne Walaszek

In the middle of a howling blizzard, four passengers become stranded overnight in a small-town diner 40 miles west of Kansas City. At the center of the storm is Bo, a rambunctious young rodeo rider, who comes crashing in like a headstrong bull with Cherie, the nightclub chanteuse he's kidnapped and is planning to wed.

Full of Inge's trademark insight into ordinary people in sexually charged circumstances, this uproarious comedy from 1955 still stands the test of time.

BUS STOP will be a collaborative effort with UW-Parkside, featuring some student and faculty actors. Students, alumni and faculty members will also serve on the creative team.

Sponsored by Donald A. Cress

William Inge
Dr. Gerald Lyman Jamie Cheatham
Carl Doug Jarecki
Will Masters Dan Katula
Virgil Blessing Patrick Lawlor
Grace Hoylard Jacque Troy


Production Staff
Director Lisa Kornetsky
Scenic Designer TBD
Costume Designer TBD
Lighting Designer TBD
Properties Master TBD
Sound Designer Phil Wooding
Stage Manager Judy Martel
<April 2012>
891011127:30 PM (P)138:00 PM (O)148:00 PM
152:00 PM1617187:30 PM (V)197:30 PM (T)208:00 PM214:00 PM8:00 PM
222:00 PM2324251:00 PM (*)267:30 PM (T)278:00 PM284:00 PM8:00 PM
292:00 PM3012345

T=Talkback: post-show Q&A with actors and director
*=Talk Theatre: pre-show interactive discussion beginning at noon
V=ViewPoints: pre-show presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Talk Theatre

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 12:00 PM

An opportunity to participate in informal pre-show discussions with MCT's Producing Artistic Director and other show-specific theatre artists.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012 6:30 PM

Experience in-depth, pre-show presentations led by engaging guest experts who offer insights into show-related issues and field questions from knowledge-hungry patrons.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012 7:30 PM

Thursday, April 26, 2012 7:30 PM

After select Thursday evening performances, you can meet the artists involved in a production, ask questions about the creative process and discuss your theatergoing experience.

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Media Coverage

Milwaukee Chamber's 'Bus Stop' Keeps It Moving

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

by Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express; William Inge's classic Bus Stop is a fun ensemble piece. It's light enough that one doesn't have to over-think it, but also deep enough to offer complexity for those interested in a bit more.

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'Bus Stop' spotlights playwright

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

by Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman; ...presently delighting audiences at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. It is the seasonal closer in a very rich run of offerings.

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MCT, Parkside unite for a complex, resonant “Bus Stop”

Monday, April 16, 2012

by Matthew Reddin, Third Coast Digest; William Inge’s Bus Stop is a play with a simple premise: A snowstorm strands five travelers at a diner in ‘50s-era Kansas, forcing their lives to intersect with each other and with the lives of the diner’s employees. As Milwaukee Chamber Theatre does it, the execution is anything but simple. This complex, powerful play shouldn’t be missed.

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Bus Stop: The Heartbeat of America

Monday, April 16, 2012

by Paul Kosidowski, (Milwaukee Magazine); ...this beautifully rendered production certainly shows that Inge isn’t simply a purveyor of Heartland hokum.

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Monday, April 16, 2012

by Peggy Sue Dunigan, PS Performing; Often admired as the “Playwright of the Midwest,” William Inge gleaned inspiration from the people he met in America’s heartland.

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Chamber Theatre, UW-Parkside form winning collaboration in 'Bus Stop'

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; What does it mean - and take - to love someone? That's the question on the table in every William Inge play, but it's never asked with more humor than in "Bus Stop," in which a bus driver and his four passengers join three locals in a rural coffee shop, where they'll spend the night waiting out a blizzard.

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Hang out at this "Bus Stop"

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

by Damien Jaques,; Milwaukee audiences, meet Anne Walaszek and Brenna Kempf. They may be undergraduate theater students at UW-Parkside, but they are key contributors to the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's pitch-perfect production of "Bus Stop" that opened last weekend.

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Meet the Cast of Bus Stop!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

BUS STOP features a cast of eight including both professional actors and theatre students. The established actors include MCT Education Director/Literary Manager Jacque Troy, Dan Katula and making their MCT debuts Doug Jarecki, Patrick Lawlor, and UWP theatre professor Jamie Cheatham. UWP theatre majors Ethan Hall, Brenna Kempf and Anne Walaszek also make their MCT debuts in this collaborative production.

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William Inge, Playwright

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

William Inge was born in May of 1913 and raised in Independence, a small southeastern Kansas town. Inge developed a curiosity for theatre during his adolescent and teen years, inspired by touring companies

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Notes from the director to the cast and production team

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

While Inge calls the play a comedy, this is a serious comedy and the themes that hold the play together are not about the extremes of human nature and behavior, but rather about those things that bring us together and, ultimately, keep us apart.

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BUS STOP: One Day Sale

Monday, March 19, 2012

TODAY ONLY! To celebrate the first day of spring (3/20), we are offering 40% OFF tickets to any performance of BUS STOP!

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