WTC's production of "Bus Stop"
In rehearsal at this time; will open in February 2015.As usual, I will begin my weekly blog with a brief background of the play's author. In this case, "Bus Stop's," famed playwright, William M. Inge.
Inge was a complex man. He rose from being a Midwest highway laborer, to becoming a radio announcer, a teacher, and ultimately a prize winning playwright and novelist. In addition to his Pulitzer for his play "Picnic", his works have garnered nominations for Tony's, Golden Globes, and he was awarded an Oscar for "Splendor in the Grass."
His first four plays were huge hits on Broadway: "Come Back Little Sheba" (1950); "Picnic" (1953); "Bus Stop" (1955) and "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs" (1957). He then struggled through a period where his plays and prose failed to achieve any significant success. After being awarded an Oscar in 1961 for "Splendor in the Grass," Inge felt his writing could no longer reach the highly acclaimed status as before. He suffered through bouts of depression, and on June 10 1973, in Los Angeles, committed suicide at age 60.
Sadly, William Inge is not among the luminaries on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. Most Americans know him for his romantic comedy, "Bus Stop", starring the vivacious blonde bombshell, Marilyn Monroe in the role of "Cherie." He also received credit for 12 motion picture and TV productions. His two novels written in 1970 and 1971 achieved sparse praise. Adaptations of them, with themes of spinsterhood, racism, and sexual tension, followed, but did not receive critical acclaim.
In next week's blog, I'll provide a brief synopsis of "Bus Stop." Stay tuned, as they say in radio-land.
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