Friday, December 19, 2014


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.

Dave DeHart

Wilsonville Theater Company

 


Saturday, November 29, 2014


Wilsonville Theater Company's intrepid trio, (L to R) Dick Spence, MaryAnn Creason, Dave DeHart at the lst Annual Winter Wonderland Festival, sponsored by the Wilsonville Chamber of Commerce and the Shriners. Held at the Shriner's Center in Wilsonville on November 29, 2014.

Over 500 attendees were regaled by the Shriners Band, Children's crafts room, Storybook Land, a passel of local vendors, photos with Santa and a myriad of other children's activities. The kids got a kick out of having their photo taken with The Grinch, who, don't tell anyone, also enjoyed it as well. Even the Grinch has his pleasant side, right?

Friday, November 28, 2014



This is your LAST CALL:
Auditions for Bus Stop will be held by appointment only on Wednesday, December 3rd and on Thursday, December 4th from 6 to 9 PM at the Frog Pond Grange on SW Stafford Road in Wilsonville. Appointments may be made by emailing:  OnStageAtWilsonville@gmail.com or by calling the director Matt  Russell at 971-269-4032. The auditions will consist of a 2-minute contemporary monologue.  Bring a head-shot and resume please. Call-backs will be on Saturday, December 6 from noon to 3:00 PM, wherein cold readings from the script will be held.
The play will be cast on December 7. Opening night: February 20 2015.
Dave DeHart - Wilsonville Theater Company

Friday, November 14, 2014

This is your second wakeup call: Auditions for Bus Stop will be held by appointment only on Wednesday, December 3rd and on Thursday, December 4th from 6 to 9 PM at the Frog Pond Grange on SW Stafford Road in Wilsonville. Appointments may be made by emailing:  OnStageAtWilsonville@gmail.com or by calling the director Matt  Russell at 971-269-4032. The auditions will consist of a 2-minute contemporary monologue.  Bring a head-shot and resume please. Call-backs will be on Saturday, December 6 from noon to 3:00 PM, wherein cold readings from the script will be held.
The play will be cast on December 7.