Releases @ TCC
TCC PRESENTS: BUS STOP
Nov. 7-11 and Nov. 14-17
Waitress - " Elma" Elizabeth Gunnaway
The Blonde - "Cherie" Diane Sokolowich
The Cowboy - "Bo" Ryan Bailey
HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Oct. 23, 2007) – Opening its 2007-08 theatre season with an American classic, Tidewater Community College presents Bus Stop, the 1955 Broadway play that became a movie starring Marilyn Monroe. The play, produced by TCC Theatre, runs Nov. 7-10 at 8 p.m., Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. and Nov. 14-17 at 8 p.m.
All performances will be held in the college’s intimate Studio Theatre on the Chesapeake Campus, 1428 Cedar Rd. Tickets run $5 for students and senior citizens and $8 for the general public. For information and ticket reservations, call the TCC Theatre Hotline, 822-5219, or TCC’s Information Center, 822-1122.
Playwright William Inge’s classic, Bus Stop, offers a character-driven play set in an intimate environment. TCC director Edwin Jacob notes that Inge, a Pulitzer Prize winner, was very much influenced by the plays of Tennessee Williams with odd-ball characters adrift in a world that doesn’t compensate for their deficiencies. “The characters in Bus Stop are neither important people in high places, nor do they represent some great universal cause or argument; they’re just everyday folk with basic needs and other-than-perfect lives.” In Bus Stop, Grace’s diner sets the stage – a little four-stool oasis on the plains of rural Kansas – during a snowstorm. The storm forces a group of stranded people, all travelers of some sort, to take refuge and “deal with it” for a few hours – much to the audience’s enjoyment.
The play, a full-length version of Inge’s “almost perfectly written one-act play, People in the Wind,” is a collage of stories, says Jacob. It offers the stories of Cherie, a night club singer with few choices; Bo Decker, an untamed cowboy who usually gets what he wants by force; Carl, the lonely long-distance bus driver; Grace, the starved-for-love owner of the diner; Will, the sheriff, who has found God and hopes to do some good in the world; Professor Lyman who can’t cope with the institutions of education or marriage; Elma, the naive school girl who wants to learn about everything; and Virgil, the seasoned cowboy who, while being perhaps the most content of all, will find himself “out in the cold.”
Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and workforce development services in Hampton Roads - enrolls over 38,000 students annually, the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 35th largest community college in the nation, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information,