Drama at a ‘Bus Stop’ diner

Bus Stop

Screen Shot 2018-02-06 at 11.47.54 AMBAKER CITY — Four years after “Bus Stop” performances were canceled, Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre is again bringing this play to the stage.

“We’re doing this in honor of Schyler,” said Scot Violette, director.

Schyler Miller starred as Bo Decker in the rendition of “Bus Stop” four years ago. Miller was battling leukemia at the time, and he lost the fight on Feb. 17, 2014. He starred in only one performance of “Bus Stop.” The remaining shows were canceled.

A memorial fund was established in Schyler’s name to support EORT’s youth theater program. Proceeds from “Bus Stop” will go to that fund.

The show opens Feb. 9 and continues through Feb. 11, then again Feb. 16-18. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Iron Gate Theater, 2101 Main St. Suite 113, Baker City. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 members, $8 students and are available at Betty’s Books, Random Resales, online at irongatetheatre.com and at the door.

“Bus Stop” is set in a diner in 1950s Kansas. A bus arrives in the midst of a blizzard that has closed roads and knocked out power all across town. As the passengers disembark, a woman named Cherie (Celina Fuzi) rushes in with her suitcase, claiming a man has kidnapped her and plans to make her marry him (his name is Bo Decker, played by Dylan Smith). The sheriff (Michael Dean) listens and then quietly watches everything play out in this small diner run by a woman named Grace (Lisa Ensworth) who tends to sneak out for a secret meeting with the bus driver Carl (David Cross).

Over the course of the night, personalities clash as they ride out the snowstorm. Along with the drama of Cherie and Bo, the sheriff keeps his eye on Dr. Gerald Lyman (played by Peter Hall), a hard-drinking professor of philosophy who recites Shakespeare throughout the play and has an eye for underage girls.

The cast also includes Catherine Adams and Dave Salo. Scot Violette directs, with assistance from Jennifer Button. The stage crew includes Heather Cross, Kathy Sanchez and Lynne Proudfoot. “Bus Stop” was written by William Inge and premiered in 1955.

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