Old Academy Players is currently presenting BUS STOP, the story of an unusual usual night in a small town, when travelers are thrown together to wait out a storm in a small diner. The characters create a series of small storms of their own while waiting. Many recall the classic film starring Marilyn Monroe. This production features an ensemble that puts a unique imprint on the story.
The set and costumes are an essential part of creating the 1955 time period. Parke Fech and Sarah Heddins are Texas natives who bring a special twang to the characters of Bo Decker and Cherie. Each is full of unbridled youth, energy, and enthusiasm. They fill the stage with their presence. Amber Marie Payne and Eric Rupp portray Elma Duckworth and Dr. Gerald Lyman who are the unlikeliest of associates. Payne makes her character youthful, innocent, and adoring. Lyman unnervingly portrays an aging man drunkenly and greasily preying on young women. Laura Salinas and Robert Toczek are Grace Hoyland and Carl. This pairing presents two who are lonely, but willing to do something about it. They are the ‘any port in a storm’ complete coupling. Full of innuendo and seduction, this couple brings a bit of spring to the winter weather. Vail Gualtieri portrays Virgil who seems to see all sides of the many stories. Gualtieri gives his all as the gentle guardian of the gathering. As the lone wolf, Gerry Alexander plays Will Masters, the town sheriff. Alexander plays Masters with empathy and good nature, but also efficiency and firmness. The ensemble meshes well, with characters constructed with care and delivered with deliberate deep dimensions.
Old Academy Players continually hosts local actors, directors and theater artists of all ages and levels of experience. As a distinguished and historic producing theater the productions are consistently solid and enjoyable. Tickets are available for the two remaining shows of this season, TEN CHIMNEYS in April and GODSPELL in June. Subscriptions are available for the upcoming season. It is essential to support local theater, local talent, and history making local theaters. Support a part of theater history and help to create a future for local theater artists by attending the remaining shows of this season and subscribing to upcoming seasons.
by William Inge
Directed by Paul Muscarella
March 6 – 22, 2015
Old Academy Players
3540-44 Indian Queen Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19129