by William Inge
directed by Stephen Houtz
In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and four or five weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning. Cherie, a nightclub chanteuse in a sparkling gown and a seedy fur-trimmed jacket, is the passenger with most to worry about. She's been pursued, made love to and finally kidnapped by a twenty-one-year-old cowboy with a ranch of his own and the romantic methods of an unusually headstrong bull. The belligerent cowhand is right behind her, ready to sling her over his shoulder and carry her, alive and kicking, all the way to Montana. Even as she's ducking out from under his clumsy but confident embraces, and screeching at him fiercely to shut him up, she pauses to furrow her forehead and muse, "Somehow deep inside of me I got a funny feeling I'm gonna end up in Montana …" As a counterpoint to the main romance, the proprietor of the cafe and the bus driver at last find time to develop a friendship of their own; a middle-age scholar comes to terms with himself; and a young girl who works in the cafe also gets her first taste of romance.
March 15, 16, 7:30 pm
March 17, 2:00 pm
March 22, 23, 7:30 pm
March 24, 2:00 pm
PiM Arts High School (Map)
7255 Flying Cloud Drive
The Loading Dock Theatre
Tickets are on sale now! All seats are $15. Tickets for the March 17 performance are pay-what-you-can if purchased at the door.
Our winter play for 2019 will be Bus Stop, by William Inge, directed by Stephen Houtz. We're excited to announce that we have selected a new venue for the winter show this year: The Loading Dock Theatre at PiM Arts High School, 7255 Flying Cloud Dr., Eden Prairie. This new, more open, dynamic space is a great fit for the innovative directions we want to take for our winter plays, and the parking situation should be a big improvement over the high school as well.
This year we are continuing the new production we introduced last year: Women's One Acts (WOA!), a collection of one act plays by women and directed by women, intended to increase opportunities for female and female-identified theater artists.
The summer musical will be State Fair, with Music by Rodgers, Richard, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Book by Tom Briggs and Louis Mattioli. Directed by Stephen Houtz, musical director Melissa Warhol, and choreographer Brianna Belland.
The Children's Theater Workshop production will be the delightful Bedtime Stories (As told by our Dad) (who messed them up) by Ed Monk. Directed by Dr. Gina Light with assistant director Chris Veninga.
We will finish up the 2019 season in September with the 15th annual Collection of One Acts. We are working on selecting the plays for this production in the upcoming months.
The Eden Prairie Players Advisory Committee meets about once a month to choose upcoming productions, decide on actions, policies, and procedures, and plan for the future.
Monday, January 28, 6:30 PM
Eden Prairie City Center
The meetings are open to members of the Eden Prairie Players community and the public. If you are interested in getting involved in Eden Prairie Players' short and long-term planning, visiting a meeting is a great first step.