"CATCH THE BUS! The Huntington refuels Inge's classic comedy and its season is off to a roaring start. Don't miss it!"— Joyce Kulhawik
"SUPERB! Nicholas Martin is a master. These actors are the making of an all-star repertory company."— WBUR

A snowstorm strands a bus outside of Kansas City, and its passengers — including a stubborn, lovesick cowboy and the nightclub singer he hopes to marry — seek shelter and warmth at a roadside diner. The motley crew spends one night together, filled with bluster, heartache, and laughter, searching for love in this classic American comedy. Former Artistic Director Nicholas Martin returns to direct.


  • Bus Stop Scene 1

    Town Sheriff Will Masters seeks shelter from the storm, while Grace and Elma prepare for guests. Featuring Karen MacDonald as Grace, Ronete Levenson as Elma, and Adam LeFevre as Will Masters.


  • Bus Stop Scene 2

    Carl talks to Grace and Will about life on the road as a bus driver. Featuring Adam LeFevre as Will Masters, Will Lebow as Carl, and Karen MacDonald as Grace.


  • Bus Stop Scene 3

    Bo Decker announces his arrival at the diner. Featuring Noah Bean as Bo Decker, Adam LeFevre as Will, Stephen Lee Anderson as Virgil, Karen MacDonald as Grace, Nicole Rodenburg as Cherie, and Ronete Levenson as Elma.


  • Bus Stop at the Huntington Theatre Company

    Come behind the scenes of William Inge's Bus Stop at the Huntington with Artistic Director Peter DuBois, and actors Noah Bean (TV's "Damages"), Will LeBow, and Nicole Rodenbug.



  • Bus Stop Scenic Design

    Bus Stop Scenic Designer James Noone shares the back drop of the set with the cast and company.



  • Bus Stop Costume Design (part 1)

    Bus Stop Costume Designer Miranda Hoffman shares her designs with the cast and company.


  • Bus Stop Costume Design (part 2)

    Bus Stop Costume Designer Miranda Hoffman shares her designs with the cast and company.



  • Bus Stop Production Photos

    Photo credit: T. Charles Erickson



  • Dr. Lyman's literary references in Bus Stop

    Many critics have pointed to the character of Dr. Lyman in Bus Stop as autobiographical.  Both playwright William Inge and Dr. Lyman were college professors, both struggled with alcoholism, and both were obviously well-read and educated.  Throughout the play, Dr. Lyman references English literature, often Shakespeare, to the admiration (or confusion) of the other characters.


  • Honest and True: The Comedic Landscape of William Inge

    The idea for the playwright William Inge's 1955 hit Bus Stop percolated for some time. Years earlier, Inge had noticed an unusual courtship between fellow passengers on a bus from Missouri to Kansas.


  • William Inge's Film Adaptations

    Four of William Inge's Broadway hits from the 1950s were adapted into successful films.


  • Collaborators in Conversation

    To tease out the connections between our productions, we've asked the artists to interview each other about their work.  Karen MacDonald ("Grace") speaks with long-time collaborator and friend, Will Lebow ("Carl").


  • Catching Up with Nicholas Martin

    Former Artistic Director Nicholas Martin returns to the Huntington to helm William Inge’s Bus Stop. Recently, Martin spoke with Director of New Work Lisa Timmel about the differences between Inge and Tennessee Williams and between directing classics and new work.


Press Reviews

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CATCH THE BUS! The Huntington refuels Inge's classic comedy and its season is off to a roaring start. Don't miss it!Joyce Kulhawik
SUPERB! Nicholas Martin is a master. These actors are the making of an all-star repertory company.WBUR
Magic! A comic triumph! Bus Stop touches your heart. The ensemble shines in this big-hearted celebration of community and the transformative power of love.Community/TAB Newspapers
Truly marvelous! A romantic comedy crowd-pleaser. All aboard for this ride!Boston Phoenix
Poignant and Engaging— The Boston Globe
Superb! Nicholas Martin's riveting revival is boisterous and laugh-packed!
Endearing and finely crafted! An extraordinary ensemble! You'll be drawn into this tale of love and friendship.Cape Cod Times
William Inge was an indisputably major artist, one of this country's half-dozen greatest playwrights.— The Wall Street Journal
Rich, funny, and fresh! A memorable achievement! An uproarious comedy that never strays from the truth.— The New York Times
Out of Kansas, Into the World: A Trove of Inge PlaysNew York Times (August 6, 2009)
More Reviews


  • Bus Stop First Vehicle of Huntington Season

    From BU Today, Sept. 22, 2010: "Playwright William Inge wrote plays about small-town life, set in America's heartland. Bus Stop, which he referred to as 'a composite picture of varying kinds of love, ranging from the innocent to the depraved,' is one of the Pulitzer Prize-winner's best known . . . "
  • Is Inge coming back into vogue?

    From the Boston Globe, Sept. 19, 2010: "Huntington Theatre Company artistic director Peter DuBois didn't have to look far to find someone raising an eyebrow or two at his desire to revive William Inge's Bus Stop. . . . "
  • Dressed for Stage Success

    From Boston Event Guide, Sept. 9, 2010: "As an audience, we kind of take the clothes the actors wear in a play for granted. . . . "


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