SANTA FE, N.M. — After offering a slate of relatively new, contemporary plays during its first year, Adobe Rose Theatre is starting its second year with a classic.
“Bus Stop” by William Inge was first produced on Broadway in 1955, focusing on the interactions of characters stuck at a roadside diner in a small Kansas town while a snowstorm rages outside.
The Adobe Rose stage will echo Fifties diner style, while its characters flirt and sidestep, and show what can happen when a disparate group of people are stuck with each other for several hours. Romance and comedy are in store as a Montana cowboy is determined to make a nightclub singer his wife, a retired college professor flirts with a teenage waitress and the skeptical diner owner develops a friendship with the bus driver.
Early ticket sales are going well, said founder and artistic director Maureen McKenna, who is experimenting with a different mix in this year’s plays. This classic will be followed by a popular comedy, “Moonlight and Magnolias,” about the writing of “Gone With the Wind,” from March 16 to April 2.