by Mark Lambeck
Bus Stories has one common element – each play
takes place in a bus station or on a bus itself. The three plays look at the
kinds of everyday anxieties that affect the human condition from the
dynamics of blended families to the breakdown of communication in
Cast & Settings
Waitin' for the 2:45
NOREEN - 32, a part-time cashier at a discount store
LESLIE - 34, a pregnant lab worker
DOREEN - 33, Noreen's hairdresser sister
ANN - 38, Leslie's sister, a children's librarian
Setting: Late spring (May, 1998). A bus station in New Haven (CT),
and on a cross country bus. Seen is a suggestion of a ticket/information
booth. The clerk in the booth is never seen by the audience.
The Beat Goes On
GRACE - Well dressed kindergarten teacher, late 20s.
CORA - A Westchester housewife, 50s
Setting: The waiting area of a bus terminal in Westchester County, New York
in late fall. There are two rows of chairs back to back stage center
representing the waiting area. A suggestion of double doors leading out to
the buses are just behind this center row. A ticket counter with a trash can
in front of it. A schedule board is on the wall.
ALICE - A depressed store clerk and
housewife, late 40s.
RUSTY - A college student, 19 or 20
VIRGINIA - Retired. Stylish, 60s or 70s.
SARAH - A nurse, early 30s.
The Setting: Late afternoon in a crowded city buy traveling downtown.
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About this Playwright
has had readings and productions throughout New
York and Connecticut including a staged reading of his Holocaust drama,
Voices From the Ashes at The Lamb's Theatre in Manhattan. A member of
the Stratford, CT-based SquareWrights group, his Connecticut productions
have been seen at The Little Theatre in New Haven, Eastbound Theatre in
Milford, The Stonington Playhouse, and Playhouse on the Green in
Bridgeport. NYC credits include productions at: The Pulse Ensemble
Theatre, Genesis Rep, Red Room Theatre, and Spotlight On Productions,
among others. His play, Ben's Story competed in the 2007 Samuel French
one act festival, Call Me Bernice won the 2002 Sage Theatre One Act
Playwright's Award, and Tuna & Jack was a finalist in the 2001 American
Globe Theatre 15-Minute Play competition. Four of his play adaptations
of O. Henry short stories have been published by Contemporary Drama
Service, Countdown to 40 and Bus Stories were published by JAC
Publishing, Intervention and October People were published in The Best
Short Plays of 2008 for 2 or more Actors by Smith & Kraus, and Lucky Day
was published by United Staged Publishers.