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Willis, Steve (American playwright, College Professor/Playwright/Actor/Director, 1959-____), “Bus Travels,”

a 30-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a bus station in a small North Carolina town, U.S.A., late morning, early fall, 1982,


© 1982, script/rights available from Steve Willis, telephone (home) 336-691-9416.  •  Cited by Steve Willis via ftp, April 6, 1998; Willis says,

Dramatis Personae Bess (f), an elderly mother and widow; Melanie (f), a feminist poet/lecturer; ________ (m), _____________.

Synopsis “ ‘Bus Travels’ is a dialogue between Bess, an elderly mother and widow, and Melanie, a feminist poet/lecturer. Bess has never adjusted to widowhood or her children living in other cities. Melanie is somehow moved by Bess’s lonely, yet hopeful existence.

Comment “When ‘Bus Travels’ was produced at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, one reviewer wrote: ‘“Bus Travels’ detailed the chance encounter in a southen bus station between Melanie, a young and successful poet, and Bess, a lonely old lady half lost in a fantasy world. The piece was a bit stretched near the end, but it was moving and tenderly funny.’”  •  Willis recommends his “Waiting Games,” a 30-minute comedy-drama in English, 3m2f, as a “recent production was well-received.”  •  See also Steve Willis’

Themes bus, family, hope, motherhood, lecturing, loneliness, poetry, travel, widowhood.



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