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The Bus Stop by Gao Xingjian

The ground-breaking 1983 comedy by Nobel Prize winner Gao Xingjian. Condemned as “spiritual pollution” by Chinese Communist Party officials and banned from production, the controversial play, which recalls Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, earned Gao a reputation as a radical. Critic Martin Denton on says, “the difference between Gao’s play and Beckett’s is that, eventually, [ in The Bus Stop] they learn. He makes hope not just a dream but something palpable and attainable.” 
“I couldn’t live without love because the world is so horrible.” – Gao Xingjian

The Bus Stop ran March 24-26 and April 1 & 2, 2011 in the MainStage Theater

Director- Heidi Winters Vogel
Costume Design – Heidi Long
Lighting Design – Jon Nofziger
Music Composer – Frances Miller
Stage Manager – Jenn Orantes
Cast Photographs – Justin Roth


Kindra Amott – Old Woman, Director Ma, Hothead
Molly Boese – Director Ma, Hothead, Girl
Shane Byler – Hothead, Carpenter, Glasses
Travis Duerksen – Glasses, Old Woman, Mother
Andrew Hostetter – Silent Man
Eric King – Carpenter, Glasses, Director Ma
Morgan Porter – Mother, Girl, Old Woman
Erica Wagner – Girl, Mother, Carpenter