An Evening with William Inge’s Bus Riley to Compete at State

The biennial AACT Fest is an excellent opportunity for Community Theaters across the country to share their passion and compare their skills in friendly competition.  This year, your P2K entered a special evening of short plays in the Quad III festival hosted by Texas Non-Profit Theaters (TNT) and we’ll be going to the State Conference in Lewisville in March.

Our entry included two short plays by the famous playwright William Inge in which he tells two different stories about the exact same characters and situation. The two telling give us the chance to see how an author “works” on a story – first coming to one conclusion, and then another.

The two plays are called Bus Riley’s Back In Town and Glory In the Flower.  Most scholars believe that they were the seed that grew into Inge’s award-winning Splendor in the Grass.

The characters include a traveling salesman and a bartender, seen in this rehearsal photo (Thanks, Joan) as played by Michael (The RainmakerStanard and R Sheldon (The Game’s Afoot)Boyce.  These two provide background to our story and commentary on the world in general.

We also have two ancillary characters played by Michele (The Game’s AfootVanfossen andZach (Joseph…Perrin.  You see them here in their roles as “A Girl” and “Joker”, but they also appear as “Bernice” and “Ralph Henry.”

The main story is one about “Jackie,” played by Amy (Joseph)Goodyear and “Bus,” played byJohn (Romeo & JulietBinion, two people who – at one time in their young lives – were lovers.  In both plays, they reconnect after some years apart – in one play only a few years, in the other, many years – and thereby hangs the tale.

An audience of about 100 folks enjoyed the Quad III performance on Friday, January 23.  We’ll perform one more time locally before traveling the show up to Lewisville to take our place as one of ten shows invited to perform at the state level.  The contest is March 18 – 21, and we’ll announce our local performance date sometime in advance of that.

From that State Festival, two productions will be selected to travel to the Regional VI Festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico in April, and from that Fest, two shows will be invited to the National Festival in Grand Rapids Michigan in June.

For now – WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Traveling a show like this is an expensive proposition; we need to raise about $3,000 to cover the entire cost of the State Festival.  If you can help, you can send a check to us at Playhouse 2000, P.O. Box 290088, Kerrville, TX 78029.  Just note that your gift is for “AACT/Fest” and we’ll be sure it gets in the right place.

You can also donate to our online TILT campaign at

AACT Fest is an exciting project, and it brings this group a lot of satisfaction to know that they are representing the entire Playhouse 2000 family to the world.  Wish them luck!

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