Pilgrim Soul Productions, in collaboration with ValleyCAST!, announces the opening of its 2011 fall season with a production of William Inge’s bittersweet human comedy Bus Stop. The play opens a two weekend run on Friday, September 9, at the GB and Lexi Singh Performance Center, located in the historic Whitin Mill at 50 Douglas Road in Whitinsville, MA. Evening performances are at 8:00 p.m. on September 9, 10, 16, and 17, with a final matinee performance at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 18. Tickets are $15.00, or $12.00 per ticket for groups of 10 or more.

To reserve tickets, call 508-296-0797, or send email to pilgrimsoulproductions@gmail.com or tom.saupe@alternativesnet.org . Tickets are also available at the door. For directions visit http://www.alternativesnet.org/directions.asp . The play is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Set in the 1950s in the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and five weary travelers are forced to take shelter until morning. A nightclub chanteuse, a belligerent cowboy and his guitar-strumming sidekick, a hard-drinking college professor on the run from his past, the bus driver, the proprietor of the diner, and a naïve young waitress, reveal their hopes, dreams, loves and fears, while the town sheriff does his best to maintain order as the night progresses. Of the play’s author, The New York Post wrote: “William Inge should be a great comfort to all of us…he brings to the theatre a kind of warm-hearted compassion, creative vigor, freshness of approach and appreciation of average humanity that can be wonderfully touching and stimulating.”

Bus Stop was adapted for the screen and became a star vehicle for Marilyn Monroe in the 1950s. However, the play itself is an ensemble piece that delves into the lives of eight distinct characters. Pilgrim Soul’s upcoming production features local area performers Dave Clark, Al Dano, Steven Dulude, Brian Flagg, Patti Hughes, Brenda Jenkins, Sarah Kary, and Robert C. Latino, directed by Matthew J. Carr, the company’s founder and artistic director.

Earlier this year Pilgrim Soul Productions garnered critical acclaim for its stagings of Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine at the Singh and Hugh Leonard’s Da at the Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre. The theater company is currently about to begin rehearsals for two additional plays to round out its 2011 season.