Monday, January 13, 2014

In the Wings: Bus Stop. Meet Keanna Patterson.


Keanna Patterson plays Elma Duckworth in Bus Stop, the third show in the 2013-2014 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. William Inge wrote the script.

Question: Why did you audition for Bus Stop?
Keanna Patterson: It seemed like a really fun play to do. Then Mr. Radtke is co-directing, and I've worked with him multiple times before. I'd also heard of Steve Martin many times, so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to work with both of them and get to be in my first MainStage play. It seemed like a perfect combination.

Q: Who is Elma Duckworth?
K.P.: Elma Duckworth is a high schooler working at Grace's Diner. She is a very curious, fascinated girl who loves to ask questions of people who come into the diner.

Q: What is fun about playing Elma Duckworth?
K.P.: Being a little bit of a girly girl. I'm not like that, and never have been. It's fun to see what that's like.

Q: Imagine that you are stuck at 1:30 a.m. in a diner that has a full working kitchen. What do you order?
K.P.: I would order pancakes with maple syrup and butter, and bacon, and extra bacon and more bacon.

Bus Stop runs Friday, January 17 through Saturday, February 1 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street, at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday shows begin at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased by calling 765-423-7529 or visiting

The mission of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is to enhance the artistic and cultural environment of Greater Lafayette through theatrical productions and educational opportunities.

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