Unhinged Premiering at the Riverside Theatre

Published: Apr. 14, 2006 at 10:15 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 14, 2006 at 10:16 PM EDT
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Riverside 2 Presents the World Premier of Unhinged by Catherine Bush

Performance Schedule

Opening Night:
April 20 at 8pm

Regular Performances:
April 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 & 29 at 8pm
April 22, 23, 29 & 30 at 2pm

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by
calling the Box Office at 1-800-445-6745 or 231-6990.

About the Show

Unhinged deals with the encounter between Catherine, a struggling playwright, and Bill, a world-weary oracle who hopes to inspire her to write.

Catherine comes to Independence, Kansas to attend the William Inge Theatre Festival, to network and, hopefully, get some help in overcoming her writer's block. When Catherine wanders into Mt. Hope Cemetery, it is with the sole intention of paying tribute to its most famous occupant, the playwright William Inge. Instead she comes face-to-face with Bill, a chain-smoking cynic who claims to be the dead playwright's ghost. All he has to do is prove it. What follows is a rollercoaster ride through the world of inflated egos, questionable suicides and turkey calling competitions. Before the ride is over, Catherine must determine for herself what is truth and what is not…and what makes a miracle.

William Inge was born in 1913 in Independence, Kansas and would use his knowledge of small town life in many of his plays. Upon earning his Masters degree in 1943, Inge moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where he landed a job as the drama and music critic for the St. Louis Times. During the course of his duties at the Times, Inge became friends with Tennessee Williams who invited the young critic to attend a production of The Glass Menagerie. Inge was so inspired by Williams' play that he decided to try his hand as a playwright. After completing his first script in 1947, Farther Off from Heaven, Inge sent a copy to Williams who recommended it for production and the play was produced in Dallas, Texas.

Inge's next effort, Come Back, Little Sheba earned him the title of "most promising playwright of the 1950 Broadway season", but his career was only beginning to gain momentum. He followed this success with Picnic in 1952, which won a Pulitzer Prize.  Next came Bus Stop, which he would later adapt into a successful film starring Marilyn Monroe. And in 1957, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, a reworking of his first play, premiered on Broadway.

By this time, critics were hailing Inge as another Tennessee Williams. Unfortunately, his later works would not fulfill that promise and a string of box office failures, both with audiences and critics, followed. Inge's only real success during the next decade was his screenplay for Splendor in the Grass (1961) for which he won an Academy Award. Convinced that he could no longer write, Inge fell into a deep depression, and in 1973, took his own life at his Hollywood Hills home.
Catherine Bush was born in Michigan and raised in Kentucky where she graduated with a degree in Industrial Technology from Eastern Kentucky University. After designing vacuum cleaners for Whirlpool for a while, she discovered a passion for theatre and moved to New York at the age of 30 to study acting and playwriting.