2022-2023 Season


Bus Stop is a 1955 play by American playwright William Inge. Produced on Broadway, it was nominated for four Tony awards in 1956. It received major revivals in the United States and United Kingdom in 2010 and 2011.

The play is set in a diner about 25 miles west of Kansas City in early March 1955. A freak snowstorm has halted the bus, and the eight characters (five off the bus) have a weather-enforced layover in the diner from approximately 1 am to 5 am.

“Bus Stop… still impresses with its affirmation of basic human decency that seems in particularly short supply nowadays.”  LA Times

Dead Man’s Cell Phone – a comedy by Sarah Ruhl. An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough of it. And a dead man – with a lot of loose ends. So begins Dead Man’s Cell Phone.

Dead Man’s Cell Phone is a work about how we remember the dead – and how that memorialization changes us. It is the journey of a woman forced to confront her presumptions about morality, redemption, and isolation in a technologically obsessed society.

The Pandemonium Café – A New World Cabaret – In 2020 Polk State Theatre produced its first cabaret performance that included songs, dances, scenes, and monologues that commented on life in the pandemic.  Now in 2023 as we work our way forward, the new Pandemonium Café will endeavor to take us into the future in which we find ourselves with new songs, dances, and acting for our New World.

999 Avenue H NE, Winter Haven – Fine Arts Building

Curtain at 7:30; Sunday Matinees at 2:30
Box Office opens one hour prior to curtain.