Act 1* The play opens inside a restaurant near a bus stop in a small Kansas town. * It is about 1 am in the 1950s during the month of March. * Cafe workers Grace and Elma are discussing whether or not the restaurant will stay open later than normal because there is a bus expected to arrive soon. * Sheriff Will comes in and tells Grace and Elma that the roads are closed all the way to Topeka and telephone lines are done because of the blizzard. * Grace is married to a man who wanders away from home and stays away for days at a time. They do not get along well. * Elma is a good high school student. * Cherie was a passenger on the bus and walks into the restaurant carrying a suitcase. She looks unkempt, but is wearing a sequin dress and gilded sandals and has a Southern accent. * Cherie...
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