GreenMan Theatre sets auditions on June 2-3 for ‘8 to the Bar 2024’

GreenMan Theatre Troupe will hold auditions for “8 to the Bar 2024,” their fourth annual production of eight 10-minute plays on June 2-3.

No appointments are necessary for the auditions which begin at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday at First United Methodist Church, 232 S. York St., Elmhurst. Arrive no later than 8:30 p.m. in order to be seen.

Auditions will consist of short cold reading scenes. A variety of roles are available including one for a teenage boy.

“With plays with a variety of topics and characters, we as directors are looking to see the actors’ ranges,” said Becca Easley, fourth time “8 to the Bar” director and producer. “We want them to make big choices when we ask for that accent or to play the scene in a different style.”

With the topic “Revenge Is Sweet — Or Is It?” featured plays will be “Best Served Cold,” “The Curse,” “I Used to Be the Pretty One,” “In or Out,” “Just Desserts,” “The Replacement,” “The Resurrectionists,” “Tag” and a ninth bonus play, “Immersion Therapy.”

“There is so much fun packed into every one of these plays,” said David Stasevsky, a first-time “8 to the Bar” director. “I was surprised how, in only 10 minutes, each play becomes its own little universe, with characters you won’t find anywhere else.”

Directors for GreenMan’s “8 to the Bar 2024” plays are Melanie Bagal, Derek Dillon, Jim Doherty, Easley, G.F. Gallagher, Margie Gustafson, Gina Palmer, Stasevsky and Kate Vargulich.

“8 to the Bar 2024” will be performed July 12-14 at Chicago Dance Factory, 219 W. St. Charles Road in Villa Park. Tickets are $15 at the door, first-come, first-served; no reservations accepted. Learn more at

In its 20th season, GreenMan Theatre Troupe is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide a source of cultural enrichment and pride for the community by presenting diverse, quality productions and providing opportunities for personal growth in the theatrical arts. GreenMan has been presenting plays in Elmhurst since being founded in 2003. Past productions include “Dracula,” “Pride and Prejudice” and “Doubtful Abbey.”

GreenMan also offers classes and workshops for members and the community and welcomes new members and participants in all aspects of theater production. GreenMan programs are partially supported by Explore Elmhurst, as well as other individual and corporate donations.

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