The Riverfront Playhouse

Bus Stop
by William Inge
Directed by Gary Puckett

 Audition dates:
Sunday, March 26, 7:00 pm
Monday, March 27, 7:00 pm 

Performances run from May 5 through June 10
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm

- About the Show -

Directed by Gary Puckett, William Inge's comedy, Bus Stop, is a true ensemble piece, filled with sentimental characters and a slice-of-life storyline.

Bus Stop is set in a diner about 25 miles west of Kansas City in early March 1955. A freak snowstorm has halted bus travel forcing a layover in the diner for all the passengers.

Director Gary Puckett is looking to cast a total of 5 men and 3 women for the show. The characters are described as follows:

  • Grace Hoylard – Owner of the diner, a "grass widow". She is fortyish, and pretty in a fading, hard-bitten way. She has a passionate side to her nature, loving a good fight and the attentions of a good man.
  • Elma Duckworth – An intelligent, but naive and impressionable high school girl. She is Grace's waitress.
  • Will Masters – The local sheriff. Tough as nails and brusque in manner, but goodhearted and a staunch Christian, described as a "deacon of his church". A highly "moral" man in the general sense of the word.
  • Dr. Gerald Lyman – A college philosophy professor who is articulate and charming but cannot hold a position, partially due to his resistance to any kind of authority, and partially due to his unfortunate taste for young women. He also has an obvious drinking problem.
  • Cherie – A pretty young woman who comes from a difficult "hill folk" background, and has left her innocence far behind. She is an aspiring nightclub singer, but has never worked in any establishment above the level of "cheap dive".
  • Bo Decker – A brash young cowboy with boorish manners that hide a naiveté almost as profound as Elma's. He has convinced himself that Cherie will be his bride, though Cherie wants nothing to do with him.
  • Virgil Blessing – An older, wiser cowboy who has become a father figure to Bo (who was orphaned at the age of ten) as well as Bo's head ranch hand.
  • Carl – The bus driver, who has an ongoing "just passing through" relationship with Grace. As referenced repeatedly, this is purely sexual in nature.

It would be ideal if the actor playing Virgil Blessing is capable of playing Guitar and singing.

Performances will be Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, May 5 - June 10, 2017 . Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Head shots are not required.

Auditions are open to anyone interested, there are no appointments necessary.

by Don Nigro
Directed by Craig Gustafson

Audition dates:
May 29 & 30

Performances run from July 7 through August 12
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm

Excellent mystery/comedy (witty, more than physical).
Terrific parts for 5 women and 1 man.
More info to come.


Auditions will be by appointment only.
Will be accepting appointments at the beginning of May.

Persons interested in assisting with the technical aspects of the production are also encouraged to attend.

(630) 897-9496
13 South Water Street, Aurora, Illinois, 60505
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