Melinda Gilb & Steve Gunderson in Bakerfield Mist - Photo by Angie Clement

The Roustabouts Readings Series


The Roustabouts Theatre Co. is dedicated to entertaining, educating, and inspiring audiences in southern California by producing fresh visions of classics, well-known contemporary plays and new works. Don't miss our popular "Readings Series" with local artists and storytellers from the region.




Upcoming Readings & Events




The Roustabouts Solo Show Contest
Featuring New Writers & Performers Of San Diego


Moxie Theatre

6663 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115

June 26 & 27


Don’t miss The Roustabouts Theatre Co.'s 1st Annual Solo Show Contest featuring the writing and performing talent from 4 new artists. There are few worlds better suited to express the writers’ own voice, ideas and abilities then in a one-person show. This genre is dear to our hearts and The Roustabouts Theatre Co. is devoted to helping local writers/performers develop better and higher quality pieces, as well as increase their visibility and spread the good news of San Diego’s endless well of extraordinary talent.


The evening is a culmination of ongoing workshops which are focused on fine-tuning plays and projects by new writers/performers. Marni Freedman (The 7 Essential Writing Tools) and Phil Johnson (The Roustabouts, founding member) will shape and direct these pieces for this one-night-only event and each will judged by several established San Diego critics. The pieces will then be considered for further production opportunities.


With a hope to add these up and coming writers to the roster of current TRTC writers, which include Will Cooper (Margin of Error), Marni Freedman & Phil Johnson (A Jewish Joke), Ruff Yeager (She-Rantulas from Outer Space in 3D), Omri Schein (Withering Heights), Rachael VanWormer (The Sighting), and more, this evening of new and emerging writers and performers promisses to be a night of theatre you will not want to miss!





The Sighting

By Rachael VanWormer


Date and Venue TBA


Starring Brian Mackey

Directed by Lisa Berger






Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You

By Christopher Durang


August: Date and Venue TBA


Starring Shana Wride

Directed by Ruff Yeager


Sister Mary Ignatius has happily been teaching children about the glories of Catholicism and the perils of sin and hellfire for years at her church. She lectures members on her strict beliefs while showing off her newest pupil, obedient young Thomas. Sister Mary’s lecture soon takes a dark turn when four of her former pupils arrive to perform a religious pageant for her. Sister Mary is horrified to learn that one of her former students has become the happy mother of an illegitimate child, one is a content homosexual, and another has had two abortions.


What’s a good shepherd to do when her flock has strayed so far from the path of righteousness? The results may surprise you. Deeply unsettling, yet absolutely hilarious, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You examines sharp truths about human nature and religion.






Real Women Have Curves

A Co-Production With Amigos Del Rep

By Josefina Lopez


October: Date and Venue TBA


Curves on a blossoming young woman can be sexy, but not if you are told you have too many of them. Real Women Have Curves is a humorous and warmhearted look at a Mexican-American teenage girl coming of age in a boiling cauldron of cultural expectations, class constrictions, family duty, and her own personal aspirations.






Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge

A New Roustabouts Tradition!

By Christopher Durang


December: Date and Venue TBA


Directed by Ruff Yeager


The Roustabouts Theatre Co. invites you to the 2nd Annual ultimate Christmas party with the drunken Mrs. Bob Cratchit, the bumbling Ghost of Christmas Past, and the eternally cranky Ebenezer Scrooge. They're joined by the rest of Dickens' beloved characters in Durang's mash-up of the season's most beloved stories: A Christmas Carol, The Gift of the Magi, It's a Wonderful Life, and more! 


'Tis the season for regret, envy, and greed as Mrs. Bob Cratchit ditches the hubby and the brats for a hilariously twisted adventure all her own. So fill your glass with laughter, garnish it with a few "bah humbugs," and join the wild binge with a few of San Diego's most talented actors as the award-winning The Roustabouts Theatre Co. presents Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge.





Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge Reading

Past Readings


Bakersfield Mist

By Stephen Sachs

Starring Steve Gunderson and Melinda Gilb

Directed by Shana Wride


Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge

By Christopher Durang

Starring Linda Libby

Directed by Ruff Yeager


The Little Foxes

By Lillian Hellman

Starring Shana Wride

Directed by Ruff Yeager


The Price

By Arthur Miller

Starring Tom Stephenson & Phil Johnson

Directed by Rosina Reynolds


The Grotesques

By Omri Schein, After book by Aharon Appelfeld

Starring Sandy Campbell & Rosina Reynolds

Directed by Shana Wride



By Will Cooper

Starring Amanda Sitton Wallace

Directed by Kim Strassburger