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.

 

 


 

 

 

Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You

By Christopher Durang

 

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.

 

Starring Shana Wride

Featuring Samantha Ginn, Tony Houck, Omri Schein, Michelle Marie Trester & Giovanni Cozic

Directed by Ruff Yeager

 

Diversionary Theatre

4545 Park Blvd. #101, San Diego, CA 92116

August 13  7:00 PM

 

There is no charge for this event

Donations at the door are greatly appreciated

 

Online Reservations have ended. Some seats will be available at the door; first come, first served.

 

 

Cast & Creative Team


 

 

Actor

 

Shana Wride appeared in the Roustabouts readings of The Price and The Little Foxes. She was most recently seen at Diversionary Theatre in 2.5 Minute Ride for which she received the 2017 Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Solo Performance by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle. She has worked as a theatre actor and director both locally and regionally at Cygnet Theatre, Diversionary Theatre, Intrepid Theatre, Moxie Theatre, Compass Theatre, The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, The Colony Theatre, Open Fist Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Gaslamp Quarter Theatre, Sledgehammer Theatre. While living in Los Angeles, she co-hosted the nationally syndicated radio show, “Women Aloud” with actor/comedienne Mo Gaffney.

 

 

 

Actor

 

Samantha is thrilled to be here with The Roustabouts!  Samantha had the pleasure of joining Ruff and Phil to The New York Fringe Festival for the hilarious hit, She-Rantulas From Outer Space in 3D!  Other previous credits include; Well, Scrooge in Rouge (Diversionary Theatre), Sylvia, The Weir, The Miss Firecracker Contest (New Village Arts), The North Plan, Edgar and Annabel/Far Away (ion theatre), The Revolutionists, Hickorydickory (Critics Circle Award), Trouble in Mind (Moxie Theatre), When It Comes (Old Globe Creative Catalyst), The Car Plays (La Jolla Playhouse), Seminar, Dog Sees God (InnerMission Productions), and The Warrior’s Duet (Circle Circle dot dot).  Samantha graduated from Sonoma State University with a B.A. in Theatre Arts.  She recently directed Falling for InnerMission Productions and Secret Superheroes for young adults with special needs in collaboration with Kids Act and New Village Arts. 

 

 

 

Actor

 

Tony is overjoyed to be performing in this show with people he admires. Some of his favorite credits include [title of show]; Last Fall; YANK!; Miss Gulch Returns; Harmony, Kansas; The Producers; Cabaret; Big River; Sylvia; The 1940’s Radio Hour; The Buddy Holly Story; Scrooge in Rouge (Craig Noel Award); and of course She-Rantulas from Outer Space in 3D. He also keeps busy music directing various shows around town, teaching, and walking his dog, Mr. Monty. He can be seen next in Avenue Q at New Village Arts. 

 

 

 

Actor

 

Omri is a San Diego-based performer/lyricist/playwright. As a writer: Withering Heights (2017 Premiere) with The Roustabouts Theatre Co., Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist (Published by Steele Spring Stage Rights and winner of the 2013 New York Musical Festival Award for Best Lyrics), Mambo Italiano, a musical based on the film of the same name (Westchester Broadway Theatre, 2019), The Grotesques (based on internationally-renown author Aharon Appelfeld's novella The Retreat), The Savoyard Murders (reading with Backyard Renaissance), as well as an upcoming musical adaptation of The Evolution Of Calpurnia Tate. Recently as a performer he has been seen in A Funny Thing…Forum at North Coast Repertory Theatre and at Lambs Players: Noises Off, The Explorer's Club, Beau Jest. New York: The People Vs. Mona (Off-Broadway/Cast Recording), Hell’s Belles, Henry V. International Tour: Grease. Regional: When You’re in Love, The Whole World Is Jewish (directed by Jason Alexander), A Funny Thing…Forum, Dear World, among others. San Diego: Withering Heights, Around the World In 80 Days, Laughter on The 23rd Floor, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Five Course Love, The Big Bang, The Underpants, When Pigs Fly, among others. MFA Musical Theatre SDSU. www.omri-schein.com

 

 

 

Actor

 

Michelle is happy to be joining The Roustabouts Theatre Co. once again after playing Nancy in the recent world premiere of Ruff Yeager’s new play, Romeo, Romeo & Juliet! San Diego credits include: The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds at Cygnet Theatre, 4000 Miles at ion theatre, Hand to God (u/s) at San Diego Repertory Theatre, Hackathon with Playwrights Project at The Old Globe, Same Time, Next Year at Oceanside Theatre Company, Noises Off with Premiere Productions at Welk Resort, and Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery and Flemming (An American Thriller) at Scripps Ranch Theatre. Elsewhere: Fight Dreams (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The XYZ Files (Off-Broadway), Little Piece of You (NYC International Fringe Festival), and the title role in Henry VI (The New School for Drama). She has also toured with her solo theatrical clowning show TO DO: to various festivals including the NYC International Fringe Festival. Film/Television credits include: Deadly Devotion (Discovery ID), Mary Pillard 2016 (Safe Circle Productions). Michelle has also served as a teaching artist at various schools around San Diego. MFA, The New School for Drama. www.MichelleMarieTrester.com

 

 

 

Actor

 

Giovanni is delighted to be working with The Roustabouts Theatre Co. for the first time! He has appeared on stage in the world premiere musical Up Here (La Jolla Playhouse), The Last Wife (Cygnet Theatre Company), Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (The Old Globe, 2015, 2017), and Gypsy (Cygnet Theatre Company). Mr. Cozic is 12 years old and spends his free time playing golf, cooking, and learning about U.S. history. Many thanks to his parents and his theatre family for their support and encouragement.

 

 

 

Director

 

Ruff Yeager is proud to be a Founding Partner of The Roustabouts Theatre Co. A product of the San Diego's East County, he graduated from Helix High School and then moved to Missouri for his college education; graduating from Evangel College (B.S.) and Missouri State University (M.A.). A professor of Theatre Arts at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Ruff enjoys teaching the next generation of actors, directors, and playwrights. As Artistic Director of Playwrights Projects' Plays by Young Writers, he mentors young California playwrights and oversees the artistic vision of the yearly festival. 

 

 


 

 

 

Real Women Have Curves

A Co-Production With Amigos Del Rep

By Josefina Lopez

 

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.

 

Featuring Kenia Ramirez, Cynthia Galaz Ochoa, Amanda Arbues-Guille, Lettie De Anda and Sandra Ruiz

Directed by Olivia Espinosa 

 

San Diego Repertory Theatre

79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101

September 17  7:00 PM

 

There is no charge for this event

Donations at the door are greatly appreciated

 

Online reservations coming soon.

 

 

Cast & Creative Team


 

 

Actor

 

Kenia is an actress who has performed in 18 plays. Her favorite so far being The Amish Project, Twilight Zone, Phantom of the Opera, Reverse-Quake, As It Is In Heaven, and La Visita. She performed her first Spanish play, La Visita, last year at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. She has been on an Improv team for 3 years and is currently majoring in Theatre and Communications. She has done Red Nose clown work and Suzuki work and has participated in 3 student films last year alone. She has won the Actress of the Year award in a biannual International talent competition (IMTA) in New York competing with people from all over Asia, Europe, and the United States.

 

 

 

Actor

 

Cynthia is an award-winning theatre student, writer, and actor. While at Southwestern College, she appeared The Vagina Monologues and The Reluctant Doctor.  She made use of her bilingual skills by playing two roles - in English as Patria, and in Spanish as Dede in the play In the Times of Butterflies. Cynthia performed in San Diego's Old Globe Theater in Quarter Cup and Fronteras Hechas del Dinero; both productions by Playwrights Project. Most recently, she performed in Ana In The Tropics in the role of Ofelia, and Blood Wedding playing The Mother. Cynthia is currently a transfer student at UCSD’s Theatre Department, where she is grateful to have a full scholarship.

 

 

 

Actor

 

Amanda is thrilled to work with Amigos del Rep & The Roustabouts Theatre Co. for the first time. Regional theatre credits include Olivia in Twelfth Night (The Old Globe/Globe for All), Maya/Bella Blackthorn in #SuperShinySara (La Jolla Playhouse/POP Tour), Aspen in El Largo Camino De Hoy (South Coast Repertory/Diálogos Project), and Adelita in La Adelita Americana (Theatre Row/United Solo Theatre Festival). Amanda has a B.F.A. in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. www.amandaarbues.com

 

 

Actor

 

Lettie is pleased to be part of this production.  She has a Masters in Theatre.  Her thesis production was one of Josephina Lopez’s other plays entitled Simply Maria, or the American Dream, and she is excited to work on another production by this playwright.  Besides acting Lettie also enjoys directing and teaching.  She works as a teaching artist for Diversionary Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Jr Theatre, an after-school program, a homeschool program and a private school in San Diego.  She has been teaching for about 20 years.

 

 

 

Actor

 

Sandra was last seen on stage with Moxie Theatre in The Madres. Some of her favorite credits include: The Motherf**ker with the Hat (Cygnet), Beachtown, In the Time of the ButterfliesCorridos/ RemixEarthquake Sun (San Diego Rep.), Enron, Expecting Isabel (Moxie), Lydia (Ion), Seven Spots on the Sun (InnerMission), Our Lady of the TortillaAs Bees in Honey Drown (Onstage Playhouse), James & the Giant Peach (Coronado Playhouse), 4.48 Psychosis & A Midsummer Night’s Dream (UCSD). Born and raised in San Diego, Sandra received her BAs in Theatre & Human Development from UCSD. 

 

 

 

Director

 

Olivia is a bilingual actor, playwright and director with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from SDSU. As a member of Native Voices at the Autry Artist Ensemble in Los Angeles, she helped launch and direct the ensemble play Stories from the Indian Boarding School. Other credits include Queens (La Jolla Playhouse, assistant dir.) directed by Carey Perloff; and Playwrights Project’s Out of the Yard (SDSU). In 2017, Olivia was the recipient of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s most prestigious award - The Phil Killian Directing Fellowship, where she assistant directed Off the Rails, directed by OSF’s Artist Director, Bill Rauch. www.OliviaEspinosa.com

 

 

 

Stage Manager

 

Born and raised in South East Los Angeles, Elizabeth Uribe has double B.A. degree in both Theater and Communications from UC San Diego, and focuses on Chicanx/Latinx studies, Indigeneity, and Social Justice issues. Her ASM and SM experiences include Little Red at Casa 0101, Mujeres En Resistencia at Centro Cultural de la Raza, and recently was involved with the San Diego Rep Latinx New Play Festival as Asst. Producer. In addition, she has worked as a coordinator, curator, and facilitator in cultural centers creating self-initiated programs pertaining to art, performance, and critical thinking, for students and community members. Elizabeth is also a member of Amigos del Repertory and is involved in the community as an activist and organizer. 

 

 

About Amigos del REP


 

Amigos del REP is a theatre advocacy council of community members and artists who promote Hispanic/Latino/Chicano theatre at San Diego Repertory Theatre. Amigos hosts the annual San Diego Rep Latinx New Play Festival, staged readings throughout the year, and the Historias Tenebrosas cultural festival.  For more information, please contact pamon@sdrep.org.

 

Founder: Herbert Siguenza

Executive Producer: Maria Patrice Amon

Producers: Dave Rivas, Sylvia Enrique

Leaders: Carmen Amon, Elizabeth Corrow, Melody de los Cobos, Jose Galvan, Rudy Gandara, Bryant Hernandez, Daniel Jáquez. Elsa Martinez, Salomon Maya, Vanessa Mendoza, John Padilla, Daniel Ramos, Yvette Roman, Marda Rose, Arusi Santi, Elizabeth Uribe, Mario Vega, Victoria Yvette Zepeda

 

  


 

 

The Philadelphia Story

 

The Philadelphia Story

By Philip Barry

 

The wealthy and well-established Lord family of Philadelphia is about to welcome the cream of society into their home for the second wedding of their daughter Tracy Lord to George Kittredge, a proudly priggish up-and-coming self-made coal mine manager.  Little sister Dinah, big brother Sandy, and ex-husband C.K. Dexter Haven do not believe that George is good enough for her. Unfortunately, father Seth’s philandering with a Broadway dancer causes a scandal which an unscrupulous media tycoon threatens to break -- unless he can send a reporter to cover this high society wedding from the inside.

 

Enter Macaulay “Mike” Connor, a writer of quality unwillingly slumming it on the society beat, who holds strong views against the old money-wielding upper class, and his faithful photographer Liz, whose romantic connection is not enough to stop the fascinated dance which ensues when Tracy and Mike meet and spar over class boundaries and champagne-addled declarations. Torn between three men, Tracy must determine whether or not she belongs on a pedestal.

 

The Philadelphia Story is a witty, sophisticated romp and a breezy and romantic story which explores family dynamics, class prejudice, and human frailty.

 

Starring Amanda Sitton

 

MOXIE Theatre

6663 El Cajon Blvd. , Suite N San Diego, CA 92115

November 20  7:00 PM

 

 


 

 

 

Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge

A New Roustabouts Tradition!

By Christopher Durang

 

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.

 

Directed by Ruff Yeager

 

Central Library - Neil Morgan Auditorium

 330 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101

 December 15  2:00PM

 

 


 

 

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

 

gUnTOPIA

By Will Cooper

Starring Amanda Sitton Wallace

Directed by Kim Strassburger