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The Roustabouts Theatre Co: Second Stage Readings Series

May 29, 2023: 7:30 PM
June 11, 2023: 7 PM
July 10, 2023: 7:30 PM
Multiple locations

'Dead Man's Cell Phone'

by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Phil Johnson

Featuring Sandy Campbell, Jason Maddy, Thomas Edward Daugherty, Vicky Dawson, Leigh Akin, Yolanda Franklin & Mikaela Macias

About the play:
An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café, a stranger at the next table who has had enough, and a dead man with a lot of loose ends…so begins Dead Man’s Cell Phone. A wildly imaginative new comedy by Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl. A work about how we memorialize the dead and how that remembering changes us. It is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a tech-obsessed world.

Monday, May 29, 2023  7:30 PM
San Diego Musical Theatre
4650 Mercury Street, San Diego, CA 92111

'Dead Man's Cell Phone' tickets here.

'Enter Laughing'

By Joseph Stein
Directed by Phil Johnson

Featuring Scott Striegel, Alex Guzman, Durwood Murray, Rin Ehlers Sheldon, Phil Johnson, Daren Scott, Jessica John, D. Candis Paule, Eliott Goretsky, Leigh Akin, Scott Striegel & Jason Heil

About the play:
A sidesplitting adaptation of the semi-autobiographical Carl Reiner novel. David Kolowitz (Reiner) is a sewing machine delivery boy who has his eyes set on theatrical stardom. His parents want him to become a druggist, but he defies them and leaves their dreams behind to be cast as the leading man in a third-rate theater company’s production. Culminating in a hilarious first performance where everything that can go wrong, does! This uproarious show is brought to life as only The Roustabouts can!

Sunday, June 11, 2023 7:00 p.m.
Jewish Community Center

"Enter Laughing" tickets here.

'True West'

By Sam Shepard
Directed by Phil Johnson

Featuring David McBean & Jason Maddy

About the play:
Austin is an intelligent, ivy-league screenwriter – his unpredictable brother Lee is a con artist and petty thief. Austin is battling writer’s block when these two estranged brothers meet in their mother’s desert home. The pressure rises as the brothers slowly draw closer, as if being sucked into an inevitable black hole. The past is recalled, old grudges recounted, and typewriters are smashed right on stage. A wild, funny, and brooding classic story of conflict, True West has been called Sam Shephard’s “masterwork” and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1983.

Monday, July 10, 2023 7:30 p.m.
Scripps Ranch Theatre

"True West" tickets here.

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