Mother Road – Equity Video Submissions (Deadline 10.12.20)

San Diego Repertory Theatre
San Diego, CA

Job Details



LORT Non-Rep
$717/wk (LORT D – pending Equity approval of Health & Safety Plan)

Written by Octavio Solis
Viewing submissions:
Directed by Sam Woodhouse
Patrice Amon, Assistant Director
Kim Heil, Casting Director

Rehearse: 2/23/21
Preview: 3/18/21
Open: 3/24/21
Close: 4/11/21

All roles will have local, non-union understudies.

Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to submit.

San Diego REP is currently seeking actors for their production of MOTHER ROAD by Octavio Solis, directed by Sam Woodhouse. San Diego REP is committed to diverse casting. We encourage actors of all ethnicities, actors who are differently-abled, actors who are neuro-diverse, and actors who identify as LGBTQIA+ to audition. Non-AEA roles are also available.


William Joad (Man, White, 70s), a bitter, sour, bigoted old man who’s too damn stubborn to die; an old farmer from Oklahoma hiding liver cancer while looking for his kin, Tom Joad was his first cousin, ill, paid for Roger’s law school, former drinker, initially against “illegal” immigration, strong ties to his memories of the dust bowl, father abandoned family, calls Martin an ‘anchor baby’

Martín Jodes (Man, Latinx, 20s-30s), a Mexican-American young man looking for a home but who always seems to find trouble instead, documented, related to William (at least 1/4 white), Tom Joad was his great grandpa, worked as a laborer, knows farmwork, calls out injustice

Seven Chorus Members, from whom the following characters emerge:

Roger Graves (Man, White, 50s) Will’s friend and lawyer, investigates and travels in search of Martin in service to William, good lawyer and a helluva businessman but not a farmer, sees William as a replacement father, private civil transactional lawyer (also plays State Trooper, and Ranch Hand 3)

State Trooper (Man, White, 30s-40s) targets Latinx people in roadside stop and fights with Martin and Mo

Mo (Woman, Latinx, 20s-30s) Martín’s migrant worker ‘cousin’, scrappy and funny, defiant and deeply intuitive about the land, queer Chicana from Fresno, wants to take the farm organic

Amelia (Woman, Latinx, 20s-30s) Martín’s love, also a migrant worker, both romantic and gritty, appears out of time in non-realistic moments, she and her family work the fields, wants to be an engineer

James (Man, African-American, 30s-40s) Martín’s friend from his rough youth, was in Juvee with Martin, speaks in quasi-poetry, in the diversion program at Juvee, got the holy call, hears God in nature, calls himself Pastor Crazyman (also plays Fry Cook)

Fry Cook (Man, African-American, 30s-40s) content in his roadside cafe, disapproving of tourists

Ivy (Woman, 30s-40s) Waitress whose family also traveled out west from Oklahoma but settled along the way, becomes William’s mother in the dustbowl memory, Midwestern/western, uneducated, New Mexico/Okie type with a worn nametag and worn eyes (also plays Officer Hamilton)

Officer Hamilton (Woman, 30s-40s) helpful officer who processes Mo’s release and flirts with Mo

Abelardo (Man, Latinx, 50s-60s) a motel clerk with a duty to his father’s wishes (also plays Ranch Hand 2) – ALREADY CAST

Father of Abelardo (Man, Latinx, 30s-40s) deeply distrustful of los Oklahomas, appears only to
Abelardo, covered in sawdust and much younger than Abelardo (also plays Curtis)

Curtis (Man, Latinx, 30s-40s) a Choctaw ranch hand who accidentally shoots William but ultimately seeks forgiveness

On video, please perform two contrasting monologues, no more than 3 minutes total. Please upload your video to YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, or other third-party platform; please not send your audition video as a file attachment. Please email the link to your audition video to NO LATER THAN OCT. 12. Please include Pic & Res in your email as attachments.

Deadline: 10/12/2020