The T. Schreiber New Works Initiative continues our 2018-2019 season with a staged reading of The Last, Best Small Town by John Guerra on Sunday May 5.

The Last Best Small Town a Staged Reading at T. Schreiber Studio

The Last, Best Small Town tells the story of two neighboring families–one Latinx and one white–who live in the small southern California town of Fillmore. As the first decade of the 21st century unfolds, the children of these families come of age, fall in love, and suffer loss, as they continually hunt for their place in a world that can no longer promise them a better life than their parents.


  • Wednesday, April 24th from 6-9:50 PM
  • Saturday, April 27th from 3-7 PM

CALLBACKS: Sunday, April 28th from 2-5 PM
REHEARSALS: May 1 & 3 from 2-6PM & May 4 from 2:30-6:30 PM
PERFORMANCES: Sunday, May 5 at 3PM and 7PM

See character breakdown below with links to the script and sides.

T. Schreiber Studio values diversity in casting. There is flexibility in age range for some of the roles listed. We encourage actors of all backgrounds to audition.


Please bring your picture and resume with you to the audition.

No phone calls, please. Limited times available. You must be fully available for all rehearsal and performance times listed above to audition – no exceptions. Please check your schedules carefully. If you don’t see any available times, all audition slots have been filled. If you don’t have an appointment but would still like to be seen, you may come to the auditions (dates and times listed above) and we will fit you in if time permits.

Download full SCRIPT for The Last, Best Small Town.


PLAYWRIGHT – (30s-40s, all ethnicities). Male or female. The narrator of the play.

CHUY – (60s, Latinx) Benny’s father, Elliot’s paternal grandfather, and a retired plumber at a local plumbing company.

BENNY – (Late 40s/Early 50s, Latinx). Chuy’s son and Elliot’s father. Married to Della, he is a Southern California native who has lived his entire life in Fillmore, California. He spends his days working as a mechanic at a car dealership in Valencia.

HANK – (50s, White) a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, the editor of the local paper, and Willow’s husband. He likes a green lawn.

DELLA – (Late 40s/Early 50s, Latinx). Benny’s wife and Elliot’s mother. An unwavering supporter of her family. She works as a cleaning lady for the Fillmore Best Western during the week and runs her own home maid service on the weekends to help pay the bills.

WILLOW – (Late 40s/Early 50’s, White). Hank’s wife and Maya’s mother.  A force to be reckoned with, Willow Miller was once an activist who pursued (and completed) two degrees. Now she is a housewife who manages almost every aspect of Miller house with aplomb.

ELLIOT – (Late Teens/Early 20’s, Latinx). Benny and Della’s son. Elliot Gonzalez is the Fillmore High School valedictorian of 2004. People call him Eli (pronounced EL-EE).

MAYA – (Late Teens/Early 20’s, White). Hank and Willow’s daughter. She is the Fillmore High School debate team captain elect, an all around great student, and a complete bad ass.