Director: Armando Molina
Playwright: Elizabeth Irwin
Producer: Stephen Sachs
Rehearsals: start on/about March 1
Perf Dates: April 9 – June 5
Performances: Sat 3pm & 8pm, Sun 3pm, Mon 8pm
STORYLINE: Four busboys in the kitchen of an upscale restaurant learn the hard way how to deal with pay cuts that could jeopardize their dreams for a better life, their dignity and their friendship. Fast-paced, hip and funny, the play brings to colorful life the camaraderie, sharing of dreams, competition and traitorous backstabbing that climaxes with a powerful dramatic turn at the end. Immigration, the minimum wage crisis, rights for undocumented workers, and citizenship lie at the center of this fast-moving, funny and powerful new LA premiere that examines the true meaning of ”home” and how far we’re willing to go to get there.
[PETER] – African American, 25-35, lives in Harlem. The confident crew leader and firecracker-in-chief, quick-witted, high-spirited, veteran of the place, ambitious, driven, seems to have a bead on how every aspect of the business runs. Painfully aware that his managerial skills far surpass his current position. Teases and bucks up his teammates, keeps a watchful eye, a natural storyteller and mimic. His energetic demeanor belies his worries over keeping his young daughter happy and safe. He is cool, in command, seemingly unshakeable. Until …
[WHALID] – 25 -35, third-generation Mexican American. A brash, trash-talking jokester from Brooklyn whose work ethic is decidedly more lax. Cocky, wisecracking, handsome. He is so well assimilated that he thought he was Puerto Rican until he was a teenager. Busing tables is just a stop on the way to becoming an EMT. Or something.
[PEPE] Mexican, 20s, from the drug-running city of Juarez only three months ago. Simple-minded illegal worker. Eager to learn and please, restless, vulnerable. Naive and happy in his new life and sending as much as he can to his brother in Mexico, yet prone to blowing his pay on nightclubs and new clothes.
[JORGE] Mexican, 25 – 30, been at the restaurant the longest. Peter’s right-hand man and best friend on the job. Serious, single-minded, simmering with a quiet intensity, lives frugally so he can faithfully send money back home to someday build a house for his wife and children in Puebla. Reserved, level-headed, a quiet maturity, deliberate. A strong, deep, quiet sense of judgment.
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