‘Waiting for Lefty’ auditions held

The Cerritos College Theatre Department held auditions for its upcoming show “Waiting for Lefty” on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 6 p.m. inside the Studio Theater (BC 31).

The show, which is directed by Kevin Slay, is about six people who each have different backgrounds but have one thing in common – they’re each a cab driver and experiencing economic indigence. The play is split up into six vignettes that explains how each character has the choice to determine their destinies to a certain extent.

Students were able to rehearse their lines outside of the theatre before actually auditioning.

Business major, Andrew M. Rogers, who auditioned for the role of Miller (lab assistant) said, “My audition was amazing. I knocked it out of the park with a really good monologue from the play “Dust.’”

Although Rogers is a business major, this is not his first show while at Cerritos College. He was also in ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ in Spring 2014.

Auditioning for the role of Joe, theatre major Mark Martinez explained why he chose that role, “He’s my age, and in the character description it said he’s a union leader. I’m not a union leader but I’m a minority.”

Main character, Joe, is a working-class taxi driver who eventually becomes one of the union strike leaders.

If Martinez gets chosen to play Joe, it will be his first lead out of the four shows he has been in.

Arturo Gasca, English major, also auditioned for the role of Joe. “While I was rehearsing my lines, I visualized how Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad would act out my lines. I was nervous at first and after thinking about him, it changed,” explains Gasca about his audition process.

English major, Denise Rodriguez, whom has no acting experience, auditioned for the role of Edna. Edna is Joe’s wife and also the most angry character in the play.

“I was scared and nervous but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be,” said Rodriguez.

The show is set to open Oct. 10 at 8 p.m., along with additional show dates on Oct. 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18. The final show is set for Oct. 19 at 2 p.m.

Auditions continue Thursday, Aug. 21.

For ticket prices and further information about the show, contact the Cerritos College Theatre Department at (562) 467-5058.