PETER - (late 20’s), male, black American busser/runner, easily the best at his job, a born New Yorker, lives uptown in West Harlem with his long-term girlfriend and daughter, four year veteran of the restaurant; his casually gruff fallback demeanor belies his deep moral convictions. He is rarely effusive and with the exception of his outbursts near the end of the play, he is detached, cool, emotions always in check. Seemingly unshakeable.
JORGE - (late 20’s), male, Mexican busser/runner, immigrated from Puebla almost four years ago, lives in Corona. Short but maybe slightly taller than Pepe, indigenous features, reserved, a quiet maturity and deliberateness in his manner. A significant level of comfort/familiarity with the U.S. culture/people. A quiet sense of judgment comes from him at times; he is not so harmless as he may initially appear. Has been faithfully sending money home to his wife and children for the past four years.
PEPE - (early 20s), male, Mexican busser/runner, immigrated from Juarez three months ago, lives in Corona as well but in a different building. Short with indigenous features, eager, restless, lacking a poker face in all ways. He is excited and excitable in this new life in New York. His youth is apparent in his weakness for instant gratification and the shiny, the new, the cool, be it an object or relationship.
WHALID - (mid to late 20’s), male, busser/runner, has worked at the restaurant a few weeks, third generation Mexican-American, grandparents from Oaxaca, grew up in Coney Island with the only Mexicans around him his immediately family/grandparents. Might still lives with his parents but he certainly does not advertise it and plans to get his own apartment as soon as he can. Carries a sense of knowing on any given topic, quick-tongued, above average height, handsome, very Brooklyn, seems more Puerto Rican/Italian than Mexican. His love of romantic conquests is a part of creating a respected adult persona for himself, as is trying to find work he can feel proud to do.