Guerra with Trujillo in “From Inside”, their first production with ZU.
How long have you been involved with Zero Untitled and what was your first production?
I started Zero Untitled in the fall semester of 2014. I have currently been in ZU for about six months.
What is your best memory of any ZU production?
I would say my best memory of ZU would be the auditions for the One Acts during the fall semester. I sat there alone quietly, not saying anything or volunteering for any auditions. I remember mostly looking at the people and seeing how honestly weird they were. However, I would have never predicted how accepting ZU and its crew are of people. I would have never assumed how close I would become to these people. Although, my favorite “production” memory would have to be [playing] the White Rabbit for the Dark Tour [in] “The Wonderland Massacre” written by the wonderful Katherine Orozco.
Trujillo as the White Rabbit.
What project or projects are you currently working on with the company?
I am currently working on rehearsing for an Improv group known as Premature Punchline. I am also currently working on a couple of productions for our next event Causa Mortis.
What kind of future project would you like to dabble in?
I would love to do miming and also do a short film of some sort. I would love to also perform in what is known as a Happening.
If you can play any role in any show for ZU, what would it be?
I would love to play some sort of creepy psychotic part. People in ZU see me as such a nice, lovable person, but I want to play a human role that would creep them out in a cringe-worthy type of way. I would also like to be given a chance at a romantic role. Finally, I would also like to be given the opportunity to direct some production for experience.
How do you prepare for a role once you are cast?
My main and most entertaining method for me to prepare for a role is to go out late at night and rehearse my lines out loud in a secluded place.
Trujillo being punished by audience members in “Penalty Hat” in a recent Premature Punchline performance.
What do you expect from the audiences of ZU shows?
Well first I expect them to show up. Although, what I truly expect from the audiences is for them to let us entertain with our creative, original ideas for plays, immersive theatre, poems, and events. I hope that they realize that not all theatrical productions have to be comedic or “happy” to be entertaining. Also, for them to like us on Facebook!
Trujillo (center) after being penalized in the Christmas Textual Overture.
There are a lot of new people in the productions. What would you tell people that are new to ZU?
Do not be afraid to be yourself. ZU is filled with weird people that have a variety of personalities and interests. I am positive you will find someone to talk to since we are such a diverse group.
Any final statements?
Zero Untitled is the best college-based decision I have made so far. I am truly honored to be a member and I cannot wait to produce my own ideas for ZU. My advice to anyone that is reading this is to give us a try. We may be different when it comes to entertainment, but we entertain to please in our own original ways. And I promise you will make many friends here in this giant family. BE YOU WITH ZU!!