Local Acting Student Raises Money to Fight Breast Cancer
Riley Ceder, a 17-year-old senior studying theater at a local performing arts high school, recently combined his talent for acting with his concern for breast cancer in a fundraising effort for the Los Angeles County affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Earlier this summer, Ceder founded the Bear Feet Theatre Company which, over Labor Day Weekend, staged a series of benefit performances of the Woody Allen play The Floating Light Bulb, with all of the proceeds—nearly $7000—earmarked for the charity. Ceder, who executive produced and played a role in the play, became interested in the fight to cure breast cancer through three aunts who are survivors of the disease. He and the members of his troupe plan to formally make their donation in October (National Breast Cancer Awareness Month).
Just prior to producing The Floating Light Bulb, Ceder appeared in Runaways by Elizabeth Swados at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has also worked with the Center Theatre Group’s “Young Artist Theatre” program, and performed the role of Major Tom in Liftoff (adaptation of Heart of Darkness). He has earned nominations (and several wins) of the coveted “Drama Teachers Association of Southern California” Award. Last summer, Ceder was chosen to play the lead role in Adam Baum and the Jew Movie, a production directed by Paul Mazursky. When not acting, Ceder enjoys playing the piano and catching a great movie with friends.