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An Actor Escapes

Jul 21, 2010 4:45 PM | 0 comments

The mercurial talents of John Ortiz

have beguiled followers of the stage and screen for nearly two decades. From his boyhood days spent in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Mr. Ortiz has emerged as one of the most versatile and adventurous actors working today, appearing (and disappearing) in the skins of icons (Che Guevara, Othello), henchmen (Public Enemies, Miami Vice), and, in his debut role, as the cousin of Al Pacino in Carlito’s Way. He has materialized on stages across the world as co-founder and member of New York’s LABryinth Theater Company, and will next be seen in the film adaptation of LAB’s Jack Goes Boating, directed by friend and fellow company member Philip Seymour Hoffman. While you wait for his resurfacing, here are some of Mr. Ortiz’s favorite escapes when in between roles and enjoying the summer back home in Bushwick:

For Children

1.  The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

2.  Everywhere Coquis! The Song of Puerto Rico by Nancy Hooper
3.  Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
5.  The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper


For Adults

1.  The Brief Wondrous Life if Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

2.  The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

3.  One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

4.  On the Road by Jack Kerouac
5.  Clemente by David Maraniss

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