John Ortiz began last season by starring in LAByrinth Theatre Company's summer 2000 production of Stephen Adly Guirgis' Jesus Hopped the "A" Train. He went on to repeat his portrayal of a prison inmate in a 2001 remounting of the production (for which he received a Drama Desk Award nomination) and star with Rosie Perez in References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot at the Public Theater (to say nothing of his new television series, "The Job").
Perhaps hoping to repeat the good fortune of the last twelve months, Ortiz is beginning this season in the same fashion — by starring in another summer LAByrinth venture. He will headline John Patrick Shanley's Where's My Money? at the Center Stage space Off Broadway. The play will begin performances June 19. No closing date has been named. Shanley will direct. David Deblinger, Yetta Gottesman, Florencia Lozano, Chris McGarry and Paula Pizzi are also in the cast. Money concerns two Brooklyn divorce lawyers and the women in their lives and is described as "a murderous parable about the battle of the genders" which "seesaws between why women want money and what men will do for sex."
Shanley's was represented on the Off-Broadway stage just this past winter, directing his own play, Cellini, at Second Stage. His other plays include Danny and the Deep Blue Sea and Four Dogs and a Bone.
LAByrinth recently wrapped up a run of Erin Cressida Wilson's The Trail of Her Inner Thigh. As chance would have it, it was directed by John Gould Rubin, who acted in Cellini.
Tickets are $15. Center Stage is located at 48 W. 21st St. In Manhattan. For more information, call (212) 905-0593. —By Robert Simonson