Model-Actress Patricia Velasquez Joins Cast of Rivera's School of the Americas

News   Model-Actress Patricia Velasquez Joins Cast of Rivera's School of the Americas Supermodel-turned-actress Patricia Velasquez has joined the cast in the world premiere of José Rivera's School of the Americas starring John Ortiz as Che Guevara.
Patricia Velasquez.
Patricia Velasquez.

Mark Wing-Davey directs the co-production between the LAByrinth Theatre Company and The Public Theater to see the latter stage starting June 20 towards a July 6 opening. The run is currently scheduled through July 23 Inspired by his experience during the filming of his screen adaptation of "The Motorcycle Diaries" and based on historical fact, Rivera pens this new work set in the Bolivian jungle where Che Guevara (Ortiz) was captured and held in a one-room school house. There, a young school teacher (Velasquez) insists that she speaks to the famous revolutionary. Her conversation with Che is the basis for the work which will star Ortiz (Anna in the Tropics, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot).

Joining Ortiz and Velasquez in the cast are Karina Arroyave, Raul Castillo, Nathan LeBron and Felix Solis.

Velasquez — who makes her professional stage debut — has amassed acting credits in "The Mummy" movies and television stints on "American Family," "Ed," "Arrested Development," "Rescue Me" and "CSI: Miami."

Ortiz has appeared on Broadway in Anna in the Tropics and Off-Broadway in Rivera's References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot. For LAB, he has starred in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Guinea Pig Solo, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, Where’s My Money? and the forthcoming Jack Goes Boating with first-time co-stars (and co-artistic director) Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Wing-Davey has previously staged Henry V, 36 Views, The Skriker, Troilus and Cressida and Silence, Cunning, Exile at the Public Theater. The British director recently staged the musicalDirty Dancing in Sydney, Australia and Craig Lucas' Small Tragedy Off-Broadway. He is also known for his work on Caryl Churchill's Mad Forest.

For more information, visit www.labtheater.org.

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