Mark Wing-Davey to Direct Jose Rivera's School of the Americas with Ortiz as Guevara

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Mark Wing-Davey has signed on to direct the forthcoming world premiere of Jose Rivera's School of the Americas starring John Ortiz as Che Guevara.
LAB co-artistic director and actor John Ortiz.
LAB co-artistic director and actor John Ortiz.

The co-production between the LAByrinth Theatre Company and The Public Theater will see the stage in the spring at the latter's downtown home. Dates and further details are yet to be announced.

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 was captured and held in a one-room school house where a young school teacher insists that speak 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).

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.

LAB currently presents Rivera’s Massacre (Sing To Your Children) through Oct. 23 at The Public's Shiva Theatre. Kate Whoriskey directs.

Next up for LAB, starting Nov. 28, will be The Barn Series. This annual collection of staged readings (free and open to the public) of works by up-and-coming as well as established playwrights will feature Carlo Alban's Itringulis, Stephen Belber's A Small Melodramatic Story, Eric Bogosian's 1 + 1, Raul Castillo's City of Palms, Andrea Ciannavei's Pretty Chin Up, Cusi Cram's All the Bad Things, Stephen Adly Guirgis's Little Flower of East Orange, an untitled play by Brett C. Leonard, Megan Mostyn-Brown's Going After Alice and Michael Puzzo's She Talks To Rainbows. Cram’s All The Bad Things will then go on to further development for a 15 performance engagement with performances starting in late January, 2006. The story follows Fernanda, who lives in a small Greenwich Village apartment with her sick mother and her unemployed husband when she learns of her brother-in law's recent converting to the Mormon faith and her rent stabilized apartment is about to become de-stabilized.

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