The Texas State Department of Theatre and Dance will kick off its Mainstage season Oct. 6 with A View from the Bridge.
The University Star sat down with Nick Ortiz, theater senior, who plays Eddie Carbone in the production. Ortiz discussed how he got into acting and what audiences can expect from the show.
The production, which is directed by Melissa Utley, runs from Oct. 6-11 at the Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre.
Juliana Adame: Can you give me a brief description of your character?
Nick Ortiz: He is a hardworking, second-generation longshoreman that has raised his sister-in-law’s niece. It seems he’s always about to boil over at any point. Being in this tight, confined house is what boils the pot over.
JA: Could you describe the character in one word?
NO: I would say animalistic.
JA: What drew you to this play?
NO: I did this previously with a smaller production in the Directing II festival. I had a little dabble in this character, and so the idea of possibly being able to do it in its entirety with a legitimate director and full-on production made me excited. That idea was incredibly attractive and drew me in and I wanted to work as hard as I could to possibly get this role and possibly be a part of the production, and I became incredibly passionate through that session of it.
JA: What has the rehearsal process been like?
NO: Fast. The day the cast list went up, we had rehearsal that night. And we went at it with the gas pedal all the way down—full throttle. It’s just been fast and hard-hitting, and an incredible amount of dedication from the cast as well as the production team. The bar was set very hard the first week.
JA: How did you get started in theatre?
NO: I didn’t know anything about acting my senior year of high school. I took acting in high school to get a fine arts credit. I think senior year I fell in love with the idea of acting because I didn’t know anything about it. I was kind of late to the party. Coming here (to Texas State), I decided that was what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.
JA: Who are some of your acting inspirations?
NO: Robert Downey Jr. I watch every single one of his films. I’m very inspired by comedy, so Charlie Chaplin is my big guy.
JA: Do you have a favorite play, or Arthur Miller piece?
NO: This is my favorite Arthur Miller piece. I can’t stand musicals, but I do love Jersey Boys, just because I’m a Frankie Valli fan. I would have to say right now, where I am in my life, (my favorite play) would have to be Zoot Suit. It’s a beautiful show.
JA: What should people expect from this show?
NO: They’ll question the difference between what is just and what is right.
JA: What do you think people will take away from this piece?
NO: It's better to settle for half.
JA: Final thoughts?
NO: Come see a damn good show.