Theatre Arts grad returns to direct ‘Italian American Reconciliation’

A University of the Incarnate Word theatre arts graduate who’s done his own movies

is guest director for “Italian American Reconciliation,” a comedy, scheduled April 19-21 and 25-27.

Bryan Ortiz, maker of “Dr. S Battles the Sex Crazed Reefer Zombies” shot on the UIW campus, is working with the cast of the last play of the spring in Cheever Downstage II Theatre.

Love in New York City’s “Little Italy” is the setting for John Patrick Shanley’s play, described as a “hilarious comedy” that’s “part tall tale and part a slice of New York Americana, Italian style.”

The play was first performed in 1986 at Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Conn., and opened two years later in New York.

Shanley, considered one of Broadway’s most popular playwrights, is also the author of the movie, “Moonstruck.”


Performance times for “Italian American Reconciliation” will be 8 p.m. April 19-20 and 26-27; 2 p.m. April 21; and 7 p.m. April 25.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for non-UIW students with I.D., and $6 for groups of 10 or more.

UIW students, faculty and staff can attend free with I.D., but may purchase a second ticket for a guest at the $8 discounted rate.


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