We look forward to producing Shakespeare at the Ranch every year, and with performances of Measure for Measure starting tomorrow, this summer is proving to be no different! Make sure you've got tickets to enter this topsy turvy world where dukes take confession, nuns face extortion, and everyone walks the all too thin line between saint and sinner.
Hailing from San Antonio, TX, Nicholas Robert Ortiz received his BFA in Acting from Texas State University. Nick is now based out of New York, NY, but you may have seen him recently in the FAC's production of Barnum: The Circus Musical. We're excited to keep him in Colorado for the summer to appear as Lucio in Measure for Measure. We caught up with Nick to talk about the play, and the actor behind the many masks of Vienna's (almost?) eternal bachelor.
Nick: San Antonio, TX
TW: Home now?
N: New York, NY
TW: Who are your theatrical idols?
N: I really dig Mark Rylance
TW: Bucket list roles?
N: Since we are doing Shakespeare- I'll say Iago, Jaques, Richard lll, and King Claudius.
TW: What do you hope audiences take away from Measure for Measure?
N: I hope they walk away asking questions, having discussions, and that a dialogue begins between people. Topics of Justice, power, morality, and why this story is still applicable, today.
TW: What do you find most relatable about Lucio?
N: The masks that he wears. There is a Japanese proverb that states that we all wear three masks. One we show the public, one we show to our friends, and one we never show anyone. I feel that is true with how Lucio presents himself throughout this play.
TW: What would Lucio be binge watching right now?
N: He'd be crying his eyes out watching Queer Eye, but tell everyone he watched UFC all day.
TW: What do you consider your greatest achievement?
N: Failure. The more opportunities that I have at failing, the more opportunities I have to learn and grow- which will lead to being successful.
TW: What is your most treasured possession?
N: Material item? Probably my Macbook since it's how I conduct business. But the most treasured thing in my life? Would absolutely be my parents. Their love and support are the only reason I'm able to do what I do. Everything that they've sacrificed for me is immeasurable. I wake up every day knowing how lucky I am to have them in my corner, and that I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them. Literally and figuratively.