Russ Ortiz to star in A Thousand Clowns

Arts and Entertainment

February 13, 2015

From: Westfield Community Players

(Westfield, NJ) Russ Ortiz will star as Murray Burns in Westfield Community Players warm-hearted comedy, A Thousand Clowns by Herb Gardner. It is being directed by Steve Lemenille and produced by Garry Tamburro. The production opens March 7, 2015 and runs March 14, 21, 27, 28 at 8:00 PM with a matinee performance on March 22, 2015 at 3:00 PM.

Russ Ortiz is returning to WCP In A Thousand Clowns following his most recent appearance at WCP in Almost, Maine in January. He has also appeared at WCP in Barefoot in the Park, Rehearsal For Murder and Squabbles. During the past five years Russ appeared in 36 productions in New Jersey and N.Y. In 2014 Russ appeared in Twelve Angry Men, A Man Of No Importance, Sex Relationships and Sometimes…Love, Time Stands Still, The Laramie Project, To Kill A Mockingbird, And Then There Were None and A Christmas Carol.  He has performed for many NJ theaters including Playhouse 22, Edison Valley and Main Street Theater Company.  Mr. Ortiz has also been nominated for several NJACT Perry Awards for Featured and Supporting Actor.

A Thousand Clowns, a benchmark of Broadway comedy, produced one of the theatre's most beloved roles: unconventional Murray Burns, uncle to precocious nephew, Nick. Tired of writing cheap comedy gags for "Chuckles the Chipmunk", a children's television star, Murray finds himself unemployed with plenty of free time with which to pursue his...pursuits. Lectured by his conventional brother Arnold and hounded by "the system", Murray is paid a visit by bickering, uptight social workers, Sandra and Albert, and finds himself solving their problems as well as most of his own.

Russ Ortiz (Iselin) stars as Murray Burns, along with Jacob Lesser (Gillette) as Nick. In the role of Sandra Markowitz is Debbie Lingel (Basking Ridge) and Bobby Marusiefski (Rahway) as Albert Admunson. Paul Arafanis (Westfield) and Abe Vorensky (Metuchen) round out the cast as Arnold (Murray's brother) and Leo Herman (Chuckles, the Chipmonk) respectively.


For tickets, call 908.232.1221 or visit us on-line at www.westifeldcommunityplayers.org.Tickets are $20.00; Active Military Personnel: $10.00 and Students: $10.00 (March 21).