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Orville Mendoza is currently appearing as Sergeant Lombardi in Classic Stage Company’s Passion through April 19, 2013

Orville Mendoza is currently appearing as Sergeant Lombardi in Classic Stage Company’s critically-acclaimed new production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning musical Passion, directed by John Doyle (director of the acclaimed Broadway revivals of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd and Company), which will extend once again by popular demand for four additional performances through Friday, April 19 at CSC (136 East 13th Street).

Orville Mendoza, Jason Evans, Jeffry Denman, Ken Krugman and Will Reynolds in rehearsal for Passion. (Photo courtesy of Orville Mendoza)

Orville Mendoza, Jason Evans, Jeffry Denman, Ken Krugman and Will Reynolds in rehearsal for Passion. (Photo courtesy of Orville Mendoza)

Passion stars Melissa Errico (Clara), Judy Kuhn (Fosca) and Ryan Silverman (Giorgio). The production also features Stephen Bogardus (Colonel Ricci), Jeffry Denman (Lieutenant Barri), Jason Michael Evans (Private Augenti), Ken Krugman (Lieutenant Torasso), Tom Nelis (Doctor Tambourri), Will Reynolds (Major Rizzoli/Ludovic), John Antony (understudy) and Amy Justman (understudy).

Orville Mendoza. Photo by U-Shin Kim

Orville Mendoza. Photo by U-Shin Kim

Orville Mendoza last appeared on Broadway in Peter and the Starcatchers and in the Roundabout’s production of Pacific Overtures, directed by Amon Miyamoto. His Off-Broadway credits include Timon Of Athens (Barry Edelstein, dir.), the original company of Sondheim/Weidman’s Road Show (John Doyle, dir.), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare in the Park, Michael Greif, dir.) all at The Public Theater/NYSF; the original cast of Durang/Melnik’s Adrift In Macao (Drama Desk nomination and Barrymore Award winner, Primary Stages & Philadelphia Theatre Co., Sheryl Kaller, dir./Christopher Gattelli, choreo.), and productions with NAATCO, The Pearl, Ma-Yi, Pan Asian Rep. and The Mint. Regionally, he has appeared in The Wiz (La Jolla Playhouse, Des McAnuff, dir.), A Christmas Story – The Musical! (5th Avenue Theatre & Kansas City Rep., Eric Rosen, dir.), Annie Get Your Gun (Goodspeed, Rob Ruggiero, dir.), Unsinkable Molly Brown (Denver Center Theatre, Kathleen Marshall, dir.),The Romance Of Magno Rubio (Long Wharf, Laguna Playhouse, and Romania productions, Loy Arcenas, dir.), and productions at Barrington Stage, Pittsburgh CLO, The Muny, Theatre by the Sea, Carousel, St. Michael’s Playhouse; and toured the U.S. & Canada with Miss Saigon for 5 1/2 years. He has appeared on “Law & Order: CI”.

CSC also announced that twenty $10 tickets for each of the final four performances – Tuesday, April 16 at 7pm, Wednesday, April 17 at 7pm, Thursday, April 18 at 8pm and Friday, April 19 at 8pm. These special $10 tickets will go on sale to the public Tuesday, April 2 at noon, available in person at the CSC Box Office only.

During the final extension week, CSC will also host post-show talkbacks following the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday performances with cast and additional guests, and will giveaway exclusive prizes on the company’s Facebook page.

Passion is directed and designed by John Doyle, with music direction by Rob Berman, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, costumes by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting by Jane Cox and sound by Dan Moses Schreier. Passion is the inaugural production of CSC’s Musical Theatre Initiative with generous support from The Ted and Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund and The Angelson Family Foundation.

Tickets for Passion are available at or by calling 212-352-3101 or 866-811-4111. Passion plays Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7pm; Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm; and Sundays at 3pm. Passion will also have Wednesday matinees at 3pm on March 27 and April 3. Regular ticket prices range from $65 to $90.

Now in its 45th Anniversary Season, CSC is the award-winning Off-Broadway theatre committed to re-imaging the classical repertory for a contemporary American audience. Founded in 1967, CSC uses works of the past as a way to engage in the issues of today. Highly respected and widely regarded as a major force in American theatre, it has become the home to New York’s finest established and emerging artists, the place where they gather to grapple with the great works of the world’s repertory from Sophocles to Sondheim. CSC has been cited repeatedly by all the major Off-Broadway theater awards: Obies, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League and the 1999 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist.

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