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Front: Deborah Louise Ortiz, Rear: Linda Ortiz


Dirty Laundry

written by Deborah Louise Ortiz, follows the paths of two women, Diane and Liz, who meet at a crossroad in each of their lives. Diane has been leading the married life for ten years, dedicating herself to her husband and two children. Liz exists at the opposite extreme: single, successful and independent, she is accustomed to taking what she needs when she needs it. Through introspection and conversation the two delve heavily into the topics of friendship, love and most important, relationships. The bond these two women form teaches Liz the various dimensions of love and guides Diane to truly care about herself.

Dirty Laundry had a successful run at the Midtown International Theater Festival in 2002


"In Dirty Laundry, Ortiz has created two multi-faceted characters capable of making you laugh and cry as they evolve into stronger females. This is an impressive debut by a new playwright."

"When two women with completely different lifestyles meet and bond while doing their weekly wash, it leads to lots of Dirty Laundry. Deborah Louise Ortiz has written a play with a heart and the results are both humorous and touching."
-- Back Stage, August 23rd 2002


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The Cast of Love In New York... How Do You Know?, from left-right: Lisa Edwards, Sal Foto, Andrea DiVincenzo, Nicole Arvin, Robert McKay, Aida Angotti, Fidel Vicioso

Love In New York... How Do You Know?


was presented in January 2003 by The Bronx 'Wrights. Written by Deborah Louise Ortiz and Carlos J. Serrano, this dramatic piece shows the comedy and tragedy that lie in the difficulties of obtaining and maintaining love in a city full of temptations, distractions and emotional baggage. A variety of short scenes and vignettes,Love In New York... How Do You Know? is a panoramic introspection as seen through the eyes of two observers. A man asks his waitress to stop being beautiful; a couple explores how to keep a healthy relationship with your ex; a marriage proposal pops the question, "Let's file jointly?"








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Changing Violet


is a moving one-woman piece that takes the audience on a rollercoaster ride through the life of Violet, a young girl
from the Bronx. Witness the awkward shifting of a young woman struggling with the painful realities of physical, sexual, and mental abuse, and her own abuse of alcohol and drugs as a means of coping. As Violet’s life changes, so do her attitude, her loves, her experiences, and her clothing.

Reviews for Changing Violet

"Sassy and poignant...Ortiz a feisty force to be reckoned with."
-- OffOffonline, Amy Krivohlavek

"Ortiz negotiates her material with grace and vigor."
-- OffOffonline, Amy Krivohlavek

"Ortiz is a captivating performer, and her deep, husky voice frequently erupts into a sandpapery laugh that is both brittle and endearing.
She is a weathered yet wistful presence, and her generous delivery has an undeniable undercurrent of danger. Ortiz—who went on to become a performer and a playwright—fearlessly harnesses the spirit of a powerful woman just this side of disaster."
-- OffOfffonline, Amy Krivohlavek

"Deborah Louise Ortiz, an accomplished actor...deserves admiration and support."
-- Back Stage, Nancy Ellen Shore

"Ortiz’s raw shamanic embodiment of the many-headed hydra of her earlier selves is a dazzling theatrical feat."
-- Back Stage, Nancy Ellen Shore

"Deborah Louise Ortiz managed to turn a painful issue into a wonderful evening with her humor, her fabulous smile, and those dance moves! I heard toes tapping all around me. How wise of her production team to decorate the set with the simple clothesline and prop table. Deborah's choice of music could not have been more appropriate. Its upbeat nature helped make the entire story totally entertaining. This, in spite of the subject matter although that resolved itself well into an uplifting message, making us cheer for the triumph of this talented woman and wish for her continued success."
-- Susan Laubach, PhD (Style Magazine)