Meet the Cast: Mark Albi & Ben Ortega


Mark Albi (Santiago) is a native of Denver, Colorado. He received his BFA in Theater Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Most recently, he played Magistrate in Lysistrata at ODC Theater. Favorite roles include Max in Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Salieri in Amadeus, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Donny in American Buffalo, and V.I. Lenin in Travesties. He will be shooting the film The Windmills of Chinatown in 2017. He is a member of the improv troop Tsunami Brains, and he is a Risk Manager at Stanford Healthcare during the day. He is also a proud volunteer at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, where he adopted his best buddy, Hiro.

Ben-headshot-2.jpgBen Ortega (Cheche) was last seen as Hank in Anton Well’s production of Melissa Gibson’s What Rhymes with America in Berkeley. Favorite roles include Johnny in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Felix Ungar in The Odd Couple, George Hay in Moon Over Buffalo, Picasso in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Yvan in Art, Daniel Kaffee in A Few Good Men, Verdecchia/Wideload in the one-man show Fronteras Americanas, Molina in Kiss of the Spider Woman, Buddy in Thunderbabe, Allan Felix in Play It Again, Sam, and George in Same Time, Next Year. Ben studied acting at UCLA and privately with Lisa Chess.

Anna in the Tropics runs May 27 – June 19, 2016. More information at


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