Suffolk University theatre graduate Jonny Orsini is rubbing elbows with the best in showbiz. He made his Broadway debut alongside Tony Award winner Nathan Lane in 2013 and just opened in Fish in the Dark, a new play written by and starring Larry David.
In the comedic play, David stars as a man dealing with his overbearing family and the death of his father. Orsini plays a supporting role and told Playbill.com, “I’m not going to say too much, except that it’s absolutely hilarious.”
Suffolk gave Orsini his start in theatre–he had never performed on stage or seen a professional production until he discovered the Theatre Department about a month into his freshman year. “I found the professors and students so welcoming,” he said. “I was immediately like, ‘This is it.’” He switched his major from journalism to theatre and hasn’t looked back since.
As an undergraduate, Orsini took the stage in roles at Suffolk, including a featured role in a 2005 production of You Can’t Take It With You.
He also took advantage of Suffolk’s location in the heart of Boston’s Theatre District, earning professional roles while he was still a student. As a junior, Orsini starred in Company One’s production of After Ashley, a drama about a teen who is forced into the media spotlight after his mother is killed. Orsini also earned a lead role in SpeakEasy Stage Company’s production of The Little Dog Laughed, a comedy about a closeted young movie star.
Marilyn Plotkins, chair of Suffolk’s Theatre Department, calls Orsini “one of the most disciplined actors I’ve ever encountered” and “a glorious example of the success of the department.”