Alan Jordan’s Madman
By Warren Jacobs
Nikolai Gogol’s classic Russian story, Diary of a Madman, has been adapted by Alan Jordan and opens for previews at Teatro Centro Cultural Allende on Tuesday, April 28. There will be seven preview performances, including two matinees.
Mr. Jordan was last seen in the highly successful productions of I Am My Own Wife.
In anticipation of this world premiere, the theater is undergoing ongoing renovations. It has been transformed into an intimate black box theater for 40 audience members.
Obra Productions welcomes Victor Zapatero, one of Mexico’s top lighting designers, as well as the wonderful artist Juan Ezcurdia who is designing the set for this exciting production.
Warren Jacobs talks with Alan Jordan:
Warren Jacobs: Why did you choose this play?
Alan Jordan: It’s a wonderful, creative story written in 1835. It’s a welcome challenge adapting a piece of literature for the stage. I’m always looking for a challenge for myself and for my audience.
WJ: I see you credit Mikhail Glinka, the famous Russian composer.
AJ: His music lends a wonderful authenticity to the piece, since we are keeping it in the period that it was written.
WJ: I have to ask. Are you a madman?
AJ: I’ve worked my entire life as an actor. What do you think?
WJ: But do you relate to the characters that you play? They all seem so diverse.
AJ: I think, for me, it’s essential to explore similar emotions and life experience with the characters that I play.
WJ: You seem to pop up in various and unusual venues for your productions. Do you eventually want your own theater?
AJ: I love the idea of an intimate environmental theater experience. I enjoy taking the audience with me, on a journey. I enjoy exploring new appropriate venues that suit the theater piece. After all, with a one person play, the audience is my scene partner.
WJ: Are you going to continue doing one man shows?
AJ: I hope to take I Am My Own Wife on the road as I did with House. After these seven previews of Diary of a Madman, we will re-open for a longer run in San Miguel, beginning June 26.
WJ: Why are you doing previews?
AJ: I want to be able to make changes during the previews. I work for at least a year on a project before I present it. This piece is evolving every day, and through previews, it will continue to evolve and grow.
WJ: What’s next for Alan Jordan?
AJ: I have a wonderful political, romantic play that I’ve wanted to direct now for several years.
WJ: And where will that be presented?
AJ: Stay tuned.