An Act Of God “Selecting Plays”

By Alan Jordan

Deciding on possible theatrical productions takes a lot of time and thought. I prefer to choose plays that are current, in the mode for the times we are living in. I tend to be attracted to stories about survival and survivors. I read a lot of classic and contemporary plays and other literature that can possibly be adapted into a play.

I believe in choosing plays that speak to me. A play that is presented only because “it won’t offend”, or is “a crowd pleaser” is usually not cutting edge, thought-provoking theater.

Exploring the playwright’s intentions and creating your own reality for the piece is an exciting task. I encourage that exploration and collaboration between the director and the actors. It’s a symbiotic relationship and can be very fruitful.

One must take chances. All theater is a risk. I don’t know if anyone will show up to see our productions. I take nothing for granted. But when they do show up … it’s icing on the cake especially if they’ve enjoyed the live theater experience. Giving an audience a thoughtful and emotional experience is our goal. A good laugh is just as energizing as a good cry.

My career as a professional actor has spanned many years. I graduated from The Neighborhood Playhouse Theater School in New York under the tutelage of famed acting teacher Sanford Meisner. After working with Mr. Meisner in his professional class, I was hired to play a very young Macbeth for the Globe Theatre in Canada. I’ve been lucky enough to act in some of the most prestigious theaters in North America including leading roles at Stratford Festival and New York’s Playwrights’ Horizon and Manhattan Theater Club, and more.

In San Miguel I have found a new freedom in that I get to choose plays that are unique and not often presented … and that, most of all, present a challenge to me as an actor and director. I can only hope that these plays are dynamic enough for others to enjoy as well; so far so good.

I often go to Mexico City to see theater. My productions of  I Am My Own Wife and Diary of a Madman were both plays that I first saw in DF. My productions were very different since re-inventing plays is part of this director’s job, as long as the intention of the playwright is not changed drastically.

I am also very grateful to the talented San Miguel artists and artisans who do not appear on stage but help bring the plays to life—the artists who design and build the sets, props, and costumes, and light the stage. Enjoy the show.

 

An Act of God

By David Javerbaum

Starring Erik Zavala, Sebastian Vallin, Rodrigo Demian

Directed by Alan Jordan

November 9–19

Shelter Theater, Vicente Guerrero 4

Thu, Fri, and Sat, 7pm

Sun, 3pm

Tickets:

Online sheltertheater.com

In person Tesoros Boutique/La Biblioteca

 

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