Jordan Advances to Sections with The NSA's Guide...

The 2016-2017 one-act contest play, The NSA's Guide to Winning Friends and Influencing People, or What We've Learned Learned From Watching You by Don Zolidis placed second at subsections, earning advancement to the section competition. At sections, the play placed 5th.

The NSA's Guide to Winning Friends and Influencing People, or What We've Learned Learned From Watching You was a satirical look at how governmental surveillance can actually be good for your life. With a series of zany scenes that ranged from hilarious to horrifying, this play provoked both laughter and distress, causing the audience to consider carefully the full price a society pays by sacrificing privacy.

In 2015-2016, the JHS theatre department returned to Shakespeare's work to produce a one-act version of The Winter's Tale, a play about a king whose mad jealousy destroys everything he loves. The play, directed by Anthony Rydberg, went to the subsection MSHSL competition on January 30 and placed 4th. 2015-16 also featured Alan Haehnel's The Chair Play, directed by Karen Steinhoff. The play featured a large cast of characters all battling and strategizing for the acquisition of power and wealth -- both symbolized in the play by chairs. It was a thought-provoking and funny production.

In 2014-2015, Jordan produced their second original play, Not Today, a story in a surreal community where nothing is quite what it seems. Not Today  placed third at Subsection competition. Joining Not Today in the JHS One-Act Play festival was Melissa Cooper's Antigone Now, directed by Karen Steinhoff; and Dan LaRocque's Man Woman Flower, directed by Michelle Spies.

In 2013-2014, Jordan's first original one-act play, Break Room, took fourth place at subsections; other one-act festival entries were Why Do We Laugh?, directed by Michelle Spies; and I Don't Want to Talk About It, written by Bradley Hayward and directed by Karen Steinhoff.

Contact: Anthony Rydberg