Jordan Maloyed’s 10-minute play, Not Another Cliché, will be produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville as part of its 12th annual New Voices Young Playwrights Festival April 24-26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Bingham Theatre.
The original work by the Bullitt East High School senior is one of eight plays selected out of 876 entries from 35 schools in 20 Kentucky counties.
“Disbelief,” is how Jordan described her reaction after receiving notification from Actors Theatre. “My Mom took the telephone call and I was reading her notes as she was writing them.”
They could not immediately express their excitement as Actors Theatre imposed an embargo. “We had to wait a week before we told anyone,” Jordan said.
She started writing the play two years ago while attending Spencer County High School but it was not until she transferred to Bullitt East for the 2016-2017 school year that she completed her work.
“This was the first year Bullitt East offered a playwriting course,” Jordan explained. “My teacher, Dan Barrett, reviewed the play and gave me suggestions that included developing theatrical elements.”
Her play revolves around an author named Adam who creates the fictional heroine Sarah for his own play. Sarah is not satisfied with Adam’s writing and develops her character on her own.
“It’s about human interaction and independence,” Jordan said. “Sarah seeks to define who she is after becoming frustrated with Adam’s lack of originality. Both characters are ultimately strengthened and become powerful as individuals.”
Jordan said she will attend all performances with her family, teacher and entire class switching out as audience members.
“Everyone’s been really happy for me,” she said. “I appreciate the support of my family. Friends have been coming up and saying good job and awesome work. I feel being selected validates my work.”
Barrett said the selection of Jordan's play in the New Voices Contest, “has been affirming of the instruction I offered, particularly because I was successful in leaving the ownership entirely in students’ hands, and a number of our playwrights received very positive notes from the Actors Theatre readers. Another student actually had his play considered as a finalist for inclusion in the productions.”
Jordan feels excited and nervous as play dates approach. The first night she is required to give a one-minute curtain call detailing inspiration for her work.
“I think I’m more nervous about doing that than anything,” smiled the 18 year-old daughter of Tina and Joe Contreras.
“Jordan has been an avid reader and writer from a very young age,” said Tina Contreras, a teacher at Eastside Middle. “She has the ability to tap into emotion and bring characters to life. I am delighted that she is being recognized for her talent.”
Her next play is taking form on paper. Text Support is about a man who loses control of his cell phone after the device turns on him.
“It’s got elements of fantasy and little bits of reality,” Jordan said.
Her playwright dream is to have several of her works produced in numerous cities all around the world.
She does not only work on plays when inspiration strikes but also sets a time to write. It is part of her allegiance to her craft.
She makes money working as a babysitter and enjoys spending free time on weekends getting together with friends.
Jordan has earned a scholarship to Northern Kentucky University where she will enroll in anatomy, biology and chemistry classes as she studies for a career in radiology.
This profession resulted from her grandfather’s illness and death a few years ago. Jordan stated, “I decided to pursue the field in an effort to make a difference in peoples’ lives.”
According to information on Actors Theatre of Louisville’s website, the New Voices Young Playwrights Festival premieres ten-minute plays written by local high school students. The competition is inspired by the Humana Festival of New American Plays.
Each playwright has the opportunity to collaborate with peer writers, a dramaturg, a director, and the 2016-2017 Professional Training Company. Through playwright workshops, dramaturgy discussions, production meetings and rehearsals, the New Voices playwrights play an active and integral role in shaping their productions. The entire process culminates in an evening of fully-produced theatre performed by the Acting Apprentices of the Professional Training Company.