November 6, 2013
We were very saddened to learn yesterday of the passing of J Jordan, far too soon at the age of 38 after a brave two-year struggle with cancer. J was a vibrant and vital member of the NYTE family and an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of indie theater. She was one of the charter members of nytheatre.com's FringeNYC Reviewing Squad, and helped us review shows in that and many other festivals over the 10 years that she wrote for us. Her reviews--always lively and vivid and opinionated--helped introduce our readers to a variety of excellent new playwrights, from Stanton Wood to Saviana Stanescu to Sean Owens (the latter two receiving their first NYC reviews from her).
J was also a playwright herself, and we have fond memories of her play Night Ether, directed by her husband Don Jordan back in 2003, which exemplified all of the strongly-held beliefs that J had about the theater. She loved stories, especially juicy, sensational grotesquerie; and she loved theatricality. In her very first review for nytheatre.com, she wrote: "Theatre, whether kitchen-sink drama or performance art, communicates the human experience through performer to audience, helping us figure out who we are and what life is supposed to be about." J's deep understanding and appreciation of the power of drama informed every one of the dozens of reviews she contributed to our websites, and helped bring some true gems to the forefront. We will miss her very much.
Our deepest condolences to Don and her two children. They will grow having had the influence and love of an intelligent, creative and caring wife and mother.