A Chicago premiere by Rachel Bonds
Music & Lyrics by The Bengsons
Directed by Cody Estle
October 3 - November 17, 2019
6157 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60660
Jordan makes his Raven Theatre debut as Carver in SUNDOWN!
From the press release: "In the misty heat of a small southern town, two sisters have come home to handle a crisis. Twins Joey and Ray have just taken their first steps into adulthood while their newly divorced father, Tom, has been suspended from his job. But deep, honest communication doesn’t come easy. Seemingly stuck between the future and the past, this family of musicians sings what they can’t bring themselves to say.
Now making its Chicago premiere, Rachel Bonds’s warm, delicate play with music is an honest look at the hard work of holding a family together and re-connecting with what we’ve left behind."
Falsettos at Actor's Express. Photo by Casey Gardner
Jordan is a stage and screen actor based out of Chicago, Illinois. Most recently, Jordan played Whizzer in Falsettos at Actor's Express in Atlanta, where he and the rest of the cast garnered a Suzi Bass Award Nomination for Outstanding Acting Ensemble in a Musical. His recent Chicago credits include Black Button Eyes' Evil Dead the Musical (Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination - Best Performance in a Leading Role in a Musical), Pride Films & Plays' HOMOS, Or Everyone in America, The Story Theatre's Leave Me Alone!, Boho Theatre's A Little Night Music, the world premiere of the musical The Civility of Albert Cashier (Joseph Jefferson Award - Best New Musical), the Chicago premiere of BAT BOY: The Musical with Griffin Theatre (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination - Best Ensemble) and Wonderful Town at Goodman Theatre. He has also been involved in readings and concerts at Porchlight Music Theatre, Refuge Theatre Project, and Strawdog Theatre. Jordan is currently an Actor's Equity Membership Candidate and is proud to be represented by the fine folks at Gray Talent Group.
Originally from Georgia, Jordan is a proud graduate of the Department of Theatre and Film Studies at the University of Georgia, and a recipient of the 2011 Eddie Lambeth Scholarship in Acting. Before moving to Chicago in 2015, Jordan spent three years living and working in Atlanta on professional stages across the region. He was involved in over a dozen shows at eight different theaters in the Atlanta area, including work on 2 different Suzi Award-winning Best Musicals and a world premiere at the Alliance Theatre.
Below, you can find his headshots, résumé, press highlights, and a link to a gallery of production photos of his work.
A Little Night Music at BoHo Theatre, Photo by Liz Lauren
BAT BOY: The Musical at Griffin Theatre, Photo by Michael Brosilow
FALSETTOS - Actor's Express
"Jordan Dell Harris as Whizzer is handsome and personable, yet he takes what would seem on the surface to be a simple character and reveals there’s more to this likable and misunderstood human being. Jordan brings humanity to the role and we find ourselves falling in love with his character every bit as much as Marvin does." -Jody Tuso-Key for Speakeysie
"Of all the performers, especially noteworthy are De Maria, warm and confused at a turning point her life; Newberg’s precocious Jason; and Harris’ Whizzer, who isn’t one for monogamy and the domesticity Marvin wants, but doesn’t come across as a complete cad either." -Jim Farmer for ArtsATL
"Whizzer (Jordan Dell Harris) is every cliché of a "pretty boy" boy toy, narcissistic, ever on-the-prowl. But he is also a loving "step-father," and his relationship with Marvin's son has a ton of appeal. And his ultimate doom drives the powerful conclusion of the piece." -Brad Rudy for Atlanta Theatre Buzz
"There’s a wonderful esprit de corps which only reenforces the notion of family and what it can be: a scintillating, quirky, sometimes messy collection of partners, parents, exes, babies, and best friends—all bonded by love. For this we thank Messrs. Thorpe, Waldrip, Harris, and Newberg—each of whom brings his own personal vibrancy, magnetism, and charm."
-Manning Harris for Atlanta Intown Paper
"The handsome Harris also excels as that ill-fated lover."
-Bert Osborne for The Atlanta Journal Constitution
EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL - Black Button Eyes Prod.
"Jordan Dell Harris is impeccably intense, suave and athletic as leading man Ash. Harris perfectly embodies the stereotypically heroic and noble protagonist, as a near spitting image of the legendary Bruce Campbell—from the action-ready wide-eyed stares to the hard-pressed furrowed brow. His acting chops are matched by his vocal prowess and able-bodied combat. It takes a special actor indeed to belt at the top of his range while being sprayed with mouthfuls of blood, and it takes a resilient one to convincingly roll across couches and into walls as he battles with his own hand."
-Quinn Rigg for Chicagoland Musical Theatre
"Jordan Dell Harris, a star in the making, perfectly re-creates Bruce Campbell's iconic performance as Ash with myriad facial expressions, wonderfully dynamic physicality, and wry catchphrases." -Josh Flanders for Chicago Reader
"But the true star of this show is Harris as Ash. Not only does Harris meet the excruciatingly physical demands that this role requires but he surpasses them with a manic yet always sincere performance. Whether charming with his Donny Osmand-like good looks and matinee idol thick, dark hair or his eerie resemblance to a young Jim Carrey in his prime, Harris has facial expressions that galvanize you and also impel you to constantly keep your gaze upon him whenever he is on stage, which is for roughly 90 percent of the show." -Jeffrey Leibham for Around the Town Chicago
"Harris is a rock-solid, versatile singer as Ash" -Jonathan Aberbanel for Windy City Times
"Jordan Dell Harris does an amazing job as Ash, and perfectly pulls off the badassness and dumbassness of Ash Williams, and even happens to sort of look like a young Bruce Campbell, which is a definite bonus." -James Brod for Third Coast Review
"Jordan Dell Harris’ Ash, the hapless hero, bears an uncanny resemblance to Bruce Campbell from the original and also seems to be channeling Campbell’s deadpan matinee-idol delivery. It’s an effective performance that provides an anchor for the ridiculousness, as in the original. " -Kerry Reid for the Chicago Tribune
"...the demons begin to inhabit the friends one by one, eventually leaving Ash (Jordan Dell Harris in a brilliantly over-the-top performance) alone to try to send them back to the depths of whatever hell they came from." -Karen Topham for Chicago OnStage
HOMOS, OR EVERYONE IN AMERICA - Pride Films & Plays
"The always exciting, boyishly handsome Jordan Dell Harris, is Dan... Mr. Harris brings a suave sensuality to this young, prolific author. Dan is smooth, relaxed and a young man who seems completely in charge, who enjoys his friendship, and perhaps more, with both The Academic and The Writer." -Colin Douglas for Chicago Theatre Review
LEAVE ME ALONE! - The Story Theatre
"Boyishly handsome Jordan Dell Harris is intelligent, eloquent and honestly passionate as Sam."
-Colin Douglas for Chicago Theatre Review
"All of the actors are equally capable in this production. Most notable among them are [...] Jordan Dell Harris as new love interest Sam Lebedev (the play’s tagline is “like Anton Chekhov’s Ivanov, but gayer), who acts as a voice of reason to self-destructive Nik." -Karen Topham for Chicago OnStage
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC - BoHo Theatre
"As Fredrik and Desiree fall back in love, Anne finds her feelings for her adult stepson Henrik (Jordan Dell Harris) increasingly hard to ignore. Harris’ Henrik is a linchpin here, glowering, gloomy and endearing. He’s simultaneously comic and tragic, a fervently wrathful adult who is also very much a lonely child." -Catey Sullivan for the Chicago Sun-Times
"Guth’s energy and upbeat attitude is a perfect contrast and complement to Harris’s moody, angry Henrik. Like the cello that he plays, (and director Linda Fortunato handles that in a clever way), Henrik can be very expressive and deeply disturbing, and his emotional instability challenges any actor playing the role. Harris handles Henrik beautifully. Both actors also have lovely voices."
-Karen Topham for Chicago Onstage
"Jordan Dell Harris’s forthright Henrik sulks suitably but never condescends: His sweetly ignorant seminary student really is torn between adolescent awkwardness and sexual awakening. Henrik’s “Later” never reeks of self-pity, just all the doubts we once harbored and mustn’t forget."
-Lawrence Bommer for Chicago Theatre Review
"Standout talents included two of the comic male leads—Christopher Davis as Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm and Jordan Dell Harris as Henrik Egerman." -Amy Munice for Picture this Post
BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL - Griffin Theatre
"Applause for puppet designers (Lolly Extract and Amber Marsh), as well as the ensemble, which includes Ron King (who stirs it up to grand effect as Reverend Hightower) and Jordan Dell Harris."
-Hedy Weiss for the Chicago Sun-Times
"The supporting cast are terrific, all of whom play multiple roles, male, female and animal... Jordan Dell Harris is very good as Bud, but Daisy and the god Pan are his standout performances."
-Colin Douglas for Chicago Theatre Review
"It’s a total joy to watch Jordan Dell Harris, Jeff Meyer and Ron King do their many johnny-on-the-spot gender swaps." -Amy Munice for Splash Magazines
"The performance of the music... was almost always on point. Male singers (especially Ron King and Jordan Dell Harris) hit their highs each time, not a single musician (singer or pit) skipped a beat." -John Glines for Chicago Stage Standard
"McGinnis alone is worth the price of admission, but he's backed by a strong nine-person ensemble. Anne Sheridan Smith, Tiffany Tatreau, Matt W. Miles, Ron King, and Jordan Dell Harris (a decidedly ambisexual Pan, the forest god) each takes center stage in a big number served up in tasty fashion." -Jonathan Abarbanel for Windy City Times
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD - Stage Door
"Jessica De Maria and Jordan Dell Harris deliver charmingly vampy performances as the enigmatic brother-sister Landless team (and their respective actor counterparts)." -Keely Herrick for Examiner
WEST SIDE STORY - Fabrefaction Theatre Co.
"The central love story is that of Tony (Jordan Dell Harris) and Maria (Caroline Geckler). Jordan Harris’ Tony is magnetic and vulnerable, with an easy command of the stage" -Manning Harris for Atlanta Intown Paper
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION - Actor's Express
"The talented 18-member cast includes several familiar faces... alongside a number of newcomers (most memorably, Patrick Myers, Ashley Prince and Jordan Snead as various spoiled kids and Jordan Harris as a nude gay hustler). -Bert Osborne for the Atlanta Journal Constitution
HIDDEN MAN - 7 Stages
"Mr. Harris is excellent and heartbreaking, as it becomes apparent that Sherer cannot fully return Charlie's love. These two young men both have stunning futures. There's nudity in the play, as both of these characters symbolically wash each other clean from sin and lust. The scene is beautifully and sensitively performed." -Manning Harris for Atlanta Intown Paper
"A nude love scene between brave co-stars Malcolm Campbell-Taylor (as Robert) and Jordan Harris (as his boyfriend) is sensitively handled, when it could have felt gratuitous or exploitive. They shower together, literally washing away their sin." -Bert Osborne for the Atlanta Journal Constitution
SPRING AWAKENING - Actor's Express
"The true standouts among the younger cast include... Bernard D. Jones as Ernst and Jordan Harris as Hanschen. Both Jones and Harris provide superb comic relief during their scene with Jones' shy portrayal a perfect juxtaposition to Harris' arrogant character." -A. Wesley for Atlanta Theatre Fans
"...notables include LaLa Cochran... and Jordan Harris as the scene-stealing Hanschen/Rupert and dead wringer for a young Johnny Depp. He is thankfully a part of the show's brief gay subplot, which is respectfully treated and was in fact a part of Wedekind's original work." -Bo Shell for GA Voice
"The supporting ensemble is terrific, too, especially Kathryn Foley (Anna); Nick Arapoglou (Georg/Dieter); and Jordan Dell Harris and Bernard Jones, who are cast somewhat against Aryan type as Hanschen and Ernst, the Achilles and Patroclus of this art-imitating-Latin-class tableaux."
-Wendell Brock for the Atlanta Journal Constitution
"Jordan Harris plays a savvy Hanschen." -Manning Harris for Atlanta Intown Paper
HOMOS, Or Everyone in America, Photo by Austin D. One
Backstage at The Music Man, 1997
Evil Dead: The Musical, Photo by Evan Hanover