The stage of life can be complicated for many people; some people spend their entire lives searching for their roles while others are just born to play certain parts. Whether you believe that there’s some omnipotent casting director that assigns us all roles to play or you’d prefer to take it on your own, we must never forget that no matter the part life may have seemed to cast us in, it is up to us to make the best of it. Fariso Jordan has decided to take her roles into her own hands by skillfully crafting her debut one-woman show, Georgia.
Georgia is a one-woman show starring and written by Fariso Jordan. “Georgia is a one-woman play about a young couple who revel in the complexities of love,” says Fariso as she opens up about the play. “There are four characters, there’s a young couple that falls in love but there’s an incident that happens and they must deal with it. Some may say it’s an act of love, others may say it's betrayal. It’s all about the negotiation on how to move forward after this incident.”
I asked Fariso if she could enlighten us as to what this “incident” in the play was that seems to be causing so much tension between this young couple, but she says, “In order to find out, you’ve got to see the play and judge for yourself.”
Fariso hopes to share her tale about a modern romance with her audience. Not being familiar with the rating system of theatrical performances like those that they do with moves via G, PG, PG-13, R or NC-17 in some cases, I had to ask Fariso what she thought the rating of this play would be. ““I would give this a PG-13 rating because there are some sexual references, but it has a greater message attached. It’s good for younger people to watch so they can get something out of it.”
Putting on a play with multiple individuals is hard enough; Fariso chose to do a one-woman show where she takes on all the characters of this play herself. “These four characters have to come together to tell this story, but it’s shown through one person to visually illustrate their different perspectives and characteristics.” says Fariso.
Fariso is no stranger to the theater scene, she recalls the first play she remembers being in and how it catapulted her love for performing. “I was in sixth or seventh grade, I don’t remember the name of the play I was in at the time but I portrayed a character named Denise, it was a lot of fun. It was something I didn’t really think about at the time, it just felt natural.”
Since then she moved from her hometown in Texas to attend Fordham University where she majored in theater. Fordham University is also the place where the idea for the play Georgia came to her. “Being an artist, I’ve always been interested in how many perspectives you can get from one story. I started doing it at school as an experimental piece, people like it and I loved doing it so it kind of began to take on a life of its own and grew into something more.”
Briefly touching on her relationship with Parlé Entertainment, Fariso shares with us how this relationship between the two got started. “This play is being produced by Parlé Entertainment. Kevin found out about my play and enjoyed it. He wanted to help me get it out there.” She also takes the time to thank Parlé Entertainment for helping with her show. “This experience has helped me take control of my own theater career instead of going out and auditioning. I am allowed to invest time into doing something I love doing which is really what matters to me.”
“By doing this play I hope to inspire people to see the world in their own way,” Fariso says. When she isn’t performing on stage, Fariso finds time for writing poetry and her personal favorite thing to do: church, which she admits has been a major part of her life, “I’m always trying to do something more with my creative time. I go to church, which is a big part of my life. I love poetry; I take a night to write some of my own when I’m not as busy.”
Fariso offers words of advice to fellow young actors, “Remember that it’s not all about the acting, if you look at the behind the scenes work like writing or directing that is just as important. It all comes together.”
Fans and readers can learn more about Fariso Jordan and her show by going to her website, www.farisojordan.com Be sure to check out tour dates to catch a performance in your area.
You can also follow Fariso on twitter @farisojordan.
or on facebook at www.facebook.com/farisojordan
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