MUNCY - The Muncy Historical launched its Civil War commemorative activities in 2011 by enlisting the help of Pat Jordan who presented two one-woman plays - one on the life of Clara Barton and the other on the life of Louisa May Alcott. Alcott was an avid women's rights advocate and the sole support of her family for years while Barton is renowned for establishing the first chapter of the American Red Cross, bringing disaster relief to thousands throughout the nation and abroad. Jordan's interest in history has led her to portray Martha Washington, Betsy Ross, and Amelia Earhart, among others.
Jordan, a professional singer-actor, published writer and director, has appeared in scores of productions at the Philadelphia Academy of Music and New York's Cooper's Union, Walnut Street Studio Stages, the 42nd Street Theatre and the Cluman Theatre in New York. Jordan is in demand as a private teacher of stage performance as well as on-camera acting and musical theater. She also is an artist-in-education drama instructor, stage director, and program director of the Chester Theatre Arts Outreach Program, a foundation-sponsored youth initiative celebrating its 10th year. She studied at H-B Studio with Herbert Berghoff and Hal Holden and the Juilliard Opera Workshop. Pat holds a bachelor's degree in theatre and communication Arts from Villanova University as well as advanced study in acting, directing and playwriting.
Earlier this year, she had the opportunity to portray Mary Todd Lincoln at the National Portrait Gallery's Inaugural Weekend Celebration in Washington, D.C., and in this return trip to Muncy, Jordan will "meet and greet" Historic Homes Tour ticketholders from noon to 3:45 p.m. as the same personality. The meet and greet opportunity is available to ticketholders only.
Jordan will make her way to the St. James Episcopal Church sanctuary, one of the stops featured on this year's annual historic tour. Beginning at 4:15 p.m. Jordan, as Mary Todd Lincoln, will cover the character's life from childhood to just before the assassination of President Lincoln. During the questions and answer portion, Jordan will "step out of character" when she will talk about what happened between the president's death and the arrival in Illinois. The performance is open to the public and there will be an admission fee for anyone not displaying a Homes Tour wristband.