Mostly Credited As: Jordan Lage
Date Of Birth: February 17, 1963 (Age 52)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Palo Alto, California
Height: 6' (1.82 m)
JORDAN LAGE: Born 1963 in Palo Alto, California. Grew up in three places: West Chester, PA; Wilmington, DE; and Berkeley, CA. Spent summers going to movies in the Bay Area and getting an extensive film education at the various revival houses in the region. Received a BFA in Drama from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts studying acting under playwright David Mamet and actor William H. Macy. Among the many plays at NYU Lage was involved in, he performed the title role in MACBETH directed by John Rubenstein, played the role of Teach in Mamet's AMERICAN BUFFALO, Antonio in THE TEMPEST directed by John-Claude van Italie, LeDuc in Arthur Miller's INCIDENT AT VICHY, and Bob the Sheep in Mamet's REVENGE OF THE SPACE PANDAS.
With NYU classmates he helped to found the Atlantic Theater Company in 1985 and has performed in dozens of Atlantic productions for stage and radio in New York, Chicago, and at ATC's summer home for 12 years in Vermont. His first appearance with Atlantic was in the Mamet plays THE BLUE HOUR and YES, BUT SO WHAT? in 1985, the inaugural production of Atlantic's first season. SInce then, he has performed in many more plays by David Mamet for Atlantic: THE WOODS, EDMOND, THE WATER ENGINE, Mamet's adaptation of Chekhov's THREE SISTERS, his adaptation of J.B. Priestley's DANGEROUS CORNER (also directed by Mamet), the short play HOME, REVENGE OF THE SPACE PANDAS, THE POET AND THE RENT, as well as covering for William H. Macy as Teach in AMERICAN BUFFALO.
Other Atlantic productions include: Howard Korder's BOYS' LIFE (Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), THE LIGHTS (Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), THE POPE'S NOSE, and SEA OF TRANQUILITY, John Guare's WOMEN AND WATER, Harold Pinter's THE HOTHOUSE and A NIGHT OUT, Craig Lucas' MISSING PERSONS (Drama Desk nomination for Best Play) and THIS THING OF DARKNESS, Jez Butterworth's MOJO and THE NIGHT HERON, Quincy Long's SHAKER HEIGHTS, THE VIRGIN MOLLY, and THE JOY OF GOING SOMEWHERE DEFINITE, Kevin Heelan's DISTANT FIRES, Noel Coward's BLITHE SPIRIT, Terence McNally's SWEET EROS, Tom Stoppard's AFTER MAGRITTE, Roger Hedden's BEEN TAKEN, Hilary Bell's WOLF LULLABY, Kia Corthron's FORCE CONTINUUM, Shel Silverstein's AN ADULT EVENING OF SHEL SILVERSTEIN, and Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT in which he played Orlando.
Other off-Broadway credits include: SOLDIER'S WIFE (Mint Theater--Drama Desk nomination for Best Revival), THE LONELY WAY (Mint Theater), Horizon Rep's revival of Jean Paul Sartre's MEN WITHOUT SHADOWS, Richard Greenberg's NIGHT AND HER STARS (Manhattan Theater Club), Susan Kim's THE ARRANGEMENT (Watermark Theater Co.), David Edelstein's SOUPY AND ADENA and BLAMING MOM (Watermark), NEW SHOES CAFE (29th St. Theater), and HEART OF MAN (Rattlestick Playwrights' Theater).
Regionally, Lage played Williamson in David Mamet's GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS with Charles Durning and Ruben-Santiago Hudson(McCarter Theater), Arthur in Terence McNally's LOVE! VALOR! COMPASSION! (Philadelphia Theater Co.), Howie in David Lindsay Abaire's RABBIT HOLE directed by John Tillinger (Huntington Theater), McElvane in Arthur Kopit's BECAUSEHECAN directed by Emily Mann (McCarter Theater), Gordon in ABSOLUTION (American Repertory Theater), and Hastings in Goldsmith's SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER (Delaware Theater Company).
Broadway credits include the 2007 revival of INHERIT THE WIND with Christopher Plummer and Brian Dennehy directed by Doug Hughes (TONY nomination for Best Revival of a Play), the 2005 revival of David Mamet's GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS with Alan Alda and Liev Schreiber directed by Joe Mantello (TONY Award winner Best Revival of a Play), Gore Vidal's THE BEST MAN with Charles Durning and Spalding Gray (TONY nomination Best Revival of a Play; Drama Desk Award winner Best Revival of a Play), David Mamet's THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD with Patti Lupone and Peter Riegert, and the 1988 Lincoln Center Theater revival of OUR TOWN with Spalding Gray directed by Gregory Mosher (TONY Award winner for Best Revival). Lage toured in the national company of Aaron Sorkin's A FEW GOOD MEN directed by Don Scardino for five months in 1992.
Lage received a Drama Desk Award nomination for his work in BOYS' LIFE, an AUDELCO Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in DISTANT FIRES, a Barrymore Award for his work in LOVE! VALOR! COMPASSION! and a Drama Desk Award for his work in the Broadway revival of GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS.
His first film appearance was in John Sayles' BABY, IT'S YOU. His next film role, that of Miles, the Assistant Manager at the casino in David Mamet's THINGS CHANGE was enlarged after J. T. Walsh was fired from the project. Lage assumed the rest of the senes originally intended for Walsh's character. Other Mamet film credits include HOMICIDE, THE SPANISH PRISONER, STATE AND MAIN, and the film version of THE WATER ENGINE, directed by Steven Schachter but scripted by Mamet.
Other film work includes: Ridley Scott's BODY OF LIES (2008 release), Oliver Stone's WORLD TRADE CENTER, Tony Gilroy's MICHAEL CLAYTON, Shawn Levy's THE PINK PANTHER, Sydney Pollack's RANDOM HEARTS, Jonathan Glazer's BIRTH, Luis Llosa's FEAST OF THE GOAT, Henry Bean's THE BELIEVER, Art Jones' LUSTRE, Austin Chick's XX/XY, Roger Hedden's HI-LIFE, Michael Ritchie's THE SCOUT, and Oren Rudavsky's SAYING KADDISH. Jordan can be seen in three independent films scheduled for 2008 release: Clark Gregg's CHOKE, Carl T. Evans' FRAME OF MIND, and Chris Eigemann's TURN THE RIVER. In these films he has worked with Russel Crowe, Harrison Ford, George Clooney, Steve Martin, Jean Reno, Nicole Kidman, William H. Macy, Don Ameche, Joe Mantegna, Ryan Gosling, Campbell Scott, Alec Baldwin, Victor Argo, Albert Brooks, Mark Ruffalo, Epatha S. Merkerson, Steven Bauer, Tomas Milian, Eric Stoltz, Peter Riegert, Darryl Hannah, Chris Noth, and Famke Janssen.
HIs television appearances include 5 episodes of LAW & ORDER, 2 episodes of LAW & ORDER: Criminal Intent, as well as an episode of LAW & ORDER: Special Victims Unit. Other television: CANTERBURY'S LAW, RESCUE ME, HACK, NOW AND AGAIN, NEW YORK UNDERCOVER, and the pilots ON SEVENTH AVENUE and TRINITY. Lage has been the Pine Valley District Attorney, Colin Summerhill, on ALL MY CHILDREN since mid-2006 and appears on AS THE WORLD TURNS as Prince Adolpho of Leonia. Lage spent two seasons in HBO's OZ as Richie Hanlon, leader of the gays and trannies clique.
As a stage director, Jordan has helmed David Mamet's REUNION, Christopher Durang's NAOMI IN THE LIVING ROOM, Harold Pinter's SKETCHES, Mamet's JOSEPH DINTENFASS, and Bill Nelson's IVANUSHKA, all at the Atlantic Theater Company.
He has authored several plays: MATRIARCHATE, MONA WANTS, the short plays OH, HOW I HATE TO GET UP IN THE MORNING and ALUMS, as well as adaptations of Ernest Hemingway's IN OUR TIME and several of O. Henry's short stories.
Jordan has been on the faculty of the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School since 1990 where he teaches Writing Performance Workshop and Introductory Script Analysis.