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Ain Gordon

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Core Writers 2009 //  Core Writers 2010 //  Core Writers 2011 //  Affiliated Writer 2013   

Ain Gordon is a three-time Obie winning writer/director/actor, two-time NYFA recipient and a Guggenheim Playwriting Fellow. Commissioned/developed/presented: NYTW, Soho Rep, The Public, BAM Next Wave, 651ARTS, DTW, PS122, Kitchen, HERE, etc (all NY); Mark Taper (CA), George Street (NJ), Krannert (IL), DiverseWorks (TX), Flynn (VT), Painted Bride (PA), etc. Collaborations with David Gordon: ART (MA), ACT (CA), AMTF (PA). Gordon’s Art Life & Show-Biz published in Dramaturgy Of The Real. Gordon appeared in Spalding Gray: Stories Left To Tell Off-Broadway and ICA Boston (Elliot Norton Award nom), Walker (MN), New Territories (UK), etc. Co-Director of Pick Up Performance Co(s).

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Not What Happened

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Not What Happened
 is rooted in the politics of historical reenactment – the recreation of the past for the present. It's a contrapuntal duet for two people who could never meet: the historical re-enactor and the person they re-enact. 

What do we purposefully eliminate in order to speak of our ourselves – how do those gaps effect the historic record – and from that record what gets cut out in order to make a story viable to the casual visitor?  Do we ever know what happened?

Featuring TRACEY MALONEY and SALLY WINGERT



A Disaster Begins

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A lone woman’s unbreakable bond the hurricane that devastated the Texas island of Galveston in 1900, taking 6,000 lives in a single night.

Equipped with a pitcher of water and drinking glass she unravels the shocking truth behind this disaster, interweaving tales of presidential corruption, pubescent despair, patriotic fervor, pre-marital passion and paralyzing writer’s block.



IN THIS PLACE

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Lexington, KY has several adjoining historic districts. Four Generations of historic plaques dot those precincts. Fenced inside the brass borders of each plaque are what meager facts a metal rectangle can offer. There stood one house as old as all those chosen for public remembrance – unmarked – awaiting the wrecking ball. In This Place… is based on the true story Sam and Daphney Oldham who bought their way out of slavery to build this home in 1830. Five years later they disappeared.”



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