AIN GORDON is a three-
time Obie Award-winning
writer/director/actor, a two-
time NYFA recipient, a
John Simon Guggenheim
Memorial Foundation Fellow
in Playwriting, and the inaugural
Visiting Artist at The Pew Center
for Arts & Heritage 2011-2013.
NOT WHAT HAPPENED
Sept. 6—Sept. 7, 2013
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, VT
Sept. 19—Sept. 20, 2013
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana-Champaign, IL Tickets →
Sept. 25—Sept. 29, 2013
Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Fesitival, Brooklyn, NY
Oct. 5, 2013
onStage at Connecticut College, New London, CT
A duet for two people who never meet: the historical re-enactor and the flesh and blood woman she portrays. For both figures it’s baking day. The re-enactor unspools her official history plus her twenty-year devotion to this woman she pretends to be but isn’t. Her doppelganger, talking to herself, toils though her actual day two centuries earlier. History lived vies with history told; can we ever know what really happened?
Conceived/Written by Ain Gordon
Images by Forrest Holzapfel
Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll
Images by photographer Forrest Holzapfel
Set and Costume Design by Arnulfo Maldonado
Sound Design by Jane Shaw
Lighting by Nick Ryckert
Not What Happened was supported, in part, by The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund co-commissioned project. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency).
Theatrically debating the
relationship Native American’s
have to the history Anglo culture
has forcibly written for
them – conceived/written/
directed by Ain Gordon
in collaboration with New Mexico-
Ramona Emerson and Kelly Byars
(married Native-American artists;
she is Navajo, he is Choctaw).
Commissioned by and
performed at the
North Fourth Arts Center
Albuquerque, NM November
16th and 17th 2012 with
additional funding from the
Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund,
Leon Lowenstein Foundation
Rooted in the real lives of
Daphney and Samuel Oldham,
the first free African-American’s
to build their own house in
Lexington, KY - in 1830.
Told from Daphney’s perspective,
IN THIS PLACE... conjures a
dead woman striving to preserve
her “living days.” “Haunting,” she says,
“is just a ghost trying to remember”
Written/directed by Ain Gordon
with video by Joan Brannon.
Co-Commissioned with LexArts,
funding by the NEA and the
Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund.
Downtown Arts Lexington KY 2008,
651Arts Brooklyn w/Irondale Center 2009,
Kitchen Theatre Co. Ithaca NY 2010.
Meet Philadelphia’s first multiracial collective of female reformers at the moment they chose to move. If She Stood is an immersive theatrical experience in which the Bride’s performance space is transformed into a 19th century Quaker meeting — the time and place that gave birth to the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society. Audiences step into the minds of Sarah Mapps Douglass, Sarah Grimke, Angelina Weld Grimké, and Sarah Pugh, who collectively stood to abolish slavery, literally invent the women’s rights movement and right a host of societal wrongs. If She Stood reveals the conversation and the influential deeds of these largely-overlooked heroines and petitions us all to revisit the way we view our city’s rich history. Audiences discover their courageous work which framed the social discourse and struggles that helped shape Philadelphia and the nation as a whole — their story continues to have significant relevance to social conversations we are having today about social equality.
Written & Directed by Ain Gordon
Commissioned by the Painted Bride Art Center
In collaboration with the Pick Up Performance Co(s)
Ain Gordon’s If She Stood has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and is made possible in part by support from the National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency Program. For more information: www.npnweb.org.
A lone woman’s unbreakable
bond with the hurricane
that devastated Galveston, TX
in 1900, taking 6,000 lives in one night.
Equipped with a pitcher of water and
drinking glass she unravels the outrageous
truth behind this disaster, plus tales of
presidential corruption, pubescent despair,
patriotic fervor, pre-marital passion and
paralyzing writer’s block.
Written/directed by Ain Gordon.
Co- Commissioning funds
from National Performance Network(NPN),
DiverseWorks, Houston TX;
HERE Arts Center, 2009,
funding from the
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
Written and performed in
American Sign Language and spoken English,
EPIC detonates familial
(mis)communication in two languages.
Navigating a vertiginous world of history
that won’t die, the characters ask;
“must genetics equal destiny?”
Cast with deaf, hard of hearing,
and hearing performers.
Written/directed by Ain Gordon.
Dance Theater Workshop
originally in 1988 and again by
DTW for the remount in 2003.
North 4th Arts Center Albuquerque NM 2007,
Krannert Center University of Illinois 2007.