Sunday, May 5, 2013

Two Minutes with Ain Gordon: Meeting Middle Age


Painted Bride transforming into Quaker Meeting House.
Photo by P. Sumpter
Despite its setting "If She Stood" isn't all about the past - it's all about the present. Playwright Ain Gordon, who created the production with filmmaker Nadine Patterson explains what he wants the audience to carry as they leave the play.
Spend two or more minutes with Ain Gordon as he explains and discusses:


This blog explores issues raised by "If She Stood," a play by Ain Gordon and Nadine Patterson for the Place Philadelphia project. Please subscribe to receive posts in your email.
"If She Stood" will have its final performance on Sunday May 5, 2013 at 3 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Two Minutes with Ain Gordon: Re-Marking on History


Historical Marker at 5th and Arch.
Photo by P. Sumpter
History is the warp and weft of Philadelphia's life. Much of that history is captured in markers. But playwright Ain Gordon ask whether the plaques help us remember important places, people and events, or re-forget the past that shapes us.

Spend two more minutes with Ain Gordon discussing
Personal Revolution
Where History Stops
Where Drama Starts

This blog explores issues raised by "If She Stood," a play by Ain Gordon and Nadine Patterson for the Place Philadelphia project. Please subscribe to receive posts in your email.
"If She Stood" will run for two more performances:

Saturday, May, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Sunday May 5, 2013 at 3 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now - BUY HERE.

Friday, May 3, 2013

IF SHE STOOD Honorees

We thought the world premiere of If She Stood was the ideal opportunity to recognize women in our community who are currently standing for all of us to transform our city into a more dynamic and inclusive community. Each evening we honor a group of women who are STANDING today.

IF SHE STOOD HONOREES:


FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013

Luxme Hariharan is currently a third year Ophthalmology resident at the University of Pennsylvania Scheie Eye Institute, who tries to abide by her grandmother’s wisdom, “from those to whom much is given, much is to be expected”. She was born in Hyderabad, India, lived in Nairobi, Kenya and grew up in Madison, WI. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin Madison majoring in Spanish & Latin American & Caribbean Studies, her medical degree at the University of Wisconsin and a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with an emphasis on global health policy. She completed at internship in Pediatrics at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY prior to moving to Philadelphia for residency. Luxme  has a passion in international health and policy, and is fluent in Spanish &  Tamil and conversational in Hindi & French. She has experience creating health care policies in the Wisconsin State Legislature and analyzing tobacco control guidelines with the World Health Organization, and has lobbied for health care legislation in Harrisburg, PA and Washington DC on behalf of the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, respectively. She recently traveled to San Salvador, El Salvador to work with the Ministry of Health on childhood blindness prevention and is currently working with UNICEF &  the Ministry of Health in Buenos Aires, Argentina on improving guidelines and policies pertaining to Retinopathy of Prematurity ( ROP) in collaboration with  PAHO, The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia and the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. In Philadelphia, she is working with the citywide childhood obesity initiative and the Children’s Hospital of Philaldelphia to start a novel multidisciplinary clinic addressing vision problems caused by childhood obesity. She also coordiates ophthalmology residents to perform free eye exams at Puentes de Salud a free health clinic that serves Philadelphia’s latino population. She is on the board of directors of the National Physcians Alliance and sits on the public health committee for the Philadelphia County Medical Society.  Next year she will be pursuing a Pediatric ophthalmology fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Insitute in Miami, FL. As a Pediatric Ophthalmologist, her  goal is to pursue a career with an emphasis on advocacy and creating effective programs & policies to prevent childhood blindness both locally and abroad.

Two Minutes with Ain Gordon: Personal Revolution


Nadine Patterson and Ain Gordon  creators of "If She Stood"
Photo by P. Sumpter
Playwright Ain Gordon rests on history, but he's not leaning on it. He said that position made writing "If She Stood" than his previous work, "In This Place."
The latter production was commissioned by Lexington, Ky., and revolved around an unmarked house in the city's historic district. Gordon found the house was the first structure built by a free Black man. So he told the story, not of the man, but of his wife. In "If She Stood," Gordon says he's not as concerned with the public record. In this short clip, he talks about his fascination with the interior lives of women whose dedication took them into the public sphere in an era when society conspired to keep women silent and hidden.

Spend two minutes with Ain Gordon while he discusses:
Re-Marking on History
Where History Stops
Where Drama Starts


This blog explores issues raised by "If She Stood," a play by Ain Gordon and Nadine Patterson for the Place Philadelphia project. Please subscribe to receive posts in your email.
"If She Stood" will run for three more performances:

Friday, May 3, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, May, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Sunday May 5, 2013 at 3 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now - BUY HERE.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Two Minutes with Ain Gordon: Where History Stops


Ain Gordon and Nadine Patterson
Ain Gordon and Nadine Patterson Photo by P. Sumpter
Playwright Ain Gordon wants you to view "If She Stood" with a skeptical eye. Although history has informed the work he produced with filmmaker Nadine Patterson, Gordon is clear: the play is not a documentary.
"If She Stood" is not to be taken as a definitive account. Neither should a standard history text, Gordon says.
That's because "history" is narrative, just like a movie. When a film is cut – re-edited – the story changes. When history is re-edited or re-examined, the story changes as well.
Gordon spends two minutes discussing his attitude toward history, and the attitude he wants his audience to bring to "If She Stood.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Two Minutes with Ain Gordon: Where Drama Starts


The gap between pure history and pure drama is as large as the sap between pure fact and pure fiction - and it's where playwright Ain Gordon stands.
He is an award-winning director, playwright and actor who focuses on people and events which are often overlooked or marginalized in 'official' histories," according to his Wikipedia page.

I spoke with him in February, when he was working "If She Stood," which he produced with Nadine Patterson. I'd watched a PBS production that used dramatic re-enactments in a documentary on abolitionists and abolitionism. Although I was unsatisfied with the show, it inspired an appreciation for the task Gordon was undertaking.

In this series of posts, Ain Gordon tells how he approaches his work, how he approaches his audience, and shares his attitude toward historical "facts." I'll post a conversation daily from May 1 to May 5.
 Spend two more minutes with Ain Gordon as he discusses:

Re-Marking on History
Personal Revolution
Where History Stops



This blog explores issues raised by "If She Stood," a play by Ain Gordon and Nadine Patterson for the Place Philadelphia project. Please subscribe to receive posts in your email.
"If She Stood" will run for two more performances:

Saturday, May, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Sunday May 5, 2013 at 3 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now - BUY HERE.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

From the Library Company Blog: Commemorating Abolitionism in 1830s Philadelphia

Our friends at the Library Company of Philadelphia have been great assets to the Place Philadelphia project. Check out the blog post from Library Company staffers Krystal Appiah and Nicole Joniec HERE. Get their insight on If She Stood and the companion exhibit, Freedom, Fire and Promiscuous Meetings.