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.

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