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.


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