Ain Gordon with Josh Quillen: Pick Up Performance Co(s)
"Ain Gordon haunts the margins of history…conjur[ing] the sort of distant lives that don’t make it into textbooks, processed into oblivion by what he calls history’s ‘ruthless editing machine.’”
- The New York Times
Radicals in Miniature is a series of textual-sonic odes to personal icons of 20th century “alternative” culture that lost their toehold on immortality and (in the pre-Internet era) their place in public memory. Conjuring years between 1967’s Summer Of Love (not everyone’s “love”) and 1982/83, when The New York Times finally published the word ”AIDS,” Radicals is performed by 3-time Obie Award winner Ain Gordon and Sō Percussion's Josh Quillen, theatrically annotating our cultural record via alternative requiems to the undersung: punk drummer David Hahn, dance reveler Elaine Shipman, club performer John Sex, disco artist Sylvester, and more.
Radicals in Miniature follows two prior collaborations from the work’s co-creators: Where (we) Live (2012) and A Gun Show (2016)—both directed by Gordon and performed by the acclaimed ensemble Sō Percussion. In Radicals, Gordon makes his first stage appearance since the acclaimed Off-Broadway production Spalding Gray: Stories Left To Tell.
Radicals in Miniature was created in collaboration with dramaturge Talvin Wilks. Lighting design is by Jennifer Tipton. Projections are by Ed Fitzgerald and Nick Ryckert.
The work was developed, in part, during a Spring 2015 residency at BAC.