Playwright Ain Gordon will collaborate with composer Josh Quillen and dramaturge Talvin Wilks on Secret Project/Last People I know, a non-fiction ode to a cabal of cultural/political/personal icons impacting latter 20th century America, only to lose their toehold on immortality.
Ain Gordon is a three-time Obie Award-winning writer, director, and actor, a two-time NYFA recipient and a Guggenheim Fellow in Playwriting. His current projects include a two-year residency at the Historic Society of Pennsylvania funded by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage which is culminating in a new play in 2016, collaborating with Sō Percussion (MAP fund) on new work premiering at BAM in 2016, and directing Emily Johnson/Catalyst Dance’s Shore which premiered at Northrop Auditorium and tours in 2015 to New York Live Arts, On The Boards, and ODC.
Previously, Gordon has been commissioned, developed, and presented by BAM Next Wave Festival, New York Theater Workshop, Soho Rep., The Public Theatre, 651 ARTS, Dance Theater Workshop, Performance Space 122, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Kitchen Theatre, and HERE Arts Center in New York, and outside of New York at the Mark Taper Forum, the George Street Playhouse, MASS MoCA, the Krannert Center, the Flynn, Baltimore Museum of Art, DiverseWorks, Vermont Performance Lab, Painted Bride Art Center, Spirit Square, VSA North Fourth Arts Center, Jacob’s Pillow, LexArts, and Dance Space, etc.
Previous collaborations include directing Sō Percussion’s where (we) live at the Walker Art Center, BAM Next Wave Festival, River To River, and Philadelphia Fringe, and two projects with choreographer Bebe Miller presented at the Wexner Center, Myrna Loy Center/Helena Presents, and Bates Dance Festival, as well as collaborations with David Gordon commissioned/produced by American Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, and American Music Theatre Festival. Gordon appeared in the original Off-Broadway cast of Spalding Gray: Stories Left To Tell and toured the production to venues including UCLA, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, ICA Boston (Elliot Norton Award nominee), the Walker, and New Territories, etc. Gordon’s 2003 work; Art Life & Show-Biz; A Non-Fiction Play, has been published in Palgrave Macmillan’s Dramaturgy Of The Real On The World Stage. Gordon also wrote for NBC’s Will & Grace.
Gordon’s work has received supported from Jerome, Greenwall, the NEA, NYSCA, AT&T, MAP (four times), ART NY, Mellon, Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art, and NPN among many others. Gordon is a former Core Writer of the Playwright’s Center and was the inaugural Visiting Artist at the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage- he is currently a Resident Artist at The Hermitage. Gordon is co-founder of the Urban Memory Project and has been co-director of the Pick Up Performance Co(s) since 1992.
All photos: Andrew Eccles