Ain Gordon | Performance Space New York

A Disaster Begins

A Disaster Begins

“Seeking order in a life, a war, and a deluge…(with) cleareyed passion.” – The New York Times

A lone woman’s unbreakable bond with the hurricane that devastated the Texas island of Galveston in 1900, taking 6,000 lives in a single night. With only a pitcher of water and drinking glass she unravels the shocking truth behind this disaster, weaving in tales of presidential corruption, pubescent despair, patriotic fervor, pre-marital passion and paralyzing writer’s block.

Ain Gordon is a three-time Obie winning writer/director/actor, a two-time NYFA recipient and a Guggenheim Fellow in Playwriting. Commissioned/produced/presented by NYTW, Soho Rep., The Public, 651 ARTS, DTW, PS122, Kitchen Theatre, and HERE, etc (all NY); Mark Taper (CA), George Street Playhouse (NJ), Krannert (IL), Baltimore Museum of Art (MD), DiverseWorks (TX), Spirit Square (NC), North Fourth Arts Center (NM), LexArts (KY), etc. Core Writer at Playwrights’ Center and Co-Director of Pick Up Performance Co(s)

Mon, Jan 10 2011

Stories Left to Tell

stories left to tell

“Vividly funny. joyous, devastating, affecting, gorgeous…a breathing portrait.” – Ben Brantley, New York Times

“Fresh, engaging, moving, powerful. Gray’s words not only relate the story of his own life, they allow a new group of artists to reflect on what being alive can mean.” – Mark Blankenship, Variety

Stories Left to Tell catapults us into the hilarious and heartbreaking life and words of one of the most revered storytellers of our time. A five-person ensemble performs Spalding Gray’s legendary stories and monologues—interwoven with previously unpublished material from his letters and journals. As Backstage put it: “Gray was a funny funny man; this show is a gift.”

Starring Ain Gordon, Kathleen Chalfant, Hazelle Goodman, and Bob Holman

Wed Jan 5 with Rich Kind / Fri Jan 7 with David Straithairn / Sun Jan 9 with Jonathan Ames / Tues Jan 11 with Whoopi Goldberg

Conceived and Directed by Kathleen Russo and Lucy Sexton

Gray developed may of his famed monologues at Performance Space 122 and it is still home to his signature desk. Gray developed and created Morning, Noon and Night, Gray on Gray and Interviewing the Audience at PS122, where he was working on Life Interrupted at the time of his death.

January 5,7,9 & 11, 2011
Wed, Jan 5 6:30PM / Fri, Jan 7 6:30PM / Sun, Jan 9 9:30PM / Tue, Jan 11 4:30PM

Single Tickets:

$30, $15 (students/seniors)

Help PS122 Go Green by viewing your Stories Left To Tell program online!

Art, Life, & Show-Biz

P.S. 122, in conjunction with the Pick-Up Performance Company, presents the world premiere of Art, Life, & Show-Biz, A Non-Fiction Play. Written, transcribed and directed by Ain Gordon, the piece is culled from interviews, archival research and stories from his cast: Helen Gallagher, of Broadway musical theater fame; Lola Pashalinski, a founding member of Charles Ludlam’s Theater of the Ridiculous; and Valda Setterfield, British-born long-time Merce Cunningham dancer.

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