How do we honor this landmark in a struggle that began before the “first brick was thrown” and still continues? How do we tribute the indignation, outrageousness (fabulousness) and complexity of ALL those present 50 years ago – without retroactively endowing them with certainty or cohesion or de-problematizing their differences? An informal talk with award winning playwright Ain Gordon and rural queer/trans organizer HB Lozito.
Stonewall at 50
Ain Gordon is a three-time Obie Award-winning writer/director/actor, a two-time NYFA recipient and a Guggenheim Fellow in Playwriting. Gordon’s work focuses on marginalized or forgotten histories and the invisible players inhabiting that space. Recent projects include Radicals In Miniature: a series of requiems to personal icons that premiered in 2017 at Baryshnikov Arts Center (NY) and Vermont Performance Lab and toured in 2018/19 to International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Quick Center, Connecticut College (all CT), plus Williams College and The Yard (both MA); 217 Boxes Of Dr. Henry Anonymous: culminating a two-year residency at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania focused on Dr. John Fryer who, in 1972, disguised as Dr. Anonymous opposed the American Psychiatric Association’s classification of homosexuality as a disease which premiered in 2016 at the Painted Bride (PA) plus 2018 performances at the Baryshnikov Arts Center (NY) and projected 2019 productions at Transylvania University (KY) and the Center For The Art of Performance UCLA (CA); and Not What Happened: a contrapuntal duet for two people that never meet - the historical re-enactor and the woman she portrays – which premiered in 2013 at the BAM Next Wave Festival (NY), and toured to Krannert Center (IL),Vermont Performance Lab & the Flynn Center (both VT), etc.
Collaborations: with Sō Percussion presented at the Walker Art Center (MN), BAM Next Wave Festival (NY), River To River (NY), and Philadelphia Fringe, etc; with Samita Sinha at American Dance Institute (MD) and PS122 COIL Festival (NYC); with Emily Johnson/Catalyst Dance at Northrop (MN), NYLA & Performance Space 122 (NY), On The Boards (WA), and ODC (CA), etc; with Bebe Miller at the Wexner Center (OH), Myrna Loy Center/Helena Presents (MT), and Bates Dance Festival (ME), etc; with David Gordon at American Repertory Theatre (MA), American Conservatory Theater (CA) and American Music Theatre Festival (PA).
Gordon appeared in the original Off-Broadway cast of Spalding Gray: Stories Left To Tell and toured the production to venues including UCLA LIVE (CA), Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (OR), ICA Boston (Elliot Norton Award nom), the Walker (MN), and New Territories (UK), etc.
Gordon is a former Core Writer of the Playwright’s Center (MN), has twice held the post of Visiting Artist at the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (PA), was a 2014 Artist-In-Residence at NYU Tisch School of The Arts, and Resident Artist at The Hermitage (FL). Gordon is Co-Founder of the Urban Memory Project and has been Co-Director of the Pick Up Performance Co(s) since 1992.
In their role as the executive director of Green Mountain Crossroads, HB Lozito is building the power of rural LGBTQ people. They have spent nearly 20 years organizing in the queer & trans community. The creator of the Andrews Inn Oral History Project, HB's work explores the previously hidden history of this rural gay bar, disco, & hotel, that existed from 1973-1984. HB is also a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program and a Better Selves Fellow.
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