Pick Up Performance Co(s)
Conceived and written by Ain Gordon
Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll
How do we reconstruct a place in time when it leaves no trace?
In Not What Happened, Obie Award-winning writer-director
Ain Gordon, photographer Forrest Holzapfel, and director Ken Rus
Schmoll take that question to the overlooked farms and fallow
fields of America’s rural past.
Two seemingly identical women appear on stage: one is a historical reenactor nearing the end of her career, theatrically channeling a bygone 1804; the other is her doppelganger, the 19th-century subject she “recreates.” Amid projected images of cast-off farm tools and other ruins of rural life, we follow the reenactor’s crafted narrative alongside that of her ghostly double. History lived vies with history told, leaving us to wonder: can we ever know what really happened?
Images by photographer Forrest Holzapfel
Set and costume design by Arnulfo Maldonado
Lighting design by Nick Ryckert
With Ain Gordon and Forrest Holzapfel
Fri, Sep 27
David Finkle moderates this artist talk, which takes place in the performance venue and is free for same-day ticket holders.
Ain Gordon is a three-time Obie Award-winning writer, director, and actor.