217 Boxes of Dr. Anonymous: A Play-in-Progress & Historical Context

28 Apr 2016
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York


Dr. Anonymous at the American Psychiatric Association annual meeting in 1972. Photo by Kay Tobin, courtesy New York Public Library Collections.

Through An Artist Embedded in History, Obie award-winning playwright Ain Gordon has "embedded" himself in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's daily functions, in order to reflect on the processes of how history is documented and preserved. The result of this two-year residency is 217 Boxes of Dr. Anonymous, a new play by Gordon that profiles Dr. John Fryer, known as "Dr. Anonymous," one of the pioneers of the LGBT rights movement.

On April 28, Gordon will perform an excerpt of the play at the New York Public Library, followed by an exploration of the Library's vast archives of LGBT activist materials, presented by the Library's coordinator of humanities and LGBT collections, Jason Maumann.

This is event is free; please RSVP here.