Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
In This Place...
Written and directed by Ain Gordon
Featuring Michelle Hurst, video by Joan Brannon
1830: Samuel and Daphney Oldham are the first free African-Americans to build their own home in Lexington, KY. Five years later they’re gone. Now, three-time Obie Award-winning artist Ain Gordon imagines the full story behind these bare facts from Daphney’s perspective.
This is the first installment of the Painted Bride’s two-year project examining place, supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative. This project matches the talents of two national award-winning independent artists: locally-based documentary filmmaker Nadine Patterson and stage writer-director Ain Gordon. Commissioned by the Bride, Gordon is charged with the mission of learning, inquiring, investigating, researching, unearthing, envisioning, writing, casting, rehearsing and finally premiering a unique, untold story on stage about our city’s social history in the spring of 2013.
*Special post-performance discussion on opening night, Thursday, March 8 with Ain Gordon and Nadine Patterson with moderator Germaine Ingram.
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Photo by Victor Jouvert.