Radicals in Miniature
Welcome to Ain Gordon’s theatric memoire, RADICALS IN MINIATURE - a resonant piece recalling the electric New York City in which Gordon grew up. He and Josh Quillen speak, sing, play, interrogate, and partner lovingly, conjuring the elegies of those who impacted latter 20th century “alternative” culture only to lose their toehold on immortality. Many of these figures flourished between 1967’s Summer of Love (not everyone’s love) and the moment the term ‘AIDS’ entered public usage. While some of these figures were cut down by the disease, others never imagined consolidating their personal radicalism for the growing consumer culture. “Ain as ‘Childe Harold’ witness creates an homage to downtown sensationalism, fleeting celebrity, desperation, an insider’s guide to kitsch, hype, camp, and everything in between, where faux celebrity lives, a teenager’s hormonal night dream.” (CultureBot) Ain Gordon is a three-time Obie Award-winning writer, director, and actor and a Guggenheim Fellow in Playwriting. Josh Quillen is a composer and performer-in-residence at Princeton University with Sō Percussion. The piece was developed at Baryshnikov Arts Center & Vermont Performance Lab.