Gordon Farrell, Playwright/Artistic Director/Executive Producer
Opening night of “Girls Who Walked on Glass” in New York City
Gordon Farrell’s play, “The Lifespan Of A Fact,” starring Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones, and Bobby Canavale, ran on Broadway from September 20th, 2018 to January 13, 2019. It was co-written with Jeremy Karegen & David Murrell, directed by Leigh Silverman, and produced by eight-time Tony Award winner Jeffrey Richards. . The play was a finalist for the New York Critics Circle Best New Play, and the New York Critics Circle Best New American Play, and received the John Gassner Award for New American Play from the Outer Critics Circle It was selected for the New York Times and the Boston Globe’s Critics List and Variety’s Ten Best Plays of 2018.
Trained as a playwright at the Yale School of Drama, Gordon received an MFA in 1986. His playwriting includes “Mendocino” (produced at the Yale School of Drama with Courtney B. Vance), “Alice Again,” “A Tin Star Over Tombstone,” and “Navigators” (produced at the Alleyway Theatre) as well as “The Voice of America” which was produced at The Yale School of Drama, off-off Broadway in New York, and at the Alleyway Theatre.
Gordon’s dark and hilarious plunge into the mind of Lewis Carroll, “Alice Again,” had its New York City Off-Broadway Premiere in November 2022. Co-produced by Stag & Lion Theatre, Golden Grand Piano, and Nicholas Kennedy, this semi-biographical look at the man who wrote “Alice in Wonderland” was a hit with the New York press. Playbill declared that it “uncovers the man behind Alice in Wonderland… a controversial figure in literary circles… on the day he reunites with the woman who inspired Alice in Wonderland.” Broadway World wrote “Gordon Farrell’s Alice Again examines the moral grey area between the author of Alice in Wonderland and his muse… Based on his actual diary entries from that day, Dodgson is overwhelmed by his anxiety and imagines a world in which his own characters put him on trial for moral impropriety.”
From 2009 to 2013, Gordon worked with dozens of women on New York’s Lower East Side who wanted to tell their personal stories on stage. The series of monologue plays that grew out of it eventually became known as “The Red Anthology.” In 2019, it was transformed into a fully-realized, immersive theater experience, “Girls Who Walked On Glass,” that ran for four weeks in Buffalo, New York, with sold out houses and rave reviews. In 2022, “Girls Who Walked on Glass was produced in New York City for eight performances. Lauren Conlin at PopStyle-TV called it “An amazing new play!” and the excitement it created may lead to a longer run in 2023 or 2024.
Gordon is also the author of “The Power of the Playwright’s Vision”, published by Heinemann Press in 2001. Translated internationally, it is now used as a standard playwriting text on three continents.
Teaching in NYU’s Dramatic Writing Department for 30 years, Gordon’s students include many Tony, Pulitzer and Obie Award-winning playwrights, as well award-winning television and film writers. Among them are Annie Baker, Lucas Hnath, Christopher Shinn, Marco Rameriz, Madeleine George, Chisa Hutchinson, Anthony Jaswinski, Yahlin Chang, Jessica Goldberg, Stephanie Sengupta, Rinne Groff, Shinho Lee, Kris Diaz and Colin Trevorrow.
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