1972: Dr. John Fryer dons an oversize tuxedo and rubber joke shop mask to become Dr. Henry Anonymous and confront the American Psychiatric Association with these words: “I am a homosexual, I am a psychiatrist.” This new play combs Fryer’s 217-box archive, unearthing three figures from his life; asking each to draw a portrait of the man behind the mask.
This is the culmination of a two year project AN ARTIST EMBEDDED, led by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and three time Obie winning writer/director Ain Gordon.
“Mr. Gordon conjures the sort of distant lives that don’t make it into textbooks, processed into oblivion by what he calls history’s “ruthless editing machine.” –The New York Times
Major support for An Artist Embedded has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.