In This Place

Downtown darling Ain Gordon got a commission from LexArts in Kentucky to create a show about Lexington. His research led him to discover the fascinating story of Samuel and Daphney Oldham who, in 1830, were the first free African-Americans to build their own home in Lexington, KY. Five years later, they disappeared, never to be heard from again. The house still stands – a mystery, a monument to the lost histories of the South and the subtle shifting sands of collective memory.

Gordon has crafted an eloquent, haunting and poetic monologue that imagines the Oldham’s story as told by Daphney, returned from the great beyond. This powerful new one-woman play with video is performed by Brooklyn’s own Michelle Hurst, presented by 651 Arts at the Irondale Center.

There’s a nice, in-depth article on the show at flyover (an artsjournal blog) and there are some MP3 interviews on the Kentucky-based arts blog of writer Rich Copely.

Mark your calendar and be sure to check it out!

651 ARTS and The Irondale Ensemble Project present

a Pick Up Performance Co(S.) production

in collaboration with LexArts

In This Place


Written and directed by Ain Gordon

Starring Michelle Hurst

January 29- 31 | February 6 & 7 | 7:30pm


The Irondale Center

85 South Oxford (between Lafayette & Fulton)


Tickets: $20 | $15 students, seniors

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