Premiere New York Premiere
Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description How do we reconstruct a place in time when it leaves no trace? In Not What Happened, Obie Award-winning writer-director Ain Gordon, photographer Forrest Holzapfel, and director Ken Rus Schmoll take that question to the overlooked farms and fallow fields of America’s rural past.
Two seemingly identical women appear on stage: one is a historical reenactor nearing the end of her career, theatrically channeling a bygone 1804; the other is her doppelganger, the 19th-century subject she “recreates.” Amid projected images of cast-off farm tools and other ruins of rural life, we follow the reenactor’s crafted narrative alongside that of her ghostly double. History lived vies with history told, leaving us to wonder: can we ever know what really happened?