In the first year of the Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop, they rotate the lyricists with the composers for each project. The final project is a ten minute musical. Having gotten in with no real musical theater experience, I was panicky and insecure about having enough time to write one in three weeks. My solution […]
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First show: “Carousel,” the Lincoln Center revival with John Raitt, 1965. I was 5 or 6. Odd fact that stays with me — the Starkeeper was played by Edward Everett Horton, whose name I recognized as the narrator of “The Fractured Fairy Tales” from The Bullwinkle and Rocky show. First off-Broadway show: “You’re a Good […]
Now that the libretto for our musical “The Usual” has been published, I thought I’d tell you how it came to be. It happened because of the Raw Impressions Music Theatre. This was a wonderfully insane, low-budget project that would put together evenings of ten minute musicals written in 48 hours. Eight writers and eight […]
1. Stories Before the Apocalypse
16 Feb 2018, Friday 14:00 – 15:00, Marina 4 (Westin)
We’re familiar with post-apocalyptic futures, from Max’s desert hellscape to Katniss’s dystopic districts. But what about right before the cataclysm — as doom and destruction loom large? How do people live? How do relationships change as we shift into survival mode? Let’s share our few existing “must-read” favorites, and discuss stories we’d like to see. Juliana Spink Mills, James Patrick Kelly (M), Julie C. Day, Alan Gordon, John Chu
2. Reading by Alan Gordon
16 Feb 2018, Friday 16:30 – 17:00, Independence (Westin)
3. Law and Justice in Speculative Fiction
16 Feb 2018, Friday 17:00 – 18:00, Burroughs (Westin)
In an SF or fantasy world, justice may be meted out by a familiar legal system, by religious hierarchies that rule through faith, by some corrupt order that props up an evil regime, etc. How do you show the complex evolution/interplay of a society and its justice system in a single tale? Why do so many stories concentrate on crime and criminals? How do you quickly sketch out a justice system for a culture that’s different from our own? B. Diane Martin, Bracken MacLeod, Kenneth Schneyer (M), Alan Gordon, Auston Habershaw
My composer/collaborator/friend Joy Son and I have been selected for the York Theatre’s 2017 NEO program. Three of our songs, “Then It Turned To Love,” “Zap!” and “See Me Now,” were featured in a concert on October 16, 2017, and it was brilliant. Videos of the performances, as well as previous performances of our work, may be found at Joy’s YouTube collection.
Where Werewolves Fear To Tread is in print! A new novel continuing the adventures of Sam Lehrmann, who made his debut in the story “Fresh Meat.” From the aptly named Thurston Howl Publications. Here are the blurbs: “Where Werewolves Fear to Tread has everything I want in a suspense novel: heroes and villains large and small, a hidden book, and an ending that will set your heart racing.” Charlaine Harris. “A new alpha has joined the pack of paranormal writers. Alan Gordon blends science and mysticism in Where Werewolves Fear to Tread, along with appealing characters, a tricky plot, and enough suspense to make your hair—or fur—stand on end. It’s a howling success, and readers will be panting for more!” Leigh Perry, Author of the Family Skeleton series
My Kleban Prize-winning script for “The Usual” is in Volume 2 of Williamston Anthology: 10 Years of Original Theatre. Buy it here!
The Swarthmore College Alumni Bulletin featured me in an article.
My appearance on “The Moth Radio Hour” is available here.