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Gordon Farrell is an American playwright who lives in New York city and is originally from San Francisco, California. His play "The Lifespan of A Fact" (co-written with Jeremy Karegen and David Murrell)ran on Broadway from 2018 to 2019. He was made playwright in residence at the Alleyway Theatre of Buffalo from 2019 to 2020. Gordon has an MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama.

Gordon has also worked extensively in Hollywood, initially as a story analyst for Warner Brothers and Columbia Pictures, and eventually as a screenwriter. He has written for hire and sold screenplays to Universal Pictures, Warner Brothers, MGM and ITC. He has worked with Robert Simonds (producer of "The Wedding Singer", "Molly's Game", "Mile 22"); Neil Moritz (producer of "XXX", "I Know What You Did Last Summer", "Fast and Furious") and Bruce Berman (producer of "The Matrix", "Three Kings", "Mad Max: Fury Road").

Working in independent film, Gordon has written for and sold projects to NYC indie producer Norman Twain (producer, "Lean On Me", "Boycott", "My Dog Tulip"). Gordon's first independent screenplay, "Girls Who Smoke", premiered in 2011. It went on to be an official selection at over a dozen film festivals, ultimately winning the Audience Choice Award in Seattle at the Post Alley Film Festival.

As a playwright, 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 was called "In The Red Room/Every Woman Dances For Someone." His plays have also been produced in San Francisco, at the Alleyway Theatre in Buffalo, at the Yale School of Drama in New Haven, and at Primary Stages in New York. He authored the book for a series of award-winning musicals based on the life and death of Sherlock Holmes, which ran for three seasons in Buffalo, NY.

He is the author of "The Power of the Playwright's Vision", published by Heinemann Press in 2001. Translated internationally, it is now being used as a standard playwriting text in Europe, Asia, and North America.

Gordon has been on the fcaulty of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts teaching playwriting and screenwriting since 1991.

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Rubicon Theatre Launches 25th Season With THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT

Rubicon Theatre will launch its 25th Anniversary Season, entitled TRULY YOURS, with The Fountain Theatre’s acclaimed West Coast Premiere production of THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT running October 4 - 21, 2023. Learn more about the play and how to get tickets here!

Reynaldo Piniella, Jennifer Van Dyck & Jonathan Walker Star In THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT At Sharon Playhouse

Reynaldo Piniella, Jennifer Van Dyck, and Jonathan Walker star in 'THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT' directed by Tony nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge at Sharon Playhouse. Catch this captivating play from September 29 - October 15.

Rubicon Theatre Company to Present LIFESPAN OF A FACT, ONCE, and More in 25th Silver Anniversary Season

RUBICON THEATRE, Ventura County’s leading not-for-profit theatrical organization committed to entertaining, engaging and enriching the lives of the region’s residents and visitors through innovative live performances, has unveiled the company’s highly anticipated 25th Anniversary “Silver” Season, entitled TRULY YOURS. 

Desert Ensemble Theater Releases Single Tickets For 13th Season

Desert Ensemble Theater has released individual tickets for its 13th season and its third year in residence at the Palm Springs Cultural Center.

TimeLine Theatre's PJ Powers and Juliet Hart to Return to the Stage in THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT

Don't miss the exciting comeback of Artistic Director PJ Powers and company member Juliet Hart in TimeLine Theatre's THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT. Get all the details and experience the magic of their performance in this must-see production.

Gina Naomi Baez, James Beaman, Justin Michael Duval And Ivan Howe To Lead OLIVER At Sharon Playhouse

Sharon Playhouse, the arts and entertainment venue in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut, continuing its tradition of pairing extraordinary talent from Broadway, television, and film with talented local actors from the the community of Northwest Connecticut and beyond, is delighted to present Lionel Bart's classic musical, Oliver! based on the Charles Dickens novel, Oliver Twist, from August 4 - 20.

Desert Ensemble Theatre Reveals Cast of SINGING WITH THE DESERT STARS

Desert Ensemble Theater (DET) has announced Celebrity Star Contestants and Star Coaches for the second annual Singing With the Desert Stars, the company’s gala benefit on Friday, October 6, 2023 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center.

Jen Cody, Max Crumm & More to Star in SOMETHING ROTTEN! at Sharon Playhouse

Sharon Playhouse will present the Playhouse premiere of the musical comedy Something Rotten by John O’Farrell, Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick. Learn how to purchase tickets!

Desert Ensemble Theatre Reveals 13th Season: “Off Center at the Cultural Center”

Desert Ensemble Theater’s (DET) Artistic Director Jerome Elliott Moskowitz announced the company’s 13th season, continuing its tradition of presenting new, groundbreaking, and offbeat plays.

TimeLine Theatre Company to Present THE LEHMAN TRILOGY, THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT, and More in 2023-24 Season

TimeLine Theatre Company, acclaimed for presenting plays that explore today's social and political issues through the lens of the past, has announced its 27th season. The company's 2023-24 subscription season will launch in September with the previously announced Chicago premiere of the internationally acclaimed THE LEHMAN TRILOGY presented at Broadway In Chicago's Broadway Playhouse.

Interview: Doug McLaughlin of THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT at Chatham Playhouse

Chatham Playhouse presents The Lifespan of a Fact by Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell. The Lifespan of a Fact tells the story of a young and enthusiastic intern at an acclaimed literary magazine who is assigned to fact-check a high profile essay by a celebrated author. Complications ensue as the two battle over 'facts' and 'truth,' and the importance of both. The play is based in part on the book of the same name by Jim Fingal and John D'Agata.

Review: THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT at Hampton Theatre Company

What did our critic think of THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT at Hampton Theatre Company?

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG & More Lead Los Angeles' April 2023 Theater Top Picks

Los Angeles is never lacking outstanding theatre, whether epic Broadway shows, engrossing dramas or bold fringe offerings. BroadwayWorld is rounding up our top recommended theatre every month. Our top picks for April 2023 include Merrily We Roll Along, Peter and the Starcatcher, and more!

Review: THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT at Fountain Theatre

Simon Levy’s production at the Fountain Theatre is a smartly-acted brain-tickler that makes its points and lands its blows with humor and intellect

Photos: First Look at the West Coast Premiere of THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT at The Fountain Theatre

What’s more important: writing the truth, or telling a good story? The Fountain Theatre’s West Coast premiere of the Broadway hit play, The Lifespan of a Fact, opens tonight at the Fountain Theatre in East Hollywood, with multiple award-winning director Simon Levy at the helm. Check out photos from the production here!

The Studio Players Announces 2023-2024 Season 11

Scott Lilly, CEO and Producing Artistic Director of The Studio Players, has announced their 2023-2024 season 11.

Interview: Fountain Theatre's Simon Levy Shares His LIFESPAN OF A FACT

The Fountain Theatre west coast premieres Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell’s The Lifespan of a Fact opening February 18, 2023 (with previews starting February 15th). Fountain Theatre’s producing director Simon Levy directs the cast of Ron Bottitta, Inger Tudor and Jonah Robinson. Simon took some time between his rehearsals to give me some insight to the behind-the-scenes of Lifespan and the Fountain.

Review: THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT at Keegan Theatre

In a world of fake news, alternate facts, social media frenzy and an increasingly opinionated and polarized public/audience, the issues raised in the intellectually challenging play The Lifespan of a Fact are more relevant than ever.  Now being presented at the Keegan Theatre, this play may be short in length, but it probingly explores the weighty issues of the passion of the essay writer/prose stylist versus the scrupulous and zealous fact-checking of the journalist/article writer.

Review: THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT at Theatre Artists Studio ~ A Work of Timely Importance

THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT ~ a play of consequence, superbly directed by Richard Powers Hardt and featuring stellar performances by Tom Koelbel, Jake Nichols, and Debra Rich, runs through February 5th at Theatre Artists Studio in Scottsdale AZ.

THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT West Coast Premiere to be Presented at The Fountain Theatre in February

What's more important: writing the truth, or telling a good story? The Fountain Theatre will present the West Coast premiere of the Broadway hit play, The Lifespan of a Fact, by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell.

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