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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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Bay Area Premiere of THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT Comes to Aurora Theatre Company

Aurora Theatre Company will end its 32nd season with the Bay Area Premiere of THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT by Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell, based on the book by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal. 
GIRLS WHO WALK ON GLASS Now Open Off-Broadway

Girls Who Walked on Glass is now running as an Off-Broadway Showcase in a limited run, which goes through June 9, 2024.
GIRLS WHO WALKED ON GLASS Will Move Off-Broadway Next Month

Girls Who Walked on Glass will open as an Off-Broadway Limited Run on May 16, 2024.  Performances will be through June 9, 2024, presented at The Alchemical Studios, 50 W.17th Street, New York City. 
LIFESPAN OF A FACT Begins Performances At Desert Theatre Ensemble

Center, will present The Lifespan of a Fact by Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell, January 26–28 and February 2–4, 2024. The play, a hit on Broadway in 2018, is based on a book by Jim Fingal and John D’Agata that detailed their personal experience preparing a magazine essay for publication in 2003.
THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT At Desert Ensemble Theatre

Desert Ensemble Theater (DET), in residence at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, will present The Lifespan of a Fact by Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell, January 26–28 and February 2–4, 2024.
Austin Pendleton, Santino Fontana and Brooke Bloom To Star In Reading of NAVIGATORS By Gordon Farrell

Broadway stars are set to open a new show reading in New York City. Stay tuned for more details on this exciting event.
Review: THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT at TimeLine Theatre

These days, truth is elusive — and Timeline Theatre’s THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT plays with that idea. It’s the age of endless fact-checking resources on the internet, but also the age of misinformation spread across TikTok, Reddit, and other social media. Wherein lies the truth? And what is accurate? Sometimes, it’s hard to say. THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT meditates on that theme.
Leslie Odom Jr., Arielle Jacobs & More to Join The Drama League EMBRACE THE SEASON Gala

Get ready for a night of incredible performances at The Drama League 'Embrace The Season' Gala. Join Leslie Odom Jr., Arielle Jacobs, and other talented artists as they take the stage for an unforgettable evening. Don't miss out on this star-studded event!
Photos: Meet the Cast of THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT At TimeLine Theatre

Casting has been revealed for TimeLine Theatre Company’s The Lifespan of a Fact, a comedic showdown between truth and fact, set in the world of non-fiction publishing, based on true events, running November 1 – December 23, 2023.
Annaleigh Ashford, Lindsay Mendez, Norm Lewis & More To Join The Drama League's EMBRACE THE SEASON Gala

Annaleigh Ashford, Lindsay Mendez, Norm Lewis, Danny Burstein, and more will be performing at The Drama League's 'Embrace The Season' Gala.
Photos: First Look at THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT at Rubicon Theatre

Check out production photos from Fountain Theatre’s acclaimed West Coast Premiere production of THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT, running at Rubicon Theatre through October 21!
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.

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