Next Door at NYTW provides a home for companies and artists who are producing their own work. This initiative provides each project with subsidized resources and space for development and performance in the Fourth Street Theatre. As part of an ongoing effort to expand support for artists at every stage of their careers, this series served nearly 100 additional artists in the first year alone.
[Veil Widow Conspiracy] is built around nested versions of a story from 1922 Xinjiang in Western China: a political murder mystery dramatized in a 2010 big budget Hollywood film, then amended via DVD extra interviews with the cast and crew, in censorship negotiations with the Chinese government, and finally by two lovers in a futuristic, dystopian Brooklyn, without the means to watch the film, one describing it to the other by memory in the dark. [VWC] explores the slippery tension around what we call the truth, knowing reality and fiction each have an angle, and no metaphor comes without an agenda.
Gordon Dahlquist is a playwright and novelist. His plays have been performed in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Minneapolis, and Portland. His plays include: Tomorrow Come Today (2015 James Tait Black Drama Prize, Edinburgh; Undermain Theatre, Dallas), Stella (Radio play: The Organist/WKCR), Tea Party (Bay Area Playwrights Festival, San Francisco), Messalina (Evidence Room, Los Angeles; Garland Award; SPF, New York), Babylon is Everywhere: A Court Masque [text] (CINE, Schaeberle Theatre; Theatre Magazine), Delirium Palace (Evidence Room, Los Angeles; Garland Award; published in Breaking Ground), The Secret Machine (Walker Space), Vortex Du Plaisir (Ohio Theatre; WKCR), and Island of Dogs (4th Street Theatre). He has been a member of New Dramatists, and is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect. His first novel, The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, was a NY Times bestseller and has been published in 30 countries. His other novels include The Dark Volume, The Chemickal Marriage. His most recent, The Different Girl, was published in 2013.