The 217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous

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The 217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous

Thursday, 5/5/16 12:00 am - Saturday, 5/7/16 12:00 am

Event Type

Special Event
Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine Street
19106 Philadelphia , PA

1972: Dr. John Fryer dons an oversize tuxedo and rubber joke shop mask to become Dr. Henry Anonymous and confront the American Psychiatric Association with these words: “I am a homosexual, I am a psychiatrist.” 

Running May 5-7, 2016, at the Painted Bride Art Center217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous unearths three figures from Fryer's life; asking each to draw a portrait of the man behind the mask.

The latest play from three time Obie winning writer/director Ain Gordon, 217 Boxes of Dr. Anonymous is the culmination of the HSP-led An Artist Embedded project. Over the past two years, Gordon has combed through Fryer’s 217-box archive housed at HSP.

217 Boxes of Dr. Anonymous is co-production of Gordon’s Pick Up Performance Co(s), HSP, and the Painted Bride Art Center.

“Mr. Gordon conjures the sort of distant lives that don’t make it into textbooks, processed into oblivion by what he calls history’s “ruthless editing machine.” –The New York Times

Tickets are $20 General Admission, $15 for members of Painted Bride and HSP.



To learn more about Ain Gordon, Dr. Fryer, and the An Artist Embedded project, follow the project blog. Tune-in on Friday afternoons to HSP's Instagram as Art Fellow Diane Roka takes over for #FryerFriday