Ella Hickson’s short play Gift was first performed as part of Decade, a cycle of plays commissioned and produced by Headlong, at Commodity Quay, St Katharine Docks, London, on 1 September 2011.
The play is set in the present day, in New York City. Jason is from Panama but grew up in the southern states of America. With his dark skin, he can pass as an Arab. He works as a gift shop attendant at The Tribute Centre at the former World Trade Centre, which operates guided tours of Ground Zero. He takes a particular interest in certain vulnerable women who come for the guided tours, offering them comfort and solace in return for sex.
The Headlong production of Decade was directed by Rupert Goold and designed by Miriam Buether, and performed by an ensemble cast.