Thursday, December 25, 2008

Stories Left to Tell - Boston 2009

Stories Left to Tell - the amazing play of Spalding Gray's works and Diaries will play in Boston in 2009!!! A MUST SEE!!! for fans and everyone else too!
Sunday, Mar 1 (2009) 2:00pm
at Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA

Thursday, Feb 26

Friday, Feb 27

Saturday, Feb 28

AND (note: as of Dec. 24th, 2008, this site is NOT up to date)
For Reviews of the Play, see

Friday, December 19, 2008

Book: Spalding Gray’s America

From Limelight (Publisher):
Spalding Gray’s America is a thoughtful study of Spalding the artist, taking readers from his early days with the Performance Group and Wooster Group all the way through his entire career. It’s a lively and accessible evaluation of Gray's career, nicely illustrated. We definitely recommend it for all Spalding Gray fans! Here are a few lines from the introduction to give you an idea of the author’s point of view:“Gray the consummate storyteller offered honest, usually hilarious, and often poignant confessions that bear witness to a world that has generated ever more frequent moments of isolation, self-doubt, and despair. Gray was willing to deal with such moments. But in a spirit that is almost uniquely American, he never allowed us to wallow in the misery that often accompanies those times of doubt, desperation, and panic. Optimism pervaded his performances, even as he recounted dark times when a positive attitude seemed more like foolhardiness. But then, isn’t that what America is all about? Gray’s perspective on life in our world always took on an absurdly funny luster that penetrated his audience and offered us all a sense that, whatever our particular woes, we’re all in it together. And that is a good thing. Of course, Gray was doing far more than just talking. He worked hard at his craft, elevating his talent as a storyteller to an art form rarely (if at all) recuperable by the most ambitious of imitators. One felt that there was something intense and very significant going on when we were in Spalding’s presence, despite his disarming affability.”

Monday, December 8, 2008

new music for Spalding Gray

David T. Little, a New York based composer has written a piece in memory of Spalding Gray, which will be premiered Dec. 9th, 2008 by NOW Ensemble at Princeton University. It ends the concert, which begins at 8 pm EST, and is being webcast from NOW Ensemble will perform the work again on December 17th at the Chelsea Art Museum in New York.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Sderbergh Documentary

Update links about Soderbergh Documentary about Spalding Gray (it's still in the works)...


Stories about Birds

After I listened to Kathie Russo's recent story of NPR about Spalding Gray and a returning bird,
reminded me of a friend who also had a bird story. Not nearly as hopeful or spiritual but alas still true.

They were at the SPCA and found a cockatiel in a nice cage. They wanted to save it but could only fit it into their office at work. They found that it was very noisy as it appeared to have been mistreated. However, no one complained.
Then one day, their 'team' turned against him, making all kinds of false accusations, including that they were cruel to the bird. Which was absolutely false. They had saved the bird and treated it very well.
They had to agree to get rid of the poor bird who went back to the SPCA. My friend's team was vicious from then on, led on by 2 people whom my friend had helped a great deal. Eventually my friend had to leave their position and their team did nothing to back them up. They should all feel a great deal of SMAME and I personally hope that birds never bless their lives. I hope the Squeek, the cockatiel, found a great home.