Sunday, December 11, 2011

"Spalding Gray Awards Performances"

Performances based on Spalding Gray Awards 2010 and 2011:
1) From PS122 COIL Festival:

Rabih Mroué (Lebanon) - 2010 Award Winner
Looking for a Missing Employee (US Premiere) and
The Pixelated Revolution (World Premiere)
Winner of the 2010 Spalding Gray Award
$20, $15 (students / seniors)
Baryshnikov Arts Center
Howard Gilman Performance Space 450 West 37th St., Manhattan, NY

Looking for a Missing Employee
Jan 6, 7 2012 at 7:30pm
Jan 8 2012 at 5pm
The Pixelated Revolution
Jan 9 2012 at 7:30pm

ALSO: Following the performances at COIL,
Mroué will embark on his first North American tour, which includes
the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, On the Boards in Seattle, PuSh Festival in Vancouver, and the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

2) From PS122 COIL Festival:

Performance Space 122 and Baryshnikov Arts Center are pleased to present Young Jean Lee Theater Group:
the New York premiere, as part of COIL, PS122’s annual performance festival,
13 performances of UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW will take place January 12–28, 2012 at the Baryshnikov Arts Center’s Jerome Robbins Theater.
Tickets are $25 ($20 for students, seniors) and can be purchased online at or by phone at 212.352.3101.
The Baryshnikov Arts Center is located at 450 West 37th Street in New York City.
Schedule information:,

ALSO: The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, On the Boards in Seattle, The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis (no dates known)

Friday, October 28, 2011

"Moth Award 2011 goes to Spalding Gray via Kathie Russo and family"

Town Hall in New York City, November 2,2011, Garrison Keillor will present the 2011 Moth Award to Russo and her family in recognition of Gray’s life and work.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

"Spalding Gray Journals of Spalding Gray Review"

This is an excellent,thoughtful review full of great observations. From the magazine BOOKFORUM:

Friday, October 7, 2011

"Excerpts from Journals of Spalding Gray"

New York Times Article, Oct. 9, 2011, with first published material from
The Journals of Spalding Gray
Note: first opening of article seems fine, then second time appears to need sign in/join.
Joining is free and as long as no further emails/promotions are checked, it seems fine to join.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011



Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - Book Event (Journals of Spalding Gray) at Boswell Book Company, 6:30pm - Kathie Russo signing

Thursday, October 27, 20111 - Stories Left to Tell with Opening Night Party (Kathie Russo present) - 7:30pm

Friday, October 28, 2011 - Stories Left to Tell with Kathie Russo Talkback - 7:30pm

Saturday, October 29, 2011 - And Everything is Going Fine - 4:00pm
Interview with Kathie Russo and Stories Left To Tell - 6:30pm.

Sunday, October 30, 2011 And Everything is Going Fine - 2:00pm

Further details at

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

2011 "Spalding Gray" Award

The winner of the 2011 "Spalding Gray" Award is Young Jean Lee and her theater group. Congratulations.
PS122 also announces: In addition to the local presentations, Performance Space 122 is pleased to announce that global programming continues in its second year with PS122 tours scheduled for London and Berlin in Spring 2012 and to Latin America, Asia and Australasia in the near future. Other touring presentations include continued participation with the "Spalding Gray" Award Commission which offers recipients a commission and tour with stops in New York (PS122), Minneapolis (The Walker), Pittsburgh (The Warhol Museum), Seattle (On the Boards). This award supports gifted writers/performers who fully realize all aspects of Spalding's legacy, who are fearless innovators of theatrical form, who reach into daily experience and create resonant, transcendent work that makes us all bigger, wider, wiser and, somehow, more than we were when we entered the theater.
(I'm still experimenting with getting google alerts to work - using quotation marks everywhere. No luck so far. Google is just too big to help their customers! I wonder about switching to another blog service...).

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Update re Blog

I haven't been posting here for awhile for 2 reasons:
1) even though this is a google blog, google has been messing up the google alerts and despite numerous people asking for assistance, google has done nothing. I am experimenting here with putting the labels in quotes as someone kindly suggested. We will see.
2) I've been working 7 days a week on a real job which is now finished.

I hope anyone reading these posts has been patient. Post here or write me at the site under Contact.

Blue Chip Art show in NYC

Blue Chip is a recent series of hand-embroidered portraits by Christa Maiwald of modern and contemporary artists, such as Spalding Gray.
The potrait is under Updates on the web page.
Exhibition is at Bertrand Delacroix Gallery - BDG
535 w. 25th street
New York, NY 10001
Blue Chip will be on view through Friday, September 2nd, 2011.
Check out both Christa's Maiwald's site and the Gallery site. Both are linked at the Spalding site under Updates.
Special thanks to Vanessa Alexandra Campos for her help in this site posting.

Sunday, May 15, 2011 Mailing List. May 2011

1) First some words about the schedule of And Everything is Going Fine:
I did not receive an updated schedule from IFC until very recently. Unfortunately, I missed listing some showings. These are the ones I missed:
Duluth, Santa Fe, Anchorage, Bellingham, Woodstock, Honolulu. My apologies.
The remaining showings (that I currently know of) are:

May 29 - 31, 2011 - 7:10 & 9 PM - Victoria, BC - Cinecenta ( I won free tickets in a local contest as that is where I live- I wonder why???

June 8, 2011- Honolulu,HI (Doris Duke Theater) - date should be checked

Theatre Gigante: "Shades of Gray: A Celebration of Spalding Gray"
Oct. 27-30, 2011 at the UWM Kenilworth Studio 508, 1925 E. Kenilworth Place, Milwaukee - actual date and time of 'Fine'
and other Spalding monologues is unknown at this point.

Sadly, that is all the remaining showings that I am aware of. This weekend is the London (England) International Film Festival showing with Kathie Russo in attendance.

2) the Affiliates:
The truth is these don't get used very often so this site suffers somewhat but mostly PS122 in NYC. I was going to list all them but I realize that people will look at them if they want and remember to use them hopefully. I hand pick them so they are all appropriate to Spalding in some way or other. Plaid shirts allude me - best bets seem tobe the Gap though these days they don't seem to have many, Old Navy and Target. I do not have affiliates with any of them, mostly due to their restrictions - such as # of sales and residence in the US.
I recently realized that I don't think my Amazon connection works well as I could only get one for
I have been saying just click through to your country on Amazon such as US. However, that seems to negate my affiliate connection.
The only remedy is having a tax number from an American. As in from a fan perhaps. If you are interested in helping, please write me. The amount of money involved is very small and would likely have no impact on one's taxes. If it did, you could hold back whatever is necessary. I would help you in anyway possible.
3) I missed the 7th Anniversary of the Memorial in NYC...I had May in mind and missed April so it seems...

So since this is a short note mostly about 'Fine', I can add a zen story from
(aka what to do when one's depression really hurts):

Storyteller's Zen

Encho was a famous storyteller. His tales of love stirred the hearts of his listeners. When he narrated a story of war, it was as if the listeners themselves were in the field of battle.

One day Encho met Yamaoka Tesshu, a layman who had almost embraced masterhood of Zen. "I understand," said Yamaoka, "you are the best storyteller in the land and that you make people cry or laugh at will. Tell me my favorite story of the Peach Boy. When I was a little tot I used to sleep beside my mother, and she often related this legend. In the middle of the story I would fall asleep. Tell it to me just as my mother did."

Encho dared not attempt this. He requested time to study. Several months later he went to Yamaoka and said: "Please give me the opportunity to tell you the story."

"Some other day," answered Yamaoka.

Encho was keenly disappointed. He studied further and tried again. Yamaoka rejected him many times. When Encho would start to talk Yamaoka would stop him, saying: "You are not yet like my mother."

It took Encho five years to be able to tell Yamaoka the legend as his mother had told it to him.

In this way, Yamaoka imparted Zen to Encho.

now I feel much better...

take care

New Dynamic Views on Google Blogs

From Google Blogs - May,2011
Blogger currently offers five dynamic views for its public blogs. These views are only accessible if allowed for by the blog author.
Flipcard: available at
Mosaic: available at
Sidebar: available at
Snapshot: available at
Timeslide: available at

I have yet to try them out - however they look like a great idea.


Friday, March 18, 2011

And Everything is Going Fine in Amsterdam

The Holland Festival, in Amsterdam (the most prestigious arts festival in the Netherlands) will present the Dutch première of Steven Soderbergh's And Everything is Going Fine, as well as Jonathan Demme's Swimming to Cambodia and Steven Soderberghs Gray's Anatomy. You can find more information at The Spalding Gray programme will take place from June 10 till 13,2011 .

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Journals of Spalding Gray

For Ordering (preorder)Journals of Spalding Gray
Note that Amazon seems to have a much better price:
$19.11 vs. $28.95 elsewhere
and only $14.99 on Kindle (Kindle free software can be downloaded for your computer
so you do not need a Kindle (though they are very good to have).
Please Pre-Order using the Affiliates link on this site
- either Random House or Amazon affiliates though as mentioned above, Amazon seems to have better price.
Note below Amazon affiliate link, instructions on going to your own country's Amazon, unless you live in Canada
(as I do)
webmanager for Estate of Spalding Gray

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The 'Fine' page on

The page about And Everything is Going Fine at is the most extensive page on the web about this film. However, for unknown reasons, it does not come up on google search. So this is a blatant attempt to at least get the blog post up - sometimes that works. So for everything about
And Everything is Going Fine including schedules and extensive reviews, please see
Thank you
John Boland
webmanager for the Estate of Spalding Gray

Friday, February 11, 2011

Spalding Gray Retrospective : Rochester, NY

Spalding Gray Retrospective : Rochester, NY
George Easton House, Dryden Theater
900 East Avenue
Rochester NY
April 12, 2011 - MONSTER IN A BOX
April 19, 2011 - KING OF THE HILL
April 22, 2011 (8 pm) & 24 (4:30 pm) - AND EVERYTHING IS GOING FINE
April 23, 2011 (8 pm) & 24 (7 pm) - SWIMMING TO CAMBODIA

(see for details/links)
ALL are rare theatrical showings. King of the Hill is an excellent film much overlooked. One of Spalding's best roles. Story of him getting the part is strange (of course), also another story of Spalding taking break outside during shoot, still with fake blood all over him...

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Journals of Spalding Gray

The Journals of Spalding Gray
Written by Spalding Gray
Edited by Kathie Russo and Nell Casey
Formats: eBook, 320 pages ; Hardcover, 336 pages Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 18, 2011
Price: $28.95 US
ISBN: 978-0-307-70052-0 (0-307-70052-6)
Pre-Order using the Affiliates link on
- either Random House or Amazon affiliates

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Stories Left to Tell in San Fran

Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell - San Francisco - directed by Brian Katz and Daunielle Rasmussen
Jan. 25,27 - 29, 2011, 8PM, Feb.3 - 5, 8PM, Feb.10 - 12, 8PM, Feb.17 - 19, 8PM
San Francisco Bay Area Premiere - Custom Made Theater Company - Gough Street Playhouse
Spalding Gray lives on in his own words
Cast list and a short interview with Kathie Russo as well as Press Release, and Tickets link are available at

Monday, January 10, 2011 Mailing list - 7th anniversary

And before you do anything else, read the recent interview with Kathie at – EXCELLENT – A MUST READ - See:

Ok – the number one question these days:

‘Is And Everything is Going Fine going to play in … Why not? How do I get it to play here. How come it’s playing in places like Savannah but not in LA besides the opening?’

Well. Here is the answer. You need a theater to be willing to show it maybe. Then you email me the details and I send it on to the man at IFC who books showings. Prices depend on “on the size of the theater, ticket price, number screenings, and format “ (IFC). Foreign showing are different. Yet you still can email me. It’s just that someone else does the foreign bookings. And yes, if you want it to show in your community, you need to do some work. You need to find a location, preferably a theater of some description. So if you are interested and motivated enough, email me using the Contact sidebar page link on the site.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Interview with Kathie re And Everything is Going Fine - 12/10

Tribeca Film Interview with Kathleen Russo
by Kristin McCracken
Quote :
"Monologist Spalding Gray's widow Kathleen Russo opens up about his suicide, the 7 years since,
and Steven Soderbergh's new doc about his life.
Amazingly resilient, she's our new hero!"