SPALDING GRAY: STORIES LEFT TO TELL • 2005-12
Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell is a theater piece compiled from the known works, unperformed stories, and unpublished diaries of the late legendary monologist Spalding Gray compiled by his widow Kathie Russo and director, Lucy Sexton. Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell unfolds chronologically, from recollections of childhood fishing trips with his mother and tales of awkward adolescent sexual encounters to the joy Gray took in being a father. Excerpts from Swimming to Cambodia, Gray’s Anatomy, Monster in a Box, and other famous monologues by the performer are interspersed with unpublished material in the script. Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell does more than recapitulate words, it truly embodies and invokes the genius and spirit of Spalding Gray.
Ain Gordon originated the role of “Journals” in the piece in an extended off-Broadway run at the Minetta Lane Theatre in NYC, winning an Obie Award for his performance, plus touring productions to ICA Boston (Elliot Norton Award nom), UCLA, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (OR), the Walker (MN), and New Territories (UK), etc. Cast members in NY and on the road included Jonathan Ames, Charles Busch, Kathleen Chalfant, Michael Cunningham, Whoopi Goldberg, Hazelle Goodman, Rich Kind, Bob Holman, Lisa Kron, Josh Lefkowitz, Estelle Parsons, David Straithairn, Carmelita Tropicana, James Urbaniak, and Frank Wood.
Photos by Sara Krulwich