Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell

Painted Bride Art Center

2009
$25,000

Painted Bride Art Center presented Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell, a theater piece compiled from the known works, unperformed stories, and unpublished diaries of the late legendary monologist Spalding Gray, who performed regularly at the Bride. Compiled by Gray's widow, Kathleen Russo, and by dancer and performance artist 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to Cambodia, Gray's Anatomy, Monster in a Box, and other famous monologues by the performer are interspersed with unpublished material in the script.

Ain Gordon, who won an Obie Award for his performance in this work in New York, appeared in Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell at the Painted Bride. To increase public interest in the piece, the Bride hosted a two-day Personal Portrait Performance workshop, in which participants explored how performers translate personal experiences into larger truths.