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Nora Chipaumire
Dec. 5 — Dec. 5, 2014

The Art of Transformation: Performance / Little Haiti Cultural Center
Miami, FL
David Cale as Family in Stories Left to Tell at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston (2009). Photo by Greg Pace.^48 Ain Gordon and Frank Wood in Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell at the Minetta Lane Theatre (2007). Photo by Richard Termine.^48 Ain Gordon, David Cale, Carmelita Tropicana, and Josh Lefkowitz in Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston (2009). Photo by Greg Pace.^48 Ain Gordon in Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell at the Minetta Lane Theatre (2007). Photo by Richard Termine.^48 Frank Wood in Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell at the Minetta Lane Theatre (2007). Photo by Richard Termine.^48

Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell

Spalding Gray, one of the most revered and irreverent storytellers of our time, became an indelible image: sitting alone at a desk on a bare stage, delivering hilarious and moving monologues. But what made Gray's performances so memorable and timeless was the universal way his words-- the observations, neuroses, fears and joys they expressed-- resonate so deeply with audiences. His work lives on in the funny, poignant, and ultimately life-affirming Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell.

The show appeals to longtime Gray fans as well as newcomers to his work. It is co-conceived by Kathleen Russo, Gray's widow, and Lucy Sexton, who have assembled excerpts from both renowned and never-before-seen work to span the artist's extraordinary life and career. The piece unfolds chronologically, from recollections of childhood swimming trips with his mother and tales of awkward adolescent sexual encounters, to the joy Gray took in being a father himself.

The five-person cast, speaking directly to the audience, makes each step of Gray's journey engaging. Their speeches have been divided into categories, so that one actor covers "adventure" while another tackles "love," "career," "family" or private journal entries. The conceit lets us focus more intently on the words, clarifying that Gray could write in multiple voices while continuing to explore his singular--and often incredibly humorous--quest for self-understanding. Actors in the ensemble cast included: Ain Gordon, Bob Holman, Carmelita Tropicana, Kathleen Chalfant, Frank Wood, Hazelle Goodman, Josh Lefkowitz, David Cale and Jonathan Ames, among others.

Selected presenters of Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell include: PS 122 (New York City); Minetta Lane Theatre (New York City); UCLA (Los Angeles, CA); Paramount Theatre (Austin, TX); Edison Theatre (St. Louis, MO); ICA (Boston, MA); Vineyard Playhouse (Martha's Vineyard, MA); Guild Hall (East Hampton, NY); and  PICA (Portland, OR). In the 2010-2011 and 2011-12 seasons, the show toured to: The Egg (Albany, NY); Bay Street Theater (Sag Harbor, NY); Bowery Poetry Club (New York City); Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN); Painted Bride Art Center (Philadelphia, PA); Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh, PA); Newman Center for the Performing Arts (Denver, CO); Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (Scottsdale, AZ); St. John's University (St. Joseph, MN); Emelin Theater (Mamaroneck, NY); and New Territories International Festival of Live Art (Glasgow, Scotland).

Travel to Glasgow for the European premiere of the work was generously provided by USArtists International, a program of The MidAtlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.