Spalding Gray’s Got “Stories Left to Tell”
The Egg has announced the cast and special guest readers for the upcoming production of “Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell” on Saturday and Sunday, November 13-14:
NYC cast members:
Bob Holman, author-poet-poetry slam champion
Carmelita Tropicana, Obie Award-winning writer-performance artist
Josh Lefkowitz, playwright-poet-performer
Ain Gordon, three-time Obie Award-winning actor-director-writer
Special guest readers:
James Howard Kunstler, Saratoga Springs author of “The Geography of Nowhere” and other books about the urban condition
Rex Smith, editor of the Albany Times Union and co-host of “The Media Project” radio show
One of the most acclaimed storytellers of our time, the late Spalding Gray left behind an indelible image: sitting alone at a desk on a bare stage, delivering sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking monologues that resonated deeply with audiences.
The production, which had its premiere in NYC in 2007, was co-conceived by Kathleen Russo (Gray’s widow) and director Lucy Sexton, who have assembled excerpts from both renowned and never-before-seen work to span the artist’s extraordinary life and career.
Gray was a regular on the stage of The Egg for many years – performing many of his works here, some more than once. But his ties to the Capital Region go deep than that. He actually got his first acting job in Saratoga Springs in the short-lived theater company founded in 1966 by Lena Spencer at Caffe Lena. This led to the founding of the legendary Wooster Group, the avant-garde theater he founded in NYC in 1975 with Elizabeth LeCompte, who was waitressing at Caffe Lena when they met.