Spalding Gray's stories live on through his wifeby Euan Kerr, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — During his life, writer and performer Spalding Gray appeared regularly in the Twin Cities, bringing his autobiographical monologues to the Walker Art Center.
Funny and disturbing, his pieces described his often ill-fated search for love, sex and happiness. In 2004, Gray died -- apparently by suicide.
Fans mourned his loss, but also the loss of his monologues. Many believed they could only be performed by Gray himself.
Gray's widow, Kathleen Russo, realized that didn't have to be the case. So she created a play called "Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell," in which five performers present Gray's life through his writing.
The show runs at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis this Thursday through Saturday. Each show features a local performer participating.
Thursday night, it's comedian Louie Anderson. Friday night, it's Minnesota Public Radio host Kerri Miller, and Saturday's performance features local writer Kevin Kling.
Kathleen Russo talked to MPR's Euan Kerr about why she decided to put the show together, and how it been a revelation for her.
- All Things Considered, 03/18/2010, 5:50 p.m.