Next week in the theatrical performance of Stories Left to Tell by Spalding Gray, comedian Louie Anderson, MPR newscaster Kerri Miller, and playwright and storyteller Kevin Kling will all take part in the performance which highlights Spalding Gray‘s work.
The piece is performed by a five-person ensemble made up of some of downtown New York’s most accomplished writer/performers—including David Cale, Ain Gordon, Josh Lefkowitz, and Carmelita Tropicana—as well as a different local celebrity guest performer each evening.
Here is the Minneapolis line up:
Thursday, March 18 with Louie Anderson
Friday, March 19 with Kerri Miller
Saturday, March 20 with Kevin Kling
Celebrating the influential work and life of actor/writer Spalding Gray (1941–2004) and his irreverent storytelling style, Stories Left to Tell combines excerpts from both renowned and never-before-seen works that span the artist’s career and life. To read more about the performance at Walker Art Center or purchase tickets click here.
About the guest role:
The role that our guest star will play each evening, which is called CAREER, includes stories about Spalding dealing with success and a certain amount of fame. This is the only role that enters later than the rest of the cast, who are present the whole time and represent Spalding’s life. The role acts as a wild card ride that happened to Spalding rather late in his life- the first CAREER story takes place in his early 40s. There’s a wonderful sort of layering because the guest star reading these stories also has had some experience with success and a certain kind of fame.
From Director of Stories Left to Tell, Lucy Sexton:
“When this was performed [in New York] regularly CAREER was a rotating role, so the audience never knew exactly which ride CAREER was going to take you on. It was wonderful to see those CAREER stories transformed by each new person, whether it was a TV star, a writer, a radio personality, or a movie star Spalding had worked with during his actual career. So when the time came to tour the show, we were excited to bring along that element of surprise and the overlaying of the person onstage’s particular fame/career with Spalding’s. In addition to the outreach and integration with the local community that [is brought by the involvement of a local celebrity], having the CAREER person be from the city we’re in has another bonus. It underlines one of the main messages of this show: Spalding’s work was great writing for the stage and as such can be done by a wide variety of performers. [This] has the possiblity of drawing new people to Spalding’s work, folks who might be coming to see an actor/writer/public personality that they’re familiar with even if they are not so familiar with Spalding.”
Louie Anderson was born March 24, 1953, in Minneapolis, raised in St. Paul and is an Emmy award winning comedian, actor, writer currently living and working in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Anderson created the cartoon series Life with Louie and hosted the game show Family Feud from 1999-2002. Anderson recently published the book The F Word: How To Survive Your Family. He also wrote Goodbye Jumbo, Hello Cruel World. He on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 greatest standups of all time.
Every weekday, host Kerri Miller welcomes guests and audience members for lively, in-depth discussions of news events, issues, the arts and more on Minnesota Public Radio. Kerri Miller joined MPR in June 2004 as host of Minnesota Public Radio’s Midmorning and Talking Volumes, the joint book club of MPR, the Star Tribune and the Loft Literary Center. She has been a radio and television news reporter since 1981.
Kevin Kling, best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and his storytelling stage shows like Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log, delivers hilarious, often tender stories. Kling’s autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life: hopping freight trains, getting hit by lightning, performing his banned play in Czechoslovakia, growing up in Minnesota, and eating things before knowing what they are.