FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: Is this the Official Web Site for Spalding Gray?
A: Yes. Spalding approved to have this as the official site before his passing. Now, his Estate approves the site.

Q: Is the Webmaster a volunteer?
: Yes, I am strictly a volunteer. The Estate pays for the hosting costs. Other volunteers are welcome. Please write.

Q: Can I contact the Estate through this site?
: Generally yes. If you write to me, jb, the webmaster AND the question/request is reasonable, I do my best to handle the matter myself. However, sometimes questions need to be run by the Estate. Spalding's Estate (and this site) are dedicated to the memory of Spalding and is very good at answering. However, they are busy so sometimes a response is not possible. Please note that I NEVER give out the email address of the Estate.

Q: Why did Spalding commit suicide?
A: We all wish we knew. Spalding did have a history of periodic depression. However, I believe that he never recovered from head injuries suffered in a car accident in Ireland. On Jan.10, 2004, it is assumed that he jumped from the Staten Island ferry in NYC. His body was found 2 months later.

Q: How does one get permission to perform one of Spalding's monologues or the play Stories Left to Tell?
A: Performance rights for most of Spalding's well known monologues are now available. Please have people contact Dramatic Publishing at 815 338-7170. They can also apply for rights directly at Dramatic Publishing.

Q: When will the Documentary by Steven Soderbergh be released?
Q: Will there be a Box Set of Spalding's work released?
A: Criterion releases NEW DVDs on Blu-ray:
on DVD And Everything is Going Fine plus extras such as Sex and Death to the Age 14
AND also on DVD, Gray's Anatomy with extras such as A Personal History of the American Theater, a ninety-five-minute monologue and Swimming to the Macula (video of the eye operation Spalding had - not really for the squeamish)
And Everything is Going Fine
"New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
Making of And Everything Is Going Fine, featuring director Steven Soderbergh, producer Kathie Russo, and editor Susan Littenberg
Sex and Death to the Age 14, Spalding Gray’s first monologue, created in 1979 and filmed in 1982
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by writer Nell Casey, editor of The Journals of Spalding Gray "

Gray's Anatomy
"New high definition digital transfer, supervised by director Steven Soderbergh, with a remastered 5.1 mix presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
New interviews with Soderbergh and monologue cowriter Renée Shafransky
A Personal History of the American Theater, a ninety-five-minute monologue by Spalding Gray, originally produced by the Wooster Group in 1980 and videotaped in 1982
Swimming to the Macula, sixteen minutes of footage from Gray’s actual eye surgery Trailer
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Amy Taubin"

Suggested list price for each Blu-ray is $31.96.
There are also editions with only And Everything is Going Fine or Gray's Anatomy for $23.96

Note: Only Gray's Anatomy has previously been released. Everything else has never been released.

Further releases are as yet unknown. Joining the mailing list is suggested.

For all other questions, please use the Contact link on sidebar. I answer all emails, usually within 48 hours. To make sure your email is not filtered for spam, ensure that 'Spalding Gray' is part of the subject line.