with Wooster Group Archivist Clay Hapaz
A video reconstruction of the Wooster Group’s famed 1977 theatre production holds intense poignancy following the 2004 suicide of one of its creators, Spalding Gray. Created by Gray and Elizabeth LeCompte, the piece concerns Gray’s desire to come to grips with the death of his mother, Margaret, who killed herself in 1967 at the age of 52. It is an emotional journey incorporating audio recordings and choreographed movement.
In what Richard Eder of the New York Times calls brilliant and engrossing, the video reconstruction of Rumstick Road registers the vivid texture of time and memory that shaped the original production. LeCompte and filmmaker Ken Kobland worked with Wooster Group archivist Clay Hapaz to layer, juxtapose, and blend together numerous archival fragments — including U-Matic video, Super 8 film, reel-to-reel audio tapes, photographs and slides — in order to reconstruct the lost performance.
Director: Elizabeth LeCompte
Cinematographer: Ken Kobland
Screenwriters: Spalding Gray, Elizabeth LeCompte, Libby Howes, Bruce Porter and Ron Vawter
Editors: Ken Kobland and Elizabeth LeCompte
Cast: Spalding Gray, Libby Howes, Ron Vawter, Jim Clayburgh
Running Time: 75 minutes