Talker #5 Spalding Gray with Kathy Acker
Talker Is an Interview Zine about performance
This issue is a transcript of an event hosted by the writer Kathy Acker at the ICA, London, Feb 1987 in which the performer discussed his work.
A founding member of the Wooster Group, Spalding Gray gained fame for his autobiographical monologue performances. At the time of the conversation, he had just completed filming Jonathan Demme's movie adaptation of his work Swimming in Cambodia, a performance in which he describes experiences surrounding a trip to Southeast Asia to play a small role in the film The Killing Fields (1984). In this dialogue with Acker, Gray focuses on the process of developing work and compares his experience of writing with making live performance.