History

The Wooster Group originated in 1975 with works composed and directed by Spalding Gray and Elizabeth LeCompte around Gray's autobiographical impulses (the THREE PLACES IN RHODE ISLAND trilogy). Jim Clayburgh, Libby Howes, and Ron Vawter began working with the company during RUMSTICK ROAD, and Willem Dafoe and Kate Valk joined during POINT JUDITH. Peyton Smith joined for ROUTE 1 & 9. The Group has sustained a full-time, ongoing ensemble since this beginning. The company is constantly evolving, and with its many artistic associates has created and performed twenty-one pieces for theater, twelve film/video pieces, and five dance pieces. The company members are at the center of the work. Elizabeth LeCompte has directed all of the pieces, and members who have “moved on” periodically return to remount repertory pieces and make new work.

More recently, Ari Fliakos and Scott Shepherd have joined the core company alongside LeCompte and Valk. Fliakos interned with the Group in 1995 and joined the company as a performer in FISH STORY in 1996. Shepherd first worked with The Wooster Group in 1997 as a performer in THE HAIRY APE, and became a part of the permanent company two years later.

The Group has used both personal and Group autobiography, and existing texts as an organizing principle for their work. Sometimes the autobiography is foregrounded (POOR THEATER) and sometimes it is submerged (Ron's illness as source material for ST. ANTONY). Sometimes plays are jumping-off points for a piece (Arthur Miller's The Crucible in L.S.D. (...JUST THE HIGH POINTS...), the last eight pages of Chekhov's Three Sisters for FISH STORY). And, sometimes a play as a whole is re-imagined through the prism of our developing aesthetic (VIEUX CARRÉ, TO YOU, THE BIRDIE! (Phèdre), BRACE UP!, the O'Neill plays).

The Performing Garage has been The Wooster Group's permanent home and performance venue since its beginning and all of their work has been developed there. It was bought in the early 1970s when Soho was still an empty warehouse district being reinhabited by artists. The Wooster Group owns and operates it as a shareholder in the Grand Street Artists Co-op, which was originally established as part of the Fluxus art movement in the 1960s. Before the formation of The Wooster Group, The Performance Group, under the direction of Richard Schechner, developed and produced work at the Garage. From 1975-1980 the two groups shared the space. Prior to The Performance Group founding The Performing Garage, 33 Wooster Street was a metal stamping/flatware factory.


Production History (1975-2015)

2016

January 5 - 21Rehearsals for THE TOWN HALL AFFAIR at The Performing Garage
January 27 - 30Rehearsals of new work (THE B-SIDE) at The Performing Garage
February 4 - 14Performances of THE ROOM at REDCAT, Los Angeles, California
February 7Screening of WHITE HOMELAND COMMANDO at 356 S. Mission Rd., Los Angeles, California
February 16 - 18, March 9, 14, 23, 30, April 6, 13, & 27Rehearsals on new work (THE B-SIDE) at The Performing Garage
February 23 - March 11Rehearsals on new work (Kantor project) at The Performing Garage
March 16 - May 10Rehearsals for THE TOWN HALL AFFAIR at The Performing Garage
April 15 - Sept 6Exhibition of excerpts from HAMLET and related materials as part of “Shakespeare In Ten Acts” at the British Library, London, United Kingdom
May 11 - 27Advance showings of THE TOWN HALL AFFAIR at The Performing Garage
June 2Screening of RUMSTICK ROAD at “Between Realities and Fictions — Festival of Dcoumentaries on Theatre and Performance,” SESC Consolação, São Paulo, Brazil
June 3Screening of HAMLET, followed by The Wooster Group in Conversation, at the British Library, London, United Kingdom
June 6 - 29Rehearsals of THE TOWN HALL AFFAIR and THE B-SIDE at The Performing Garage

2015

January 4 - 9Rehearsals of THE ROOM at The Performing Garage (open rehearsals January 8 & 9)
January 21 - February 1EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS performances at REDCAT in Los Angeles, California
January 30RUMSTICK ROAD screening at the Segal Film Festival on Theatre & Performance, CUNY, NYC
February 5 - 8EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS performances at Z Space in San Francisco, California
February 11RUMSTICK ROAD screening at Counterpulse, San Francisco, California
February 26 - March 21CRY, TROJANS! rehearsals at TPG (Feb 26-March 10) & St. Ann’s Warehouse (March 17 - 21)
March 24 - April 19CRY, TROJANS! performances at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York
April 23 - May 4EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS performances at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York
April 30Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at the dedication of the new Whitney Museum of American Art
May 5 - August 30Wooster Group props & costumes exhibited in MANIFESTEN, Kranenburgh, Bergen, The Netherlands
May 16TODAY, I MUST SINCERELY CONGRATULATE YOU, “Opole/New York“ from POOR THEATER, ON TOUR (TO YOU, THE BIRDIE!), END CREDITS & selected DAILIES at Anthology Film Archives
May 20 - 24Performances of CRY, TROJANS! at Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Kaaitheater, Brussels, Belgium
May 28 - 31EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS performances at deSingel, Antwerp, Belgium
June 9 - July 1Rehearsals for new work (THE TOWN HALL AFFAIR) at The Performing Garage
July 6, 13 & 20Screenings at Mass Live Arts: RUMSTICK ROAD; “More or Less All of It: Selections of Work Spanning 40 Years”; and HOUSE/LIGHTS. Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington, Mass.
Sept. 3 - 29 & Oct. 8 - 27THE ROOM rehearsals at The Performing Garage
October 5The Wooster Group’s 2015 Benefit hosted by Frances McDormand at The Performing Garage
October 28 - November 21Advance showings of THE ROOM at The Performing Garage
November 5 & 19Screenings of RUMSTICK ROAD and WHITE HOMELAND COMMANDO at International House Philadelphia
November 30 - December 10Rehearsals for new work (Kantor project) at The Performing Garage
December 19Screening of TO YOU, THE BIRDIE! (Phèdre) at Metropolitan Theatre, Tokyo, Japan
December 22 - 23EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS performances at the Sound Live Tokyo Festival, Spiral Hall, Tokyo, Japan

2014

January 8 - February 15CRY, TROJANS! performances at The Performing Garage
February 27 - March 9CRY, TROJANS! performances at REDCAT in Los Angeles, California
April 24Screening and conversation with Elizabeth LeCompte & Hilton Als at Electronic Arts Intermix, New York, NY
April 25 - May 17EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS rehearsals at The Performing Garage
May 1 - 7RUMSTICK ROAD screenings at Anthology Film Archives, New York City
May 17 - June 15EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS performances at The Performing Garage
June 20RUMSTICK ROAD screening at 356 Mission Street, Los Angeles, California
September 3 - 9CRY, TROJANS! rehearsals at The Performing Garage
September 4 - November 15TO YOU, THE BIRDIE! (Phèdre) screening in the exhibit CodeAct, Coreana Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
September 18 - 21CRY, TROJANS! performances at the Singapore International Festival of Art, SOTA Theatre, Singapore
September 26 - October 11THERE IS STILL TIME . . BROTHER installation at Chronus Art Centre, Shanghai, China September 29RUMSTICK ROAD screening at The Silent Barn, Brooklyn
October 1, 8 & 13WHITE HOMELAND COMMANDO screenings at Spectacle Theater, Brooklyn
October 3FLAUBERT DREAMS OF TRAVEL . . ., “The Cocktail Party” from NAYATT SCHOOL, RHYME ’EM TO DEATH, clips from HULA, and TODAY, I MUST SINCERELY CONGRATULATE YOU screenings at Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn
October 3 - December 19Rehearsals of THE ROOM and CRY, TROJANS! at The Performing Garage
October 17RUMSTICK ROAD screening at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio.
November 16RUMSTICK ROAD screening at the Houston Festival of Cinema Arts, Houston, Texas

2013

JanuaryEARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS rehearsals at The Performing Garage
January 17-20HAMLET performances at Festival Internacional Santiago a Mil, Santiago, Chile
February 14-16EARLY PLAYS performances at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California
February 21-24EARLY PLAYS performances at REDCAT, Los Angeles, California
March 3RUMSTICK ROAD video reconstruction benefit screening at The Performing Garage
March 4-8EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS rehearsals at The Performing Garage
March 13-31THERE IS STILL TIME . . BROTHER and The Wooster Group on Film and Video: Selections from the Archive at SESC Pompeia, São Paulo, Brazil
March 13-17HAMLET performances at SESC Pompeia, São Paulo, Brazil
March 22-24VIEUX CARRÉ performances at SESC Pompeia, São Paulo, Brazil
April 4-12, May 20-25EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS rehearsals at The Performing Garage (open rehearsals April 11-12 & May 25)
April - JuneCRY, TROJANS! rehearsals at The Performing Garage
April 20-May 12HULA and CRYING COMPETITION screenings at the Serious Laughs: Arts * Politics * Humor exhibition, Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston, New York
August 10-13HAMLET performances at the Edinburgh International Festival, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
August 10-13Screenings of RUMSTICK ROAD (Aug. 10), HOUSE/LIGHTS (Aug. 11), TO YOU, THE BIRDIE! (Phèdre) (Aug. 12), and THE EMPEROR JONES, TODAY, I MUST SINCERELY CONGRATULATE YOU, and RHYME ’EM TO DEATH (Aug. 13) at the Edinburgh International Festival, New Media Scotland, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
October 3-6RUMSTICK ROAD screenings at the New York Film Festival, Lincoln Center, New York City
October 4TO YOU, THE BIRDIE! screening at Princeton University
September - DecemberCRY, TROJANS! rehearsals at The Performing Garage (open rehearsals Oct. 17 & 24, Nov. 1 & 7) December 9-19EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS rehearsals at The Performing Garage

2012

JanuaryEARLY PLAYS rehearsals at The Performing Garage
FebruaryEARLY PLAYS rehearsals at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY
February 15-March 11EARLY PLAYS performances at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY
February 17-23The Wooster Group on Film and Video 1975-2004 screenings at Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY
March 28-31VIEUX CARRÉ performances at World Stage at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Canada
April-JuneTROILUS & CRESSIDA rehearsals at The Performing Garage
June-JulyTROILUS & CRESSIDA rehearsals with the Royal Shakespeare Company in London, UK
August 3-August 18TROILUS & CRESSIDA performances at The Swan Theatre, Stratford, UK
August 24-September 8TROILUS & CRESSIDA performances at Riverside Studios, London, UK
October 4-October 7HAMLET performances at the O'Reilly Theatre at the Dublin Theatre Festival, Dublin, Ireland
October 18-October 23HAMLET rehearsals at The Performing Garage
October 24-November 18HAMLET performances at The Performing Garage
November-DecemberCRY, TROJANS! and EARLY SHAKER SPIRITUALS rehearsals at The Performing Garage
 

2011

January 3-7HAMLET rehearsals at The Performing Garage
January 10-14TROILUS & CRESSIDA rehearsals with the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Garage
January 17-February 1VIEUX CARRÉ rehearsals at Baryshnikov Arts Center, NYC
February 2-March 13VIEUX CARRÉ performances at Baryshnikov Arts Center, NYC
February 23-25readings for EARLY PLAYS, a collaboration with Richard Maxwell and New York City Players, at Baryshnikov Arts Center, NYC
March 3-April 2clips from RUMSTICK ROAD and THE EMPEROR JONES included in the exhibit "Two Colors" at the Elisabeth Ivers Gallery and Katleen Cullen Fine Art, NYC
March 22-April 19TROILUS & CRESSIDA rehearsals with the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Garage
May 4-7VIEUX CARRÉ performances at deSingel International Arts Campus in Antwerp, Belgium
May 18-21VIEUX CARRÉ performances at National Théâtre Bourgogne in Dijon, France
June 11-13VIEUX CARRÉ performances at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
June 16-July 8initial rehearsals for EARLY PLAYS at the Garage
July 8EARLY PLAYS open rehearsal at the Garage
July 11-22TROILUS & CRESSIDA rehearsals at the Garage
September 12-30HAMLET rehearsals at the Garage
October 1James Strahs dies October 12-16HAMLET performances at the Ringling International Arts Festival in Sarasota, Florida
November 11-12VIEUX CARRÉ performances at Nationaltheatret Hovedscenen in Oslo, Norway
November 22-26VIEUX CARRÉ performances at Théâtre National de Toulouse-Midi-Pyrénées in Toulouse, France
December 5-20TROILUS & CRESSIDA rehearsals at the Garage
 

2010

JanuaryNorth Atlantic rehearsals
February 10-21North Atlantic at REDCAT, Los Angeles, California
March 11-April 25North Atlantic at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, NYC
March 15TWG Art Benefit hosted by the Sean Kelly Gallery
May 6-9Hamlet at the Bulandra Theater, Bucharest, Romania
May 25-June 25Vieux Carré rehearsals
June 19-September 26"Channel J" from ...St. Antony included in the exhibit "100 Years (version #3, Moscow)" at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia
June 25-September 12Rhyme 'Em To Death included in the exhibit 'Ellipsis' at Paillard Contemporary Art Centre, Ponce sur le Loir, France
August 21-24Vieux Carré at The Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
September 10-18There Is Still Time . . Brother 360° video installation presented by the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Portland, Oregon
September 15-October 5New Work rehearsals
September 15the first of the TWG Dailies is posted
October 6-29Vieux Carré rehearsals
October 19 & 29Vieux Carré open rehearsals
November 1-5EmcArts retreat in Warrenton, Virginia
November 8-16Vieux Carré rehearsals
November 9Vieux Carré open rehearsal
December 1-12Vieux Carré at REDCAT in Los Angeles, California
December 16-22New Work rehearsals
 


2009

January 7-11The Emperor Jones at the Eugene O'Neill Festival, Goodman Theater, Chicago, Illinois
February 18-22The Emperor Jones at the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Hong Kong
March 17-April 29La Didone at St Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY
MayVieux Carré rehearsals
June 11-21La Didone at REDCAT, Los Angeles, California
July 29-August 16Hamlet at Festiwal Szekspirowski, Gdansk, Poland
August-OctoberVieux Carré rehearsals
OctoberDVDs of Brace Up!, The Emperor Jones, and (a re-mastered) House/Lights go into distribution
October 10-July 29, 2010"Channel J" from ...St. Antony included in the exhibit "100 Years (version #1, Duesseldorf)" at the Julia Stoschek Foundation, Duesseldorf, Germany
December 19-Feb 21, 2010Rhyme 'Em To Death included in the exhibit "All Creatures Great and Small" at the Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
November 1-April 5, 2010"Channel J" from ...St. Antony included in the exhibit "100 Years (version #2, PS1, New York)" at PS1, Long Island City, NY
November 6-14Vieux Carré at Festival Premieres, Theatre National de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
November 19-23Vieux Carré at the Festival d'Automne Paris, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
December 4I Am Jerome Bel at Rolex, London, England
DecemberRehearsals begin for a revival of the 'warhorse' North Atlantic by Jim Strahs


2008

Januaryworking with Fischerspooner on their upcoming world tour
January 30-February 10Hamlet at REDCAT, Los Angeles, California
February, March, April, MayLa Didone rehearsals
May 5-9working with Fischerspooner
May 11-14filmimg for Vieux Carré in New Orleans, Louisiana
May 19-26Poor Theater rehearsals
June 13-16Hamlet at the Hellenic Festival, Athens, Greece
June 21-24Poor Theater at Eurokaz Festival, Zagreb, Croatia
June 29-July3working on There Is Still Time . . Brother 360° video insatalltion at EMPAC in Troy, NY
SeptemberLa Didone rehearsals
September 16-November 11"Opole/New York" from Poor Theater included in the exhibit "Revolutions 1968" at the Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
September 18-20La Didone open rehearsals at St. Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY
September 19-November 8Hunchback (a 1992 MTV Art Break) included in the exhibit "Agency: Art and Advertising" at the McDonough Museum of Art in Youngstown, Ohio
October 3-5There Is Still Time . . Brother 360° video installation at EMPAC, Troy, NY
October 16-18La Didone at Grand Theater de la Ville, Luxemburg
October 28-November 18 I Am Jerome Bel and Vieux Carré rehearsals
October 22I Am Jerome Bel at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, NYC
November 20-December 4Vieux Carré rehearsals
December 4-8Vieux Carré research in New Orleans, Louisiana
December 9-18Vieux Carré rehearsals


2007

January, Februaryrehearsals for Hamlet
February 27 - March 25Hamlet preview performances at St. Ann's Warehouse - Brooklyn, NY
May 19 - 24La Didone at Kaai Theater in Brussels, Belgium
May 30 - June 2La Didone at Rotterdamse Schouwburg in Rotterdam, The Netherlands
June 6 - 9Hamlet at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
JuneThere Is Still Time . . Brother prep work
JulyThere Is Still Time . . Brother filming
August 18 - 22La Didone at the Edinburgh International Festival '07 in Edinburgh, Scotland
September 5 - 9The Emperor Jones at the 2007 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival in Philadelphia, PA
October 9 - December 2Hamlet - premiere at The Public Theater, NYC
December 14 - January 6, 2008There Is Still Time . . Brother 360° video installation at ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany
 


2006

Januaryrehearsals for 'new work' - Hamlet
Februaryrehearsals for Hamlet and for the revival of The Emperor Jones at St. Ann's Warehouse - Brooklyn, NY
March 1 - April 2The Emperor Jones at St. Ann's Warehouse - Hamlet rehearsals continue
April, MayRehearsals for Hamlet and a 'new opera project'
MayRehearsals for Hamlet
Junerehearsals for Who's Your Dada?!
June 27 - July 1Hamlet at Festival Grec - Barcelona, Spain
Julyrehearsals for To You, The Birdie! (Phèdre)
July 16 - 19To You, The Birdie! (Phèdre) at Hellenic Festival - Athens, Greece
Augustrehearsals for Who's Your Dada?!
September 6, 7, & 9Who's Your Dada?! at MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art, NYC
SeptemberHamlet rehearsals
Octoberrehearsals for a 'new opera project' - La Didone
October 22 - 25To You, The Birdie! (Phèdre) at Territory Festival - Moscow, Russia
November 4- 10Hamlet at Festival D'Automne - Paris, France
November 16 - 20Hamlet at Hebbel Theater - Berlin, Germany
Novemberwork on a 'new media project' - later to be titled: There Is Still Time . . Brother
Decemberrehearsals for La Didone


2005

Januaryrehearsals for the revival of House/Lights
February 2 - April 10House/Lights at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn
March - April - May - Junerehearsals of 'new work'
June 23 - July 2Poor Theater at Kaaitheater, Brussels
Julyrehearsals of 'new work'
September 14 - October 15Poor Theater at The Performing Garage
October - November - Decemberrehearsals of 'new work' - Hamlet
 


2004

February 18 - April 24Poor Theater at The Performing Garage
June 17 - 20To You, The Birdie! (Phèdre) at Bonn Biennale, Halle Beuel, Bonn Germany
July 12 - 16To You, The Birdie! (Phèdre) at GREC Festival 2004, Theater Lliure, Barcelona, Spain
August 19 - 22To You, The Birdie! (Phèdre) at Welt in Basel Festival, Reithalle, Basel, Switzerland
September 15Selections from The Wooster Group archive in honor of Spalding Gray at The Performing Garage
September 22 - 26Poor Theater at Cal Arts/Red Cat, Los Angeles, CA
October 5 - 10Poor Theater at Hebbel am Ufer Theater/Hau II, Berlin, Germany
October 16 - 20Poor Theater Festival of Theater Festivals, Teatr Dramatyczny, Teatr Warsaw, Poland
NovemberHouse/Lights DVD goes into distribution
November 10 - December 19Poor Theater at The Performing Garage
 


2003

Januaryrehearsals for the revival of Brace Up!
February 19 - AprilBrace Up! (2003) at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn
March - April - Mayrehearsals of 'new work' - later to be titled Poor Theatre
May 30 - June 3To You, The Birdie! (Phèdre) Teatr Dramatyczny, Warsaw, Poland
June 11 - June 15To You, The Birdie! (Phèdre) Holland Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 8 - August 29"By the Sea" and "The Nun's Home Movie" from Point Judith (an epilog) included in the exhibit "Half Air" at the Marianne Boesky Gallery, NYC
June 26 - June 30To You, The Birdie! (Phèdre) Hebbel Theater, Berlin, Germany
September - October - Novemberrehearsals of 'new work' - later to be titled Poor Theater
November 19 - December 19performances of 'new work' - later to be titled Poor Theater
 


2002

February 1 - March 30To You, The Birdie! (Phèdre) at St. Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn
May 9 - May 23To You, The Birdie! (Phèdre) at Riverside Studios, London International Festival of Theatre
May 31 - June 5To You, The Birdie! (Phèdre) at International Istanbul Theatre Festival
June 13 - 19To You, The Birdie! (Phèdre) at Kaaitheater, Brussels, Belgium
October 15 - 19To You, The Birdie! (Phèdre) at The Wexner Center, Columbus, OH
October 25 - 31To You, The Birdie! (Phèdre) at On the Boards, Seattle, WA
November 8 - 17To You, The Birdie! (Phèdre) at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Decemberrehearsals begin for the revival of Brace Up!
 


2001

January - FebruaryPhèdre rehearsals
March 14 - 17House/Lights at La Rose des Vents, France
March 21 - 24House/Lights at Theatre Garonne, France
March 28 - 31House/Lights at Le Maillon, France
April - MayPhèdre rehearsals
June 1 - July 1Phèdre (New Work) at The Performing Garage
September 6 - 23Work in Progress showings of Phèdre (New Work), now titled To You, The Birdie! (Phèdre) at The Performing Garage
October 19 - November 6The Hairy Ape at Melbourne Festival, Australia
November 14 - 17NORTH ATLANTIC at the Festival D'Automne, Paris
November 22 - 26The Hairy Ape at The Festival D'Automne, Paris
November 28 - December 7To You, The Birdie! (Phèdre) performed at The Festival D'Automne, Paris
 


2000

January 11 - February 27NORTH ATLANTIC at The Performing Garage
March - April - MayPhèdre rehearsals
May 27 - 31House/Lights at The Bergen International Theatre, Norway
June 7 - 10House/Lights at Tramway, Glasgow
June 23 - 27NORTH ATLANTIC at Kaaitheater, Brussels
September - OctoberPhèdre rehearsals
November 15 - 19NORTH ATLANTIC at On The Boards, Seattle
November 28 - December 2NORTH ATLANTIC at The Wexner Center, Columbus, OH
December 7 - 10NORTH ATLANTIC at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
 


1999

January - MarchHouse/Lights at The Performing Garage
April - MayNORTH ATLANTIC rehearsals
May 27 - 31House/Lights at The Montreal Festival des Amerique
June - JulyEditing of The Emperor Jones video continues
July 16Showing of The Emperor Jones video at The New York Video Festival
September - OctoberNORTH ATLANTIC rehearsals
October 14 - November 21NORTH ATLANTIC at The Performing Garage
December 8 - 18House/Lights at Theatre de la Bastille, Paris
 


1998

JanuaryHouse /Lights rehearsals
March, April, MayThe Emperor Jones at The Performing Garage
May 28 - June 1House/Lights at Kunstfest, Weimar
June 7 - 16The Hairy Ape and House/Lights at The Holland Festival, Amsterdam
June 25 - July 3The Hairy Ape at The Bavarian State Opera, Munich
July 11 - 15The Hairy Ape at The Murgulho No Futuro Festival, Lisbon (Expo 98)
SeptemberHouse/Lights rehearsals
October 3 - 25House/Lights at The Performing Garage
November 20 - 24The Emperor Jones at The Belfast Festival at Queen's
December 2 - 6House/Lights at Desingel, Antwerp
December 9 - 12House/Lights at Kaaitheater, Brussels
 


1997

January - FebruaryHouse/Lights rehearsals continue with one weekend performance in February
Marchshowing of Wrong Guys at The Whitney Biennial, New York, NY
March - May 25The Hairy Ape at the Selwyn Theatre, New York, NY
June 4 - 9The Hairy Ape at The Weiner Feswochen, Vienna
June 14 - 16The Hairy Ape at Theatre Am Turm, Frankfurt
June 22 - 30The Hairy Ape at The Hebbel Theatre, Berlin
SeptemberHouse/Lights rehearsals and performances at The Wexner Center, Columbus, Ohio
October 28 - November 2House/Lights at Kanonhallen, Copenhagen
November 12 - 16House/Lights at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, lL
November 20 - 23House/Lights at The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
DecemberHouse/Lights rehearsals at The Performing Garage
DecemberTrisha Brown, with Diane Madden, choreographs a short piece which is later incorporated into House/Lights
 


1996

JanuaryThe Hairy Ape rehearsals
January 24 - February 18The Hairy Ape at The Performing Garage
February - MarchFish Story rehearsals
March 21 - 25Fish Story in Bogota, Colombia
April 18 - May 4Fish Story, The Emperor Jones, The Hairy Ape all at The Luna Theatre, Brussels, Belgium
Mayediting and sound recording continues on Wrong Guys, editing begins on The Emperor Jones video
Junerehearsals begin on 'new work', later to be titled House/Lights
June 10 - 16preparation and filming of the 'motel' scenes from Wrong Guys
Septemberediting continues on both Wrong Guys and The Emperor Jones video
October - DecemberHouse/Lights rehearsals, Wrong Guys editing continues
 


1995

JanuaryThe Hairy Ape rehearsals
February 1 - March 5The Hairy Ape work-in-progress showings at The Performing Garage
MarchThe Temptation of St. Antony in San Paulo, Brazil
March - JuneRhyme 'Em To Death included in The Whitney Biennial
AprilThe Hairy Ape rehearsals
April 22 - JuneThe Hairy Ape work-in-progress performances at The Performing Garage
JuneWrong Guys preparation work
JulyWrong Guys filming in Maine
September - OctoberThe Emperor Jones at The Performing Garage
Octoberfilming of The Emperor Jones video at The Performing Garage
Octoberfilming of the 'Sugar Shack' scene from Wrong Guys at The Perfroming Garage
November, Decemberediting begins on Wrong Guys
December 11Wrong Guys work-in-progress film showing and reading by Jim Strahs at Matthew Marks Gallery, NYC
 


1994

December 29 - January 29Fish Story at The Performing Garage
FebruaryResearch begins on "Faust Project"
March 3 - 6Brace Up! at The Hong Kong Arts Festival
March 24 - April 9The Emperor Jones at The Performing Garage. During this run Willem is rehearsed in Ron's role in Frank Dell's The Temptation of St. Antony
April 16Ron Vawter dies
April 29 - May 8Frank Dell's The Temptation of St. Antony at The Hebbel Theatre, Berlin, Germany
May 13 - 17Fish Story at Maison des Arts, Creteil, France
June, JulyThe Hairy Ape rehearsals begin
August 30 - September 9The Hairy Ape rehearsals
September 23 - 28Brace Up! and Fish Story in Hamburg, Germany
OctoberBrace Up! at The Performing Garage
NovemberFish Story at The Performing Garage
DecemberThe Hairy Ape rehearsals
 


1993

January 28 - February 6The Emperor Jones at The Performing Garage
February, MarchFish Story rehearsals at The Performing Garage.
April 15 - May 1The Emperor Jones and Fish Story (work in progress) as double bill at The Performing Garage
May 16 - 19The Emperor Jones and Fish Story in Vienna
May 27 - June 4The Emperor Jones and Fish Story in Brussels
June 9 - 13Brace Up! in Antwerp
June 18 - 27Brace Up!, The Emperor Jones and Fish Story (work in progress) at Theatre de Welt Festival in Munich
July 2 - 6Brace Up! in London.
AugustMaine. Script work on The Black Hole.
September 7 - 11The Emperor Jones and Fish Story (work in progress) in Arhus
September 15 - 19The Emperor Jones and Fish Story (work in progress) in Stockholm
October 15 - 23The Emperor Jones and Fish Story (work in progress) in Frankfurt
OctoberRehearsals begin for remounting Frank Dell's The Temptation of St. Antony
November 11 - December 5Frank Dell's The Temptation of St. Antony at The Performing Garage
December 29Initial plans made for "Faust Project" with Ron
 


1992

January - MarchWork on new piece (later to be called Fish Story)
JanuaryRoy Cohn/Jack Smith rehearsals at The Performing Garage
FebruaryWhite Homeland Commando sound edit
March 27 - April 25Brace Up! at The Performing Garage
MayBrace Up! on tour to Zurich and Lisbon (Ron performs Roy Cohn/Jack Smith at The Performing Garage)
August, SeptemberThe Emperor Jones rehearsals at The Performing Garage
October 8 - 17The Emperor Jones (work in progress) at The Performing Garage
October 28 - November 1Brace Up! in Glasgow
November 10 - 14Brace Up! in Bordeaux, France
November 19 - 22The Emperor Jones in Frankfurt
 


1991

January 18 - March 9Brace Up! at The Performing Garage
March 21 - 24Brace Up! in Seattle, WA
April 3 - 6Brace Up! in Minneapolis, MN
April White Homeland Commando rough picture edit
April 19Geinin 'bathroom shoot' at The Performing Garage
April 24 - 28Brace Up! in Frankfurt
May 4 - 9Brace Up! at the Hebel Theatre, Berlin
May 14 - 20Brace Up! in Amsterdam
May 25 - 29Brace Up! in Vienna
June, JulyFinal picture edit for White Homeland Commando
September 12 - October 26Brace Up! at The Performing Garage
November 6 - 14Brace Up! in Frankfurt
November 19 - 27Brace Up! at the Kaaitheater, Brussels
DecemberWhite Homeland Commando sound edit
DecemberRon rehearses Roy Cohn/Jack Smith at The Performing Garage (under umbrella of Garage Productions)
 


1990

January - AprilBrace Up! rehearsals continue at The Performing Garage
May 10 - 13St. Antony and Brace Up! work-in-progress at The Performing Garage
May 21 - 27St. Antony and Brace Up! work-in-progress in Vienna
JunePre-production for Geinin film shoot
July 1 - 3Geinin film shoot at The Performing Garage
August 30 - September 4St. Antony at the Temporary Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
October 4 - 19L.S.D., St. Antony, and Brace Up! work-in-progress at The Tramway Theater, Glasgow
November, DecemberBrace Up! rehearsals at The Performing Garage
 


1989

JanuaryWhite Homeland Commando video shoot
February 1 - 5L.S.D. in Toronto
February, MarchBrace Up! rehearsals at The Performing Garage
AprilWhite Homeland Commando post-production work
May 15 - 20St. Antony in Antwerp
June 1 - 4St. Antony in Montreal
June, JulyBrace Up! rehearsals resume including Paul Schmidt's translation of Three Sisters
September 14 - October 29St. Antony at The Performing Garage
November 6St. Antony, Episode One at The New Museum, New York, NY
 


1988

January 6 - February 22Symphony of Rats at The Performing Garage
January - AprilThis Will Kill That film project
May 23 - 28L.S.D. at The Jerusalem Festival. Cubby in Jerusalem video shoot (later incorporated into St. Antony)
June 5 - 30NORTH ATLANTIC benefit performances at The Performing Garage
JulySt. Antony rehearsals resume
SeptemberCubby as Jesus video shoot in Venice (later incorporated into St. Antony)
September 16 - October 15Frank Dell's The Temptation of St. Antony (now complete) at The Performing Garage
November 6St. Antony run resumes
DecemberWhite Homeland Commando pre-production and rehearsals at The Performing Garage
 


1987

December 26 - January 18Route 1 & 9 opens in The Kitchen, New York, NY
January 22 - February 10L.S.D. at The Performing Garage
FebruarySt. Antony rehearsals resume
April 1 - 26St. Antony work-in-progress at The Performing Garage
May 5 - 10St. Antony at MIT, Cambridge, MA
June 4 - 7L.S.D. at the Montreal Festival
mid-June - mid-AugustWooster Group residency in Northampton, Mass. sponsored by No Theater
June 18 - 21L.S.D. at Smith College, Northampton
June 25 - 28St. Antony at Smith College, Northampton
July, AugustWrong Guys video shoot
August 13 - 14Wrong Guys at Thornes, Northampton
September 6 - 13L.S.D. at the L.A. Festival. Cubby in L.A. video shoot (later incorporated into St. Antony)
September 17 - 21L.S.D. at On the Boards, Seattle
Late September, OctoberSt. Antony rehearsals resume
October 8 - November 9St. Antony work-in-progress at The Performing Garage
NovemberSymphony of Rats, second collaboration with The Ontological-Hysteric Theatre
 


1986

January 4 - 19L.S.D. at the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.
January 23 - 26St. Antony open rehearsals at the Kennedy Center concluding the residency
February 6 - 16Situations of Confrontation upstairs at The Performing Garage
March 1 - 15L.S.D. in Adelaide, Australia
MarchWhile in Australia, Michael Kirby writes White Homeland Commando for The Wooster Group
April 28 - May 4L.S.D. and St. Antony rehearsals filmed for South Bank Show
May 26 - June 30St. Antony work-in-progress shown
August 12 - 18L.S.D. in Edinburgh
August 21 - September 6L.S.D. in London. White Homeland Commando public readings at the Riverside Studios
September 9 - 14L.S.D. in Cardiff, Wales
October 5 - 11L.S.D. at the Ancienine Belgique, Brussels
October 15 - 19L.S.D. in Theatre Am Turm, Frankfurt
October 28 - November 2L.S.D. in Milano
NovemberRoute 1 & 9 rehearsals at The Kitchen, New York, NY. To open November 17
 Ron's seizure - Route 1 & 9 performances postponed
 


1985

January 5 -12L.S.D. reopens with new version of Part II
January 26 - 27L.S.D. at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
 Work begins on Flaubert's La Tentation de Saint Antoine, a text suggested by Peter Sellars
February 19 - 25Frank Dell's The Temptation of St. Antony rehearsals at MIT, Cambridge, MA
March 18Miss Universal Happiness rehearsals, a collaboration with The Ontological- Hysteric Theater
May 14 - June 22Miss Universal Happiness at The Performing Garage
June 25 - 30Route 1 & 9 at the Bastille Theatre, Paris
August, September, OctoberSt. Antony rehearsals; Channel J. sequence video drafts
November 4Wooster Group residency at the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.
November, DecemberChannel J. video shoot. Flaubert Dreams of Travel but the Illness of his Mother Prevents It, a film shoot with Ken Kobland (later incorporated into St. Antony)
December 7 - 22NORTH ATLANTIC at The Playwrights Theatre, Washington D.C.
 


1984

October 13 - January 8L.S.D. work-in-progress at The Performing Garage
JanuaryMan in Miami filmed in Miami, Florida (later incorporated into L.S.D.)
January 13 - March 11NORTH ATLANTIC at The Performing Garage
February 7 - March 6Spalding Gray performs Swimming to Cambodia - part 2 at The Performing Garage
February 17Crucible on Acid rehearsal video tape (later incorporated into L.S.D.)
February 24 - March 31Hula at The Performing Garage
March 22 - April 13L.S.D. with parts 1, 2, and 3 at The Performing Garage
April 15 - May 13L.S.D. first performances of all four parts in Boston, Massachusetts
September 27 - November 25L.S.D. at The Performing Garage - during this run TWG receives a cease-and-desist threat from Arthur Miller's lawyers
October 27 - January 5, 1985Spalding Gray performs Swimming to Cambodia at The Performing Garage
November, DecemberMichael Kirby rewrites The Crucible section of L.S.D. (Part II)
 


1983

January 20 - February 13L.S.D. work-in-progress including excerpts from The Crucible and record interpretation of L.S.D.
February 28 - MarchPreparation for residency collaboration with Globe Theater, Eindhoven, Holland. Work on text with Jim Strahs begins (later called NORTH ATLANTIC)
March 28Wooster Group leaves for Eindhoven
April, MayNORTH ATLANTIC rehearsals with Globe Theater
April 21 -28Route 1 & 9 in Brussels
June 7 - 18NORTH ATLANTIC in Eindhoven, Holland
June 29 - July 1Route 1 & 9 in Zurich
August, SeptemberL.S.D. (...Just the High Points...) rehearsals resume
NovemberNORTH ATLANTIC work on New York version begins
December 12 - January 31, 1984Spalding Gray performs Swimming to Cambodia - part 1 at The Performing Garage
 


1982

January 21 - February 5Hula at The Performing Garage
January, FebruaryFor the Good Times rehearsals
February 18 - 21Hula and For the Good Times at Danspace, New York, NY
February 22 - 26Route 1 & 9 at North Eastern University, Boston
March 16 - 28Route 1 & 9, Hula, and For the Good Times at The Mickery Theatre in Amsterdam
AprilPreparations for retrospective including Nayatt School, Point Judith, and Route 1 & 9
May 6 - 23Nayatt School at The Performing Garage
June 3 -13Point Judith and Route 1 & 9 at The Performing Garage
SeptemberRoad trip to Salem, Massachusetts
September, October, November, DecemberThe Crucible readings
October 28 - December 19Spalding Gray performs A Spalding Gray Retrospective - 8 solo monologues in repertory - at The Performing Garage
 


1981

November 28 - February 8Point Judith at The Performing Garage
February 19 - May 3The Last Act open rehearsals at The Performing Garage
April 30 - May 3Point Judith at the Kaaitheatre Festival, Brussels
June"Our Town," a video shoot (sequences incorporated into Route 1 & 9)
July, AugustHula (a record album interpretation) rehearsals
September 11 - 27Hula at The Performing Garage. Wooster Group performance under the alias of "Ray Whitfield and the Johnsons."
October 8Route 1 & 9 at The Performing Garage
October 8 - 11Spalding Gray performs In Search of the Monkey Girl at The Performing Garage
November 20 - February 14, 1982Spalding Gray performs 47 Beds at The Performing Garage
November, DecemberWork on the second record album interpretation from Dr. Timothy Leary's L.S.D.
 


1980

December 28 - March 2Point Judith at The Envelope, New York City
March 21 - April 27Rumstick Road at The American Place Theatre, New York City
May 6 - 24Point Judith at The Mickery Theatre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
June 14First reading of "Our Town"
June 25 - JulyGoing My Way?, a film shoot in New Jersey (footage incorporated into Route 1 & 9)
September 10 - FebruaryThe Last Act rehearsals (later became Route 1 & 9)
NovemberWork on Pigmeat Markham routines begins (incorporated into Route 1 & 9).
 
The Lesson - video shoot of Clifton Fadiman sequence (footage incorporated into Route 1 & 9)
November 7 - January 31, 1981Spalding Gray performs A Personal History of the American Theatre at The Performing Garage
November 28 - February 8 (’81)Point Judith at The Performing Garage
 


1979

December 8 (’78) - February 4Three Places in Rhode Island at The Performing Garage.
JanuaryFathers and Sons rehearsals (later became Point Judith)
February 24 - 28Rumstick Road at the 99 cent Floating Theatre, University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
March 9 - 31Three Places in Rhode Island at The Performing Garage
April 20 - June 2Spalding Gray performs his first solo monologue Sex & Death to the Age 14 at The Performing Garage
July 2 - August 11Residency/Workshop at Connecticut College
July, AugustBy The Sea, a film shoot on the coast near New London, CT (footage incorporated into Point Judith)
September 13 - November 27Spalding Gray performs 3 x Gray (India & After; Sex & Death to the Age 14; Booze, Cars & College Girls) at The Performing Garage  


1978

January 27, 28Rumstick Road at The Wilma Project in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
January, February, MarchNayatt School rehearsals
April 21 - June 11Nayatt School at The Performing Garage
June 12 - 18Rumstick Road at The New Theatre Festival in Baltimore, Maryland
September 19 - October 29Three Places in Rhode Island (Sakonnet Point, Rumstick Road, Nayatt School) at The Mickery Theatre in Amsterdam.
December 8 - February 4 (’79)Three Places in Rhode Island at The Performing Garage
 


1977

January 27, February 21, March 24Rumstick Road open rehearsals
March 25 - AprilRumstick Road opens at The Performing Garage
JuneRumstick Road at The Performing Garage
October, NovemberNayatt School rehearsals at The Wonderhorse Theatre, NYC
December 1 - 23Rumstick Road at The Performing Garage
 


1976

October 10 - November 1SAKONNET POINT performances at The Performing Garage
NovemberRUMSTICK ROAD evening rehearsals upstairs at The Performing Garage
December 16RUMSTICK ROAD open rehearsal for invited audience, no set
 


1975

May 29Open rehearsal of SAKONNET POINT at The Performing Garage
June 12 - 27SAKONNET POINT performances at The Performing Garage
SeptemberSAKONNET POINT rehearsals at The Performing Garage
October 15 - November 13SAKONNET POINT performances at The Performing Garage
 

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Selected Awards

2016 Guggenheim Fellowship - Kate Valk
2013 Edinburgh Herald Archangel Award
2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award - Elizabeth LeCompte
2010 Anonymous Was A Woman - Elizabeth LeCompte
2009 Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative - Kate Valk
2008 TCG Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship for Distinguished Achievement - Kate Valk
2008 Guggenheim Fellowship - Elizabeth LeCompte
2007 Theater Practitioner Award from Theater Communications Group - Elizabeth LeCompte
2007 United States Artists Fellow - Elizabeth LeCompte
2006 Chevalier des Artes et Lettres from the French Cultural Ministry - Elizabeth LeCompte
2006 OBIE* Award(s) for Performance in Poor Theater - Ari Fliakos and Scott Shepherd
2005 Skowhegan Medal for Performance - Elizabeth LeCompte
2004 BESSIE* for Best Performer - Scott Shepherd
2003 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Individual Artist Award - Kate Valk
2002 BESSIE for Best Performer - Kate Valk
2002 BESSIE for Best Production - TO YOU, THE BIRDIE!
2002 OBIE Special Citation - TO YOU, THE BIRDIE!
2002 Back Stage West GARLAND for Direction - Elizabeth LeCompte
2002 Back Stage West GARLAND - TO YOU, THE BIRDIE!
2001 Helpmann Award for Best Sound - THE HAIRY APE
1999 OBIE Award for Best Production - HOUSE/LIGHTS
1999 BESSIE for Design of HOUSE/LIGHTS - James "J.J." Johnson, John Collins, Jim Findlay,
             Philip Bussmann, Jennifer Tipton, Elizabeth Jenyon
1998 OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence in Performance - Kate Valk
1995 MacArthur Fellowship - Elizabeth LeCompte
1993 Edwin Booth Award for Significant Contributions to New York Theater - The Wooster Group
1991 OBIE Award 15 Years of Sustained Excellence - The Wooster Group
1991 National Endowment for the Arts Distinguished Artists Fellowship for Lifetime Achievement
             in American Theater - Elizabeth LeCompte
1988 BESSIE for Ongoing Achievement with The Wooster Group - Ron Vawter
1985 National Endowment for the Arts Ongoing Ensembles Grant - The Wooster Group
1985 OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence in Performance - Ron Vawter
1985 OBIE Special Citation - Spalding Gray
1987 The LA Drama Critics Award for Distinguished Achievement - L.S.D. (...JUST THE HIGH POINTS...)
1985 BESSIE for Sustained Achievement - The Wooster Group
1982 OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence in Set Design - Jim Clayburgh
1980 OBIE Award for Direction of POINT JUDITH - Elizabeth LeCompte
1978 Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship - Elizabeth LeCompte and Spalding Gray

* BESSIE - Downtown Dance & Performance
* OBIE - Off Broadway