Rumstick Road

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Rumstick Road

  • 2013
  • Directed By: Elizabeth LeCompte
  • Rated Not Rated
  • Experimental
  • 95 Minutes
  1. Friday, November 4, 2016 6:30 p.m.
Still image from the film Rumstick Road
The Wooster Group’s 1977 Rumstick Road—composed by Spalding Gray and Elizabeth LeCompte in response to the suicide of Gray’s mother—has been hailed as a landmark in American experimental theater. This video reconstruction by director LeCompte and filmmaker Kobland blends together archival fragments in order to reconstruct a lost performance. Preceding the feature as a companion piece, Kobland’s 1986 short film Flaubert Dreams of Travel … is in his own words “a series of cartoon tableaux, an homage to surrealism and soap-operas,” another fragment of a lost time and place in the history of American avant-garde theater. This digital presentation of Rumstick Road was edited by Ken Kobland. (Digital Presentation)