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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)

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