Rabih Mroue announced as winner of Spalding Gray Award Mar 29, 2010

by Jessica

Just announced: Rabih Mroue - performing artist based in Beirut - has just won the Spalding Gray Award. What is this? The press release describes the award as "a special commission in Spalding’s honor that supports gifted writer/performers who fully realize both aspects of his legacy, who are fearless innovators of theatrical form." The NY Times also has this to say:

The 2010 Spalding Gray Award has been given to Rabih Mroue, below, an actor, director, playwright and visual artist in Beirut known for controversial work that reflects his country’s political climate. The Lebanese Interior Ministry banned his 2007 performance piece about that country’s civil war, "How Nancy Wished That Everything Was an April Fools’ Joke," written with Fadi Toufic. (The ban was later reversed.) The award, named after Gray, the monologist who died in 2004, is sponsored by a consortium that includes Kathleen Russo, Gray’s wife; Performance Space 122 in New York; the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh; and On the Boards in Seattle. It comes with a stipend to create a new work and provides for a full production of that work by each organization.

  Thanks for the write up, NY Times! To learn more about Rabih, check out this entry on Contemporary Performance.