Press Release: Indy Fringe

For Immediate Release: July 31, 2017  |  Entertainment/Theatre |  Bárbara Selfridge announces Stalking Grace: A Writer in Movement at Venue Indy Eleven, 719 East St. Clair St, August 17-20, as part of the IndyFringe Festival  |   Opening Show Thursday Aug 17 at 6p, also Sat Aug 19 at 4:30p, and Sun Aug 20 at 6p  | Tickets: $15 / $12 Senior & Student |  Wheelchair Accessible  |  Media contact: Bárbara Selfridge, 510-390-0283 or  |  Tickets:  or (317) 308-9800  |   More information at


Bárbara Selfridge (note accent!) presents:

Stalking Grace Stalks Fringe-Goers

Bárbara Selfridge is a stalker.  In her 60-minute IndyFringe offering, Stalking Grace: A Writer in Movement, she stalks her mentor, the writer/activist Grace Paley.  Creepy!  There’s a case, though, to be made for the meaning that a passion like that brings into your life.

Or maybe not.  

Audiences at the IndyFringe Festival are invited to decide for themselves.  Selfridge’s solo performance — called “A great story,” by the Chicago Reader — appears at Venue Indy Eleven, 719 E. St Clair St, the Fringe’s first weekend only: August 17-19.

“Stalking Grace” tells the story of a triangle.  There’s brilliant over-extended Grace Paley, Paley’s equally-committed but much less successful writer/activist husband, and Selfridge, the ex-student who wants so desperately to support Paley and can’t help but walk all over her mentor’s husband instead.  Yikes!

Selfridge portrays feminist icon Paley as both a poetry-slinger, and a truth-to-power fighter, with book deals, desegregation, global warming, Vietnam, and casual sexism as the backdrop to her life.  In one scene, writer Norman Mailer accuses Paley of trying to “pussy-whip” then-Secretary of State George Schultz, a story that thrills her fiercely leftist protégée.  

This is Selfridge’s second solo performance piece developed for the Fringe circuit.  Her previous show, “Zero Tolerance: Sex, Math and Seizures,” depicted mathematicians, sex-addicts, and epileptics (ie Selfridge’s immediate family), and was called, “…funny, sad, thoughtful stuff that cuts to the chase of the human condition.”  

A writer based in Oakland, CA, Selfridge has worked as a literary escort (“not as lurid as that sounds”) and as personal assistant to Grace Paley and Alice Walker.  She works with three theatres: Theatre Unlimited, for developmentally-disabled playwrights and actors, The Marsh, for solo performers, and Stagebridge, for seniors.

Selfridge created this piece with help from solo performance heavyweights David Ford, Julia McNeal, and Rebecca Fisher.  She also credits her sister Margaret, who shines in the Kickstarter movie that the sisters used to raise funds (“Take Me to the Fringe”).  Margaret Selfridge sings backup in the New Hope Band, a rock band for people with special needs.  That’s sets the bar pretty high, doesn’t it?