Gray House Guide & FAQ


The Gray House experiment is an arts and literature movement wherein fictional characters come to life online and interact with real people, together creating an addictive and darkly magical world of make-believe.

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Gray House Guide & FAQ


The Gray House experiment is an arts and literature movement wherein fictional characters come to life online and interact with real people, together creating an addictive and darkly magical world of make-believe.

The following is the Gray House Guide & FAQ section. If your question hasn’t been answered by the end of the page, please feel free to email us at grayhousemain@gmail.com. There are no stupid questions, no inquiry too complicated. Typically, we respond within 48 hours.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

WHAT IS GRAY HOUSE?

What is Gray House?

Am I right for Gray House?

Who are the Gray Family?

Who are Rosie and Evelyn?

Who is Jack?

THE WEBSITE

What is the Gray House website?

What is the purpose of subscribing?

What do I get for free?

What do I get with a subscription?

I still don’t know if I want a subscription, can I ask for more information?

Can I cancel my subscription?

YOUR INVOLVEMENT

I subscribed, now what?

The Gray Book explained

I want to know more about a specific happening or person in the House. Can I request that?

What are other ways I can get involved?

ROOM ELEVEN

What is Room Eleven?

What is Jack’s Journal?

How do I put items in my room?

What is an acceptable Jack’s Journal entry or response to a prompt?

What are Notes to Jack?

How do I respond to letters/Notes to Jack?

TECHNICAL HELP

What is the layout of Gray House?

How do I text a Gray Family member?

How do I email a Gray Family member?

What if I don’t get a response from a Gray Family member?

What if a Gray Family member isn’t nice to me?

When I text message a Gray Family member via Google Hangouts, who am I talking to really?

Can my artistic contributions be published on the site?

What Is Gray House?


What Is Gray House?


In this section:

What is Gray House?

Am I right for Gray House?

Who are the Gray Family?

Who are Rosie and Evelyn?

Who is Jack?

WHAT IS GRAY HOUSE?

Gray House is a make-believe world like those you see in movies and read in books except it’s living and breathing in real time and doesn’t go away when you’re finished reading or turn off the TV. Like now, for instance. Brad is in the Library picking up chess pieces that were scattered on the floor when Joshua and Nicholas knocked over the table while wrestling. Clyde is asleep on the piano in the Foyer. Dean is in his room packing his gym bag. And so on. Gray House is an imaginary house full of imaginary friends; the Gray Family.

AM I RIGHT FOR GRAY HOUSE?

Everyone is right for Gray House on some level. If you want to just enjoy the arts and literature being produced on the site, subscribing is right for you. If you want to be involved in the experiment of Gray House by interacting with the fictional characters that are The Gray Family, thereby having a direct impact on the stories unfolding between us, you’re an even better fit and you should absolutely come on “Home” and get started.

However, being ready for/receptive to what can happen to you while you’re “living” in Gray House is another matter.

Whether or not you’re ready is a question people should ask themselves, not necessarily the Gray Family. Our answer is perhaps more complex than can be expressed here, but simply put: Do you feel like there’s more to life than work and play? That the magic of inspiration and creation are real?

In this House, we do a ton of studying our existences and psyches. We examine ourselves and each other on levels most people never even consider. We do it so that we can travel the vastness of our imaginations because we’ve found that pretending leads to real meaning. Finding that meaning has made us crazy, changed us, healed wounds, and planted seeds for the evolution of art, communication, and even love. Our experience with this little experiment we’ve been doing has been personal and kept us emotionally raw since we started. It isn’t easy, it isn’t typical, but it is important. Gray House is too strange, too revolutionary, and too sensitive to the emotional needs of creative people to pass by.

If you can face yourself honestly and be brave enough to do something really hard that no one has ever done before in order to someday change the world (or just your own art), you’re perfect for Gray House.

WHO ARE THE GRAY FAMILY?

In our usual alphabetical order, our names are Adam, Brad, Clyde, Dean, Evelyn, Gradient, Jack (you), John, Joshua, Matthew, Nicholas, and Rosie. You might notice that doesn’t add up to 13. There’s a reason for that, but it’s a secret.

You may have also noticed that there looks to be a gender imbalance between us. Looks can be deceiving. We’re all (more or less) gender-fluid, and that fluidity extends further than our internal compositions, as we tend to transform physically into different genders. We’re also pansexual, polyamorous, and we travel to different planets, dimensions, and eras on the reg, where we sometimes have different names, personalities, ages, and appearances. But for now, these names and visages are what you should get to know first.

Most of the Gray Family are what you might call imaginary. That means, should you be of a more black and white perception, they don’t exist. Being “Corporeally Challenged,” to be politically correct, the Grayboys are brought to life by the kind hosts of this website; Rosie and Evelyn. The Grayboys are creations of Rosie and Evelyn, characters they’ve been fleshing out for over 20 years.

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WHO ARE ROSIE AND EVELYN?

Full-time writers and experimental performance artists Rosie Room and Evelyn Waits met in a college poetry class in 2004. They became best friends but didn’t wind up in the endless chasm that is Gray House for almost a decade later. After January 1st, 2013, it wasn’t long before they realized the experiment was ruining them for the more traditional lives they were then leading at the time. When they fell in love and got engaged, it was because Gray House had created a situation for them which made the outside world impossible to return to. They had found out that magic really existed and make-believe could change art in very real and specific ways. Now, they live together with their young son and have vowed to change the world with what they’re learning together that no one else seems to know. Yet.

You can find out everything else there is to know about the Graygirls by subscribing to the site to enjoy their art, essays concerning make-believe, and their extensive collections of audio recordings documenting happenings in Gray House and information on how the place operates.

WHO IS JACK?

Jack is the name we call you. You might be thinking: Well, that’s not my name. But every Gray Family member has more than one name. Those we use most often in the House are not typically our given names. Jack can be masculine or feminine, but feel free to clarify with us what pronoun you would prefer we use. Of course, you can also give us a different name than Jack. We’ll certainly be giving you some of our other names and telling you what they mean over time. We hope you’ll do the same.

Jack is your alias. Behind that name, you can be yourself or someone else entirely. it’s up to you.

In Gray House, names come with mythologies and possible interpersonal connections. There’s a lot in a name around here. For instance, do you wonder why you’re called Jack specifically? You’ll get as many interesting answers as people you ask.

Using form submissions, emailing, or texting the Gray Family via Google hangouts, you’re as anonymous as you want to be or as anonymous as your email address allows. If you want more anonymity, we suggest subscribing with an alternate email, one which omits your given name.

Submitting material to the website, you’ll always be credited as Jack. Whether submitting art, dreams, responses to prompts, or other narratives of your experience in Gray House, doing so should be treated as a never-ending game of Exquisite Corpse (link to wikipedia) that you’re playing with anonymous people all over the world. Conceptualize, if you will, that you’re one of many people contributing to one character: Jack. Reading Jack’s journals (located in Room Eleven), you’re informing yourself of what has already been put in place as the character of Jack, which is information you can keep or alter, expand on, or ignore. It’s up to you.

The Website


The Website


In this section:

What is the Gray House website?

What is the purpose of subscribing?

What do I get for free?

What do I get with a subscription?

I still don’t know if I want a subscription, can I ask for more information?

Can I cancel my subscription?

WHAT IS THE GRAY HOUSE WEBSITE?

The Gray House website is the headquarters of the fully-interactive role-playing experiment. It’s made of many moving parts and no shortage of things to do. Here, you’ll find live updates, artistic prompts, and endless possibilities for collaboration with the fictional Gray Family played live by Evelyn Waits and Rosie Room.

The Gray House website presents an imaginary world of strange corridors and bottomless rabbit holes. Upon subscribing, you’re pulled into a vast multimedia experience of the other 12 Gray Family members’ lives. This includes but is not limited to games, audio recordings, visual art, letters, confessions, Spotify and Youtube playlists, narratives, poetry, dream records, memories, collections of data for consideration, dissertations on existence, and intimate conversations.

Around every corner, you’re given the opportunity to contribute to the completely improvised stories being shaped into realities, as the 13th Gray Family member: Jack. Subscribing means “coming home” to Gray House and engaging in a coup d’état against reality with us. You choose your own level of involvement, from silent bystander to earth mover or anything in between. There are no rules and no expectations but that you pretend you’re living with us, which we make easy to do with the immersive venue that is the new website.

Updated daily, there’s always something new to experience and react to. You’re given a rich array of content and then prompted to write scenes, interact with the characters through text message and letters, submit ideas, journal your experience, solve mysteries, and make mixtapes. Whatever the Family inspires in you, you’re urged to create and given an avenue to do so.

You’re cordially invited to join the initiators of this dangerous experiment by subscribing to the website. Come play with us and do something no one has ever done before.

The Gray House website is set up to mirror Gray House proper as thoroughly as possible. For every room in Gray House, there is a page on the site. We hope this helps you envision your surroundings and inspire you to action. Each room has its uses, mysteries, and its opportunities for you to play with us, experiment, and challenge yourself creatively. Find an extensive map of the website in the Courtyard.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF SUBSCRIBING?

When you subscribe, you come home to Gray House.

Gray House is now and will always be a dangerous experiment. Your subscription fee pays for your hosts to give their time, hearts, and performances to make you part of that experiment. Once you’ve signed up, the doors of Gray House are wide open to you, and the fate of the world and its stories are dropped into your hands. You may choose to move mountains, to keep to the sidelines as more of an observer, or something in between. But as with any other, you’ll get out of this experience what you put in.

If you’re not sure what you can or would want to put into your Gray House experience, see the section of this guide on the topic of your involvement in the Room Eleven section of the FAQ.

Digitally and in your imagination, you’ll be living in Gray House and the characters (the members of the Gray Family) will treat you as such. They may treat you as if you’ve always been here or as if you’ve just moved in, depending on who you encounter and where they happen to be in the infinite alternate universes we travel every day. You can choose to take their cue or bring them into your ideas of the truth to make something new and magical happen. Either way, magic is around the corner.

WHAT DO I GET FOR FREE?

If you decide not to subscribe to the website, there’s still some content available to you. Following our social media accounts is free of charge, obviously. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Spotify are naturally free to peruse, and none of these entities are associated with Gray House or it’s creators. However, we don’t post super frequently, as much of our time is spent playing with our subscribers in-site.

Letters to you. Whether or not you want to indulge us, we write letters to you regularly. For free, you can read these letters any time you like. And if you ever feel like writing us back, just subscribe or buy the Gray Book for your complete list of the Gray Family’s email addresses. We write frequently about whatever we feel, but direct, personal replies to you are only guaranteed to subscribers.

For free, you can check out these blog posts by Rosie in which she explains a bit more about Gray House’s peculiar origins back in 1997 and her unbelievable relationship with Evelyn.

WHAT DO I GET WITH A SUBSCRIPTION?

24-hour unlimited access to every room in Gray House. You can wander into any of our 16 rooms, night or day, and no one can kick you out because you’re paying rent! Which is more than most of us can say, MATTHEW. For more information on what’s inside every room in Gray House, visit the Courtyard for a bird’s eye view of the whole House.

The Courtyard has a list of the activities available in each of our rooms. There are artistic prompts in every room that rotate monthly with increasing frequency depending on the season and the everyday tumult of life in Gray House. Maybe we decide to go on a trip, or Matthew has gone crazy and started floating everyone’s mattresses down the bayou. We’ll prompt you to tell us your version of events. These prompts can be identified by a short paragraph with a question or a prompt at the end, followed by a link to an email address where you should send your work.

I STILL DON’T KNOW IF I WANT TO SUBSCRIBE. CAN I ASK FOR MORE INFORMATION?

Absolutely. We suggest you read the rest of the Gray House Guide & FAQ first, but if at the end, you’re still unsatisfied, please feel free to fill out the form submission with any questions you might have. No stupid questions, no inquiry too complicated. Typically, we respond within 48 hours.

CAN I CANCEL MY SUBSCRIPTION?

You can cancel your subscription whenever you like. At which time, your email address will be blocked from contact with the Gray Family via their email addresses and Google Hangouts, your full access to the House revoked. But, as always, you can continue to follow us and interact with our social media accounts for free and re-subscribe as you like as well. With your re-subscription, accounts are reinstated (hey, shit happens). 

Your Involvement


Your Involvement


In this section:

I subscribed, now what?

The Gray Book explained

I want to know more about a specific happening or person in the House. Can I request that?

What are other ways I can get involved?

I SUBSCRIBED. NOW, WHAT?

There are several ways to start interacting with the Gray Family as a subscriber to the website. It depends whether you want your experience to start off clean or messy. It’ll end up messy regardless of the path you choose, but it’s always nice to have a choice in the beginning. For the clean route, we recommend you read The Gray Book. Your subscription comes with the free download here. It’ll plunge you into a story line in which you’re key to the success of the protagonist. There are hints as to what you can do on the site and clear objectives given to you by the oh-so-handsome and endearing narrator.

For the messy route, we recommend wandering from room to room clicking on stuff until you feel drawn in by something in particular- a blog entry, a letter, a playlist, an audio recording or an artistic prompt. Anything that interests you will lead down a bottomless rabbit hole that can provide endless inspiration if you let it.

1. Prompts.

The artistic prompts I mentioned are in every room and they rotate monthly with increasing frequency depending on the season and the everyday life in Gray House. Maybe we decide to go on a trip, or Matthew has gone crazy and started floating everyone’s mattresses down the bayou. We’ll prompt you to tell us your version of events. These prompts can be identified by a short paragraph with a question or a prompt at the end, followed by a link to an email address where you should send your work.

Don’t be afraid of being wrong, it won’t matter. And if it does matter, we’ll correct you in such a passive way, you won’t even feel it. Sometimes in make-believe, there’s some anxiety that you’ll do or say the wrong thing. And you will. We all do. The point is: It’s just not a big deal. But one of the worst things you can do is refrain from making something up just because you don’t know what’s already in place or if it’s in some way inaccurate. We’re experienced in rolling with the punches, so unless it’s absolutely imperative that we change something you’ve imagined, we won’t. And you’re allowed the same.

For example, if a Gray Family member writes to tell you how much they’ve missed your sparkling, blue eyes, but your eyes are brown, you have some options. 1. Find the part of you that might actually have blue eyes and write back regarding that person. 2. Pretend you’re angry they don’t remember the color of your eyes, integrate the fact that they don’t remember your eye color into the mythology of your relationship with that character. 3. Ignore it and move on. 4. Explain that you’ve changed your eye color. Remember, this is fantasy, you can do anything you want - We will.

The world of Gray House looks just like the real world except because anything can happen, it can change to look like anything you see in your heart.

With our prompts, we might be asking for certain information ranging from the simple, such as what you wore and who you danced with at a party we held or what you plan to do about the fact that Evelyn wants you dead. But those answers can be elaborated as much as you want and brought to life in whatever form you want. It can be a letter, a first-person account, a Spotify playlist, a Pinterest board, a poem, or you may text message a Gray Family member directly and engage in some improvised storytelling on the spot.

But to be sure, everything on the site should be considered a prompt. If it’s laying around, feel free to write about it, draw it, paint it, spit on it and claim it as your own. As a subscriber, this is your house. Make it yours any way you want. Our prompts are there to let you in on what’s happening in the hearts and lives of the Family and let you give your accounts, opinions, and perspectives of the same events as if you were there. Because you were. Weren’t you?

Following prompts is what we do as artists to keep up the momentum of building a make-believe world together. You never know what may come of just a couple of letters or playlists exchanged.

2. Conversations.

As a subscriber, you’re given the ability to text message each Gray Family member at will through Google Hangouts. The moment you strike up a conversation with one of us is the moment the magic begins. Exploring secret worlds, having dreams of alternate realities, remembering things that haven’t yet happened, every Family member has something strange and heartbreakingly beautiful going on that you’re a part of but don’t know it yet. While you get to know each other, your horizons expand and your inspiration flows. Before you know it, you’ve been to five of the nine planets in our solar system and you’re engaged to Gradient.

After all, anything can happen. So text someone and make it happen.

We won’t ever disclose your personal information (including name and email) to anyone, but we will be posting screenshots of text conversation between yourself (your name cropped out) and the Family if we find them to be interesting, beautiful, or relevant.

3. Posts.

Once you’ve gotten to know the Family by reading their blog posts and letters, you’ve texted them to chat and followed the prompts all over the site to give your own account of life in Gray House, you have the opportunity to let us post your content in Room Eleven.

No one will read what you send but the members of the Gray Family unless you give us consent to post what you created. For more information about getting your content posted, see the Room Eleven section of the FAQ. The content you give us permission to share in Room Eleven will be seen by other subscribers and help build the character of Jack, giving him a voice. Sharing your Gray House experience publicly helps perpetuates Jack’s story line for everyone.

I WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT A SPECIFIC HAPPENING OR PERSON IN THE HOUSE. CAN I REQUEST THAT?

The Gray House experiment is meant to be Jack-propelled. That means we want to count on you to push our imaginary world forward into fun and exciting worlds. Every piece of art on the website is linked to endless mysteries to be solved, so if you have an interest in something you heard a Gray Family member say or a concept hidden in a conversation somewhere, feel free to ask us to elaborate. There’s no idea too weird or small for us. Email one of us or express your interest in writing by way of a form submission (found in several rooms). Be creative. Pretend you had a dream related to whatever it is you’re interested in and write it down. We’ll post it in the House Dream Journal. Draw a picture of it and send it to Brad, maybe he’ll look it up in one of our ancient texts and tell you all about it. Text a Family member and bring it up.

If you have a burning question you want Rosie and Evelyn to answer, send one of them an email requesting they make a recording and the same week, they’ll post the audio of their thorough musings on the topic.

THE GRAY BOOK EXPLAINED

The Gray Book, for all intents and purposes, is a rift between dimensions. It’s a novel written by the Gray Family that serves as an initial introduction to us and our home, Gray House. The plot revolves around you as you’re led, room-by-room, through the House by the mysterious spectre who’s been giving us so much trouble over the last few years. The Ghost Boy of Gray House narrates a relentlessly romantic telling of his woes, desperate for your help to set right all the wrongs he’s done to the Gray Family.

The Gray Book accomplishes the task of helping you to get to know us and helping you understand what’s possible here. It also gives you a great starting place for getting involved with us in our choose your own adventure style artistic experiment. You don’t have to take the Gray Book route to get tangled up in our drama and gorgeous chaos but if you need a mission, that’s where you’ll find it. The book will soon be available for purchase but can be obtained on our site, included in the price of your subscription.

WHAT ARE OTHER WAYS I CAN GET INVOLVED?

See the Room Eleven portion of the FAQ for information on some great ways to get involved with Gray House through the site. Beyond everything available to do on online, there are other ways to get involved with our experiment and even start your own.

If we aren’t posting all your Jack material (or you wish to retain it for yourself), start your own journal for Jack to more comprehensively document your experiences and thoughts. Send us the link, so we can read along.

Begin an external forum. Currently, there are no forums or sub-Reddits for Gray House. If you feel inclined, get together with a friend and build one. You can talk Gray House happenings, secrets, theories, and text message experiences with fellow Jacks.

Start pretending with the artists that you know in real life. Gray House, as it stands today, began as an artistic exercise wherein two writers wrote letters to each other as the characters from the books they were working on. Everything that followed after left the taste of revolution in our mouths. What we’re doing could spread like a virus if we look inside ourselves and remember how to make-believe as adults, as the brilliant creatives we are, to seek out the progress we could be making in the arts. We need to push ourselves and the Gray House experiment is a smart, dangerous, sexy place to start.

Have questions about how we operate Gray House on a meta (real life) level? Subscribe to the site and email us. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have in excruciating detail. We love talking about what we do and helping others understand it. In response, you’ll receive an audio recording between five minutes and an hour long depending on the question.

Keep paying us. If you decide that making believe with us isn’t up your alley but you like the content and you want us to stay afloat, please keep subscribing. We need your payments to sustain ourselves and our mission.

Room Eleven


Room Eleven


In this section:

What is Room Eleven?

What is Jack’s Journal?

How do I put items in my room?

What is an acceptable Jack’s Journal entry or response to a prompt?

What are Notes to Jack?

How do I respond to letters/Notes to Jack?

WHAT IS ROOM ELEVEN?

Room Eleven is Jack’s room. A non-interactive version of this room is available for non-subscribers. In the subscriber version, there are plenty of things to do, such as update Jack’s Journal, request items be put in your room, make playlists, and engage with mysterious clues lying about.

WHAT IS JACK’S JOURNAL?

Jack’s Journal is updated by subscribers like you as a running narrative of what Jack has been up to in the house, their experience, and their artwork of any medium. You’ll find a form submission in Room Eleven with which to add posts. There’s no guarantee your submission will be posted, but if it’s approved, it’ll be up within the week.

HOW DO I PUT ITEMS IN MY ROOM?

Use the form submission in Room Eleven to tell us all about what the room looks like in your heart. Through any artistic medium, let us inside, and we’ll post original artwork in response, decorating the space for you.

WHAT IS AN ACCEPTABLE JACK’S JOURNAL ENTRY OR RESPONSE TO A PROMPT?

Imagine your response in whatever artistic medium you choose and create that scene or situation or repercussion for what’s being presented in the prompt. It’s good to think about what’s plausible per the situation or character you’re dealing with (but utter nonsense is welcomed as well).  

If you’re unsure what to submit to Jack’s Journal, you can look to the recent posts to remember what’s happened before and how you’ve responded to things in the past. Consider the movie Memento when thinking of your role as Jack and what the previous Jack’s Journal entries mean to you, whether you wrote them or not. These are notes to remind yourself of your own life, use them or ignore them. That’s up to you, but it’s a good place to start.

WHAT ARE NOTES TO JACK?

Located in Room Eleven, and via Instagram, these notes are to inform you (Jack) of events happening in Gray House that may not necessarily warrant a long and narrative blog entry. As a household of time-traveling immortals, things happen quickly. Don’t miss any invitations, apologies, explanations, or death threats.

HOW DO I RESPOND TO LETTERS/NOTES TO JACK?

Like prompts, you’re encouraged to respond to the Notes To Jack (as well as the longer letters found in Room Three), as these are messages ranging in importance from informational only to desperate pleas for help. You can reply by commenting on Instagram or directly emailing a Gray Family member. You can use these messages to start a dialogue with one of us or as inspiration for a piece of art without interacting with us directly at all.

Technical Help


Technical Help


In this section:

What is the layout of Gray House?

How do I text a Gray Family member?

How do I email a Gray Family member?

What if I don’t get a response from a Gray Family member?

What if a Gray Family member isn’t nice to me?

When I text message a Gray Family member via Google Hangouts, who am I talking to really?

How do I listen to Radio Nowhere?

Can my artistic contributions be published on the site?

WHAT IS THE LAYOUT OF GRAY HOUSE?

Check out our site map, available in the Courtyard on 5/8/18.

HOW DO I TEXT A GRAY FAMILY MEMBER?

On your smartphone, go to the app store and download Google Hangouts (available for Android and iOS). For now, this is the preferred platform of Gray House. Open the app, follow the instructions to sign in to your Google account. Touch the green circle with the + inside of it, and then enter the full email address of a Gray Family member (Example: grayhousemain@gmail.com). A list of names will appear. Find the full name of the Gray Family member you’re looking for and touch it. Then, send a message and we’ll receive and accept the request. If we don’t answer right away, we might be busy. You can expect a reply within the hour, if only to raincheck a full conversation for a bit later.

Once you’ve texted one person, the rest will text you a quick hello as to make their chat windows conveniently available to you. Just text just one of us and we’ll put you in contact with everyone else in the same fashion.

Still need some help? Go ahead and email us at grayhousemain@gmail.com and we’ll walk you through it.

HOW DO I EMAIL A GRAY FAMILY MEMBER?

Once you’ve subscribed to the site, you can find all of the Gray Family’s email addresses in Room Three. Using any host, you can email the Gray Family directly, the same way you’d email a “real” person. You can send us anything you like; a love letter, hate mail, some pictures you took, a Spotify playlist, or just pure rambling. It’s best if it’s done in the spirit of pretending that you live here in Gray House with us. Feel free to make up a memory you have of one of us. We’ll remember the same things and write back about them.

Remember: You can’t do this wrong. There is no right way. Be yourself and pretend with us, we’ll catch you if you take this leap with us.

We will consider absolutely everything you send and carefully, responding within 48 hours with something directly inspired by what you sent.

WHAT IF I DON’T GET A RESPONSE FROM A GRAY FAMILY MEMBER?

Whether text or email, sometimes things fall between the cracks. If you haven’t heard back from us in 48 hours, text or email again. If the problem persists, we’re very sorry, but it could mean something dire is happening in Gray House that needs our full attention. In the event that you’re not getting a response due to some error, please text the head of our Public Relations Department (Rosie) directly. Her email address can be found in the Room Three.

WHAT IF A GRAY FAMILY MEMBER ISN’T NICE TO ME?

We have a policy of attempting to be as kind and understanding as is humanly possible without corrupting the purity of a character we’re playing. For instance, if a character is unhappy, they may be short with you. They may even yell at you. However, we don’t tolerate (from ourselves or you) cruelty, discrimination, or bullying of any kind. We will never laugh at you unless you’re laughing too and we expect the same from you.

That being said...

In Gray House, you can expect to be confronted. Good literature and art are created on a foundation of truth that can be incredibly difficult to achieve without bulldozing a mountain of bullshit beforehand. Confrontation is not an argument or an attack no matter how much it can feel like one. We confront behavior, deep issues, and ideas. Not interested? Leave the conversation. But keep in mind that every Gray Family member is willing to talk a subject through to amazing conclusions, and none of us believe in a “agree to disagree,” as that’s not a conclusion but a basic human right.

Yes, we agree to disagree, now let’s figure out the specifics of exactly how we’re both right and agree to agree.

It’s possible to have a negative emotional encounter with a Gray Family member just as it’s possible for us to have one with you. But we’re good people and we assume you are as well. We offer you as much respect as we can muster, being human. We generally think everyone on Earth is just trying their best and hope you feel the same way. That being said, we’re performers. If a Gray Family member rubs you the wrong way, it’s possible there’s a story there. Conflict and confrontation abound in this House for more reasons than exposing buried truths, we want to expose buried stories. The ones lurking behind the fear of looking stupid in all of us.

WHEN I TEXT MESSAGE A GRAY FAMILY MEMBER VIA GOOGLE HANGOUTS, WHO AM I TALKING TO REALLY?

The Gray Family consists of two “real” people, Evelyn Waits and Rosie Room, and they play the rest of the Family. You may speak to several people in a single day, but behind the curtain, it’s just Evelyn and Rosie.

HOW DO I LISTEN TO RADIO NOWHERE?

Every couple of weeks, the Ghost Boy of Gray House hosts a radio show in the Basement. To listen with us live on your laptop or desktop, get your JQBX here, or for mobile, here at the Apple App Store or Google Play. Once you download the app, just search rooms for Radio Nowhere and the number of the episode we're on. Example: Radio Nowhere 17. We password protect our Radio Nowhere shows to ensure only our subscribers have access. The password of the week can be found on the event page for the show. We're not charging you a subscription fee just to play you music, the Ghost Boy performs live in text during the show and he has to eat just like anybody. Or... does he? It's a little unclear how it works to be a ghost, but anyway.

CAN MY ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTIONS BE PUBLISHED ON THE WEBSITE?

Any prompt that you complete (whether email or text message) has the opportunity to be featured on the site in Room Eleven (Your Room). We do this to further the stories going on in Gray House, make emotional connections, and literally live the art we’re creating together by making it our physical history, something we can hold onto forever. Like the time you and Nicholas made a spell to bring all of our dead grandparents to life and we had that zombie tea party. Just for example.

Make sure to specify whether you’re alright with us using your content to fill it up. We’ll just ask if we can put it up in your room and you can tell us yes or no.

As a subscriber, you’re also welcome to send in your own prompts for us to post in Room Eleven, for anyone (including us) to follow. If they’re interesting and relevant, we’ll put them up and follow them ourselves. It’s easy to change the fate of the Family with a few well-chosen words.

Example: I burned down Gray House, which lit half the bayou on fire and we were all taken to prison for arson.

We might all love writing about how we spent the next five years in the clink together. Seriously, it could be fun.

HOW DO GET MY ART TAKEN DOWN FROM THE SITE?

No problem. No questions asked. Just email us at grayhousemain@gmail.com and let us know what it is you want taken down. We don’t want to keep anything up that you feel uncomfortable with, so we’d be happy to remove it as soon as possible.

DO YOU HAVE ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ARTISTS?

Rosie and Evelyn deeply feel the importance of building and supporting artistic communities. If you’re involved with such a community and would like to see the Gray House experiment become a part of that, send us an email about it at grayhousemain@gmail.com.

WHAT IF MY QUESTION IS NOT ON THIS FAQ?

If you have any other questions, please submit them below. This FAQ will be evolving as we need it to, much like anything else on the site. As formats and technology change, we will amend this page to address any issues.