Grey, Dukakis, Etc. Take Part in Spalding Gray Celebration
Leftover Stories to Tell is a bicoastal co-production at the center of a series of events celebrating the life and writing of Spalding Gray, timed to coincide with what would have been his 65th birthday. Created and co-directed by his widow Kathleen Russo and Lucy Sexton, the program is crafted from excerpts of both his classic work as well as previously unpublished writing and will be performed by renowned actors and authors at Performance Space 122 in New York from May 31-June 4. The core cast is James Urbaniak, Bob Holman, Ain Gordon, Jonathan Ames, Hazelle Goodman and with celebrity guest performers Olympia Dukakis (Wednesday, May 31), Debra Winger and David Straithairn (Thursday, June 1) and Joel Grey (Sunday, June 4). Celebrities to be confirmed include Aidan Quinn, Steve Buscemi and Cynthia Nixon. "When Spalding Gray succumbed to depression and took his life in the winter of 2004, he left behind a loving family, a legion of devoted fans and an enormous body of work. Leftover Stories to Tell charts a uniquely personal journey through Spalding's inimitable perspective and voice, featuring excerpts from his hilarious monologues juxtaposed with journal entries, poems, and other unpublished and previously unperformed writing," state press notes. "It is only fitting that Performance Space 122 is co-presenting Leftover Stories to Tell and his eponymous award; Spalding long considered P.S. 122 a creative home-base, and it is still home to his signature desk," said Vallejo Gantner, Artistic Director of P.S. 122. Gray developed and created Morning, Noon and Night, Gray on Gray, and Interviewing the Audience at P.S. 122, where he was working on Life Interrupted at the time of his death. Adding to the commemorative events in Gray's honor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has declared June 5th (Gray's birthday) "Spalding Gray Day" in New York City. Leftover Stories to Tell is a co-production by Performance Space 122, Washington Square Arts and UCLA Live. Leftover Stories to Tell performs from Wednesday, May 31- Sunday, June 4 at 8:00 p.m.; at P.S.122 (150 First Avenue at E. 9th Street). Tickets are $50 and may be purchased by calling Theatermania at 212-352-3101 or online at www.theatermania.com. For information call P.S.122 at 212-477-5288 or visit www.ps122.org .
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