A Spalding Gray Matter to World Premiere May 27

News   A Spalding Gray Matter to World Premiere May 27 A new play exploring the life and death of famed monologist Spalding Gray will world premiere May 27-June 11 at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center's Flamboyan Theatre.

Entitled A Spalding Gray Matter, the work will be performed by its author, Michael Brandt. Presented by Breedingground Productions, the play "explores the curious story of Spalding Gray's illness, disappearance, and assumed suicide through the eerily parallel events of the author's own experience." Playwright Brandt will use the theatrical structure that the late Gray used in his evenings of monologues. Michael Brandt has appeared in regional productions of Henry IV and Mr. Roberts. His plays include Footprints in the Snow, Survival Waltz and Merely Players as well as the short film "Everyday Things." His screen credits include "Tumbling After" and "Guiding Light."

Spalding Gray won an Obie Award for Swimming to Cambodia and filmed the monologue with director Jonathan Demme. Other works include Morning, Noon and Night; Monster in a Box; Gray's Anatomy; and It's a Slippery Slope. He performed on Broadway in Our Town and Gore Vidal's The Best Man. After a series of bouts with depression, Gray took his own life in 2004 by jumping from the Staten Island Ferry into the waters of New York Harbor.

A Spalding Gray Matter will be presented May 27, June 3 and 10 at 7:30 PM, May 29 and June 5 at 1:30 PM and June 11 at 3 PM. CSV Cultural Center is located at 107 Suffolk Street at Rivington. Tickets, priced at $10, are available by calling (347) 683-7698. For more information visit www.breedingground.com.