The 7 PM event will feature celebrated authors reading excerpts from Gray's various monologues. Among those scheduled to take part in the evening include Michael Cunningham ("The Hours"); Jonathan Ames ("Wake Up, Sir!"); Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and satirist Jules Feiffer and his wife, Jenny Allen ("The Long Chalkboard," with Feiffer); poet and Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Muldoon ("Moy Sand and Gravel"); Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife, Grey Gardens); and novelist, essayist and poet Philip Lopate ("Portrait of My Body"). Charles Busch, most recently represented on the New York stage with his play Our Leading Lady, is both a celebrated playwright and performer. His play The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, which began life at the Manhattan Theatre Club, later transferred to Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. He wrote the book for the Broadway mounting of Taboo, and he also penned the screenplays for and starred in the films "Die, Mommie, Die" and "Psycho Beach Party." Busch will join the Off-Broadway cast of Spalding Gray: Stories Left To Tell at the Minetta Lane Theatre May 23 for a limited engagement through June 3.
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