When the New York theatre world last heard from monologuist Spalding Gray, he was appearing as a politician in Ethan McSweeny's well-received revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man on Broadway. After that, he was bringing his latest solo, Morning, Noon and Night, to various venues across the country, though an automobile collision in June put a temporary halt to his traveling. One might assume that Gray, who's spun evening-long monologues about everything from his eye operation (Grey's Anatomy) to his unpublished mega-novel (Monster in a Box), would jump on the opportunity to bring his accident and recovery to theatrical life. And maybe he is, but for now, Gray will instead revisit the piece that first made his name: Swimming to Cambodia.
Penned when Gray was still a relative unknown and later filmed by Jonathan Demme, Cambodia tells of his experiences appearing in a small role in the film, "The Killing Fields." Courtesy of Garage Productions, Gray will offer a "rework in progress" of the monologue Nov. 14-Dec. 12 at Off-Off-Broadway's Performing Garage, home of The Wooster Group, of which Gray is a founding member. Like many Wooster Group workshop offerings, Swimming to Cambodia is open to the public but not open for review. For tickets ($25) and information on Swimming to Cambodia call (212) 966-9796.
—By David Lefkowitz