Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell to Play Off-Broadway's Minetta Lane; Chalfant to Star

News   Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell to Play Off-Broadway's Minetta Lane; Chalfant to Star Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell, which interweaves the late actor-writer's monologues and stories with unpublished letters and journal entries, will begin previews at the Minetta Lane Theatre Feb. 20.
Kathleen Chalfant
Kathleen Chalfant

Presented by Eric Falkenstein, Michael Alden and Naked Angels, the production will officially open March 6. An ensemble cast of five — including Kathleen Chalfant, Hazelle Goodman and Ain Gordon — will perform the new work, which was co-created by Gray's widow, Kathleen Russo, and Lucy Sexton. The remainder of the cast will be announced shortly. Stories to Tell, according to press notes, "unfolds chronologically, from recollections of childhood swimming trips with his mother (who also committed suicide) and tales of awkward adolescent sexual encounters, to the joy Gray took in being a father himself." The production will include diary extracts as well as excerpts from Sex and Death to Age 14; Terrors of Pleasure; Swimming to Cambodia; Impossible Vacation; Gray's Anatomy; Monster in a Box; It's a Slippery Slope; Morning, Noon and Night; and Life Interrupted.

Previously titled Leftover Stories to Tell, the work played UCLA's Freud Playhouse in June 2006 with a cast headed by Teri Garr, John C. Reilly, Tony Shalhoub and Frances Conroy.

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.

Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell will play Tuesdays-Sundays at 8 PM with matinees Saturdays and Sundays at 3 PM. The Minetta Lane Theatre is located in Manhattan at 18 Minetta Lane, just off Sixth Avenue.

Ticket information will be announced shortly.