The entire run of Spalding Gray's latest solo piece, Black Spot, at P.S. 122 this fall, has been canceled. The famous, and famously neurotic, monologuist has checked into a mental hospital, the New York Post reported.
According to the Post's account, Gray was found near his Sag Harbor, Long Island, home contemplating a jump from a local bridge. The police and his wife, Kathy Russo, talked him down. Russo told the Post that Gray has been suffering from depression since a 2001 head-on collision in Ireland.
Ironically, Black Spot centers on the crash. Gray was celebrating his 60th birthday when traveling in Ireland last year. According to press materials, the crash happened on the day after the longest day of the year. The monologue also features bits on Irish culture, socialized medicine, a further operation in the U.S. and Gray's family's move into a bigger house—scheduled moving day: Sept. 11, 2001.
It was to have run Mondays Oct. 7-Dec. 30.
—By Robert Simonson