By Robert Simonson
08 Nov 1999
Spalding Gray's latest solo piece, Morning, Noon and Night, will open at Lincoln Center Theater's Vivian Beaumont (after previews from Oct. 31) on Nov. 8. The piece will play on Marie Christine's off-nights, Sunday and Monday evenings.
Morning, Noon And Night covers the Long Island life of Gray and features tales of his family: Kathie, Marissa, Forrest and Theo. In the storytelling tradition of Joyce's "Ulysses," the monologue covers the events of one day in Gray's life while he searches for meaning and substance in his existence's traditional structure.
The monologue picks up where Gray's It's a Slippery Slope left off; in that play, Gray abandoning his longtime girlfriend, Renee (familiar to audiences from a decade's worth of Gray performances) for a younger woman who was carrying his child.
Gray started as an actor in Richard Schechner's Performance Group in the late '60s. In the late '70s, an off-shoot company was formed by Elizabeth LeCompte and other members of The Performance Group, entitled The Wooster Group. Gray went along with LeCompte, and together the two worked with Gray's natural storytelling technique to create numerous pieces, including Sex and Death to the Age 14. After completing their Rhode Island Trilogy, Gray began to tour his solo pieces away from the group's influence, going on to do such shows as Swimming to Cambodia, Gray's Anatomy, Monster in a Box, and It's a Slippery Slope. Gray's Anatomy, Cambodia and Monster have all been made into feature films, starring Gray.
Other LCT productions currently playing include the above-mentioned Michael John LaChiusa musical Marie Christine and the hit Susan Stroman-John Weidman "dance-play" Contact.
Tickets for any of Lincoln Center Theatre's shows are available through Tele Charge at (212) 239-6200.