Described as "an oral diary about living and longing, loving, falling and crawling," Spalding Gray's latest monologue has been receiving a workshop staging at NYC's PS 122, beginning Nov. 3 for seven consecutive Mondays through Dec. 22. Sketches On Morning, Noon And Night covers a day in the Long Island life of Gray and features tales of his family: Kathie, Marissa, Forrest and Theo. According to spokesperson Ron Lasko (of the Zesler Group), "It begins with the sun coming up over the Whaling Church and all that that means and doesn't mean... [Sketches searches for the macrocosm in the microcosm... it's about watching and helping the children grow."
Because Gray has to miss the Dec. 8 show to do a guest shot on TV's "The Nanny," he's added three more performances to the PS 122 gig: Dec. 19-21, all at 9 PM.
"Like all of my monologues," Gray said in a statement, "Morning Noon & Night is being developed with an audience. The monologue starts with a basic outline of topics from my life that I think I want to talk about. It goes on from there eventually refining itself through an organic performance process. I find out what I want to talk about by talking. There is, for me, no other way into it."
Gray has gotten "into it" more than 15 times now, with such works as Monster In A Box, Swimming To Cambodia, Gray's Anatomy and last season's It's A Slippery Slope.
For tickets ($20) and information on Sketches On Morning Noon And Night at PS 122, 150 1st Ave., Nov. 3-Dec. 22, call (212) 477-5288 or check out PS 122's website, http://www.ps122.org.
-- By David Lefkowitz