On July 27, 2001, this reporter wrote in the weekly Playbill On Line column, "Theatre Week in Review": "A car accident in Ireland forced monologuist Spalding Gray to cancel an Aug. 5 performance of Morning, Noon and Night at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, MA. Gray was vacationing in Ireland with his wife when he was injured in a head-on automobile collision. Gray checked into a Dublin hospital with a fractured pelvis and a fractured eye orbit. Weirdly, Gray's 1996 monologue Gray's Anatomy concerned the author's search for a cure for an eye condition. Call it life imitating art imitating life. That next monologue should be a doozy."
Well, don't say we didn't tell you. Gray will debut his latest solo piece, Black Spot—about the accident in Ireland—at P.S. 122 this fall. The show is a work-in-progress and will run Mondays Oct. 7 through Dec. 30.
Gray was celebrating his 60th birthday when traveling in Ireland. According to press materials, the crash happened on the day after the longest day of the year. The monologue will also feature 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.
The P.S. 122 2002-03 season also includes new works by playwright Richard Maxwell and Mac Wellman and performer Juliana Francis.
For more information, call (212) 477-5288. —By Robert Simonson