Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell to Make Boston Premiere

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Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art will present Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell beginning Feb. 26.

The limited Boston engagement marks the regional premiere of the work that enjoyed a celebrated run Off-Broadway in 2007. Lucy Sexton again directs the collection of Gray's well-known and unpublished work that was conceived by Gray's widow Kathleen Russo. Stories Left to Tell plays a limited run through March 1.

The cast of Stories Left to Tell includes Josh Lefkowitz, Ain Gordon, Hazelle Goodman and David Cale. Guest performers feature Claire Messud, Buddy Cianci and Christopher Lydon.

Press notes for the 90-minute piece state, Stories Left to Tell "brings together excerpts from both renowned and never-before-seen works that span the artist’s extraordinary career and life, which ended when he committed suicide in 2004. The five-person cast brings an intense focus to the words, exploring his singular, and often incredibly humorous, quest for self-understanding."

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.

Tickets, priced $20, are available by phoning (617) 478-3103 or by visiting ICABoston. The ICA is located at 100 Northern Avenue on the Boston Waterfront.

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