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Description - Spalding Gray's America by William W. Demastes

Spalding Gray's (1941-2004) career in the theatre spanned one of the most dynamic periods of American history and culture. From the 1960s and into the 21st century, Gray took the stage and mesmerized his audiences with twisted and often hilarious tales about life in America and abroad."Spalding Gray's America" traces Gray's life from his work with the Performance and Wooster Groups to his career as a storyteller famously presenting captivating monologues in his signature plaid shirt while sitting behind a desk on an otherwise bare stage. His monologues include "Sex and Death to the Age 14", "Swimming to Cambodia", "Gray's Anatomy", "Monster in a Box", "It's a Slippery Slope", and "Morning, Noon and Night".Gray's stories provide a quirky, full-color portrait of America in the last half of what has been famously labeled 'the American century'. They are poignant, touching, and often troubling, but they're also vividly insightful and invariably funny.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780879103606
ISBN-10: 0879103604
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Limelight Editions
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Publish Date: 15-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - William W. Demastes

William Demastes (Baton Rouge, LA) has written widely on theatre and drama, including the books Comedy Matters: From Shakespeare to Stoppard, Staging Consciousness; Theatre of Chaos; and Beyond Naturalism. He is a professor of English at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, and knew Spalding Gray for nearly fifteen years. Richard Shechner is editor of The Drama Review and a professor of Performance Studies at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

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