Who Killed Spalding Gray? by Daniel MacIvor
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From renowned playwright Daniel MacIvor comes a moving and darkly comedic solo performance about truth, lies, life, and death.
On the weekend of January 10, 2004, American monologist Spalding Gray killed himself by jumping off the Staten Island Ferry in New York City. That same weekend, Daniel MacIvor was in California, visiting a psychic surgeon who offered to save his life by removing a spiritual entity that had attached to him. But what if Spalding’s death had something to do with Daniel’s entity? Linking these two true parallel stories is fiction derived from Gray’s obsessions and MacIvor’s inventions about a man named Howard who had forgotten how to live.
“Trying to follow this path of truth, untruth and whatever lies between, the mind after a while reels, kind of like when you start imagining multiple universes. Few could package it all into an accessible and pleasing performance, one which even includes a goofy little solo dance, but MacIvor does. And that you can take as gospel.” —Patrick Langston, Ottawa Citizen
“It’s hard not to get swept up in his message that life is what you make it, but it’s sad when some can no longer take it.” —Stephen Cooke, Chronicle Herald
Year Printed: 2017
First Produced: Presented by reWork and Canadian Stage at the Berkeley Street Downstairs Theatre in Toronto from Nov. 30 - Dec. 11, 2016
Male Cast: 1