Newman Center executive director Steve Seifert, whod hoped to bring Gray himself to the center prior to his death, first caught the show in a coffeehouse setting in New York. Seifert loved it, and sees it as the next best thing to presenting the artist himself. Because the text is all his, it has this form he invented in full display, he notes. Its extremely personal and epic at same time. Its hilarious, touching, heartbreaking...and hilarious all over again. Staging it in the centers Byron Theatre flexible black box space, he adds, increases the intimacy of the performances.
The Newman Center is at 2344 East Iliff Avenue on the University of Denver campus; for tickets, $35, visit www.newmancenterpresents.com or call 1-800-982-ARTS.
March 11-12, 7:30 p.m., 2011