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“the kind of work nobody else in Milwaukee does”

The company does the kind of work nobody else in Milwaukee does…the kind of unique approach that makes them such a vital and valued member of the world of theater in Milwaukee.

“material this good and delivered this well”

… a stirring defense of poesy and of collaborative artistic productions, which join artist and audience and transform every monologue into a conversation – of the sort that material this good and delivered this well is bound to sustain, long after the lights come down and we walk back out into the night, no longer alone.

“one of the best things staged all season”

Given that it’s covering birth, death and everything in between, it feels as though Theatre Gigante really is putting everything onstage . . . an entire, self-contained reality onstage for roughly one hour’s time … one of the best things to get staged all season.


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Real life has always let me down. That’s why I do the monologues. I have always said I would rather tell a life than live a life. But I have to live a life in order to tell one.                                                          –Spalding Gray

THEATRE GIGANTE opens its 31st Season with the telling of the life of Spalding Gray, in his words. SPALDING GRAY: STORIES LEFT TO TELL is a delightful, moving tribute to the life and work of this acclaimed and groundbreaking writer/monologist/actor.

Consisting of material from Gray’s journals, monologues and letters, this revealing homage, put together by his widow Kathleen Russo and director Lucy Sexton, is divided into five voices: Journals, Adventure, Love, Family, and Career – in the words of Russo, ‘the five things most important to Spalding.’

In this production, Journals will be played by DEBORAH CLIFTON, Adventure by MARK ANDERSON, Love by ISABELLE KRALJ, Family by JOHN KISHLINE and Career by JILL ANNA PONASIK.

SPALDING GRAY: STORIES LEFT TO TELL premiered Off Broadway in New York City to critical acclaim, in the year 2007. When it closed later that year, Theatre Gigante received the rights to perform it. It is with great pleasure that Gigante Artistic Directors Kralj & Anderson open Gigante’s 31st Season with this exquisite found poetry, reshaped into a poignant and heart warming new theatrical piece.

SPALDING GRAY: STORIES LEFT TO TELL
Words by Spalding Gray
Concept by Kathleen Russo & Lucy Sexton
Directed by Isabelle Kralj & Mark Anderson
Scenic Design by Ron Scott Fry
Lighting Design by Rick Graham

KENILWORTH 508 THEATRE
1925 E Kenilworth Place, on Milwaukee’s East Side

PERFORMANCE DETAILS
One weekend only!
November 15 7:30pm w/post-show reception
November 16 7:30pm post-show talkback
November 17 7:30pm
November 18 2:00pm post-show talkback

Tickets: $25 General; $20 Senior; $15 Student
Brown Paper Tickets
1.800.838.3006

gigantespalding.brownpapertickets.com

Poster design by Todd Brei

THIS PRODUCTION IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY
Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, UPAF, and Milwaukee County CAMPAC.

For more information on Theatre Gigante’s 31st Season, follow this link.