In 1983 Spalding Gray played in the movie "The Killing Fields" — and, being Spalding Gray, he later wrote a long dramatic monologue that wandered among his experiences making the film, his memories of the Vietnam Era, and his life in New York in the 1980's. "Swimming to Cambodia" was a great success in numerous venues (including Rochester's Pyramid Arts Center, where Gray performed it in 1990) and was made into a movie itself (with Gray) in 1987. It may be difficult to separate Spalding Gray from this work, but local actor Justin Rielly gave "Swimming to Cambodia" a try last fall in a staged reading at the Rochester Fringe Festival, with great success; he's bringing it back to MuCCC this weekend for another look. After the Friday night performance, MuCCC hosts a discussion with Gray's widow, Kathleen Russo.
Aspie Works presents "Swimming to Cambodia" on Friday, December 18, and Saturday, December 19, at MuCCC, 142 Atlantic Avenue. 8 p.m. both nights. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. muccc.org.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article has been updated to correct the date of the after-show talk-back with Kathleen Russo.