There is a place in theater for talky received naturalism. A lot of very good actors were trained up in it and are comfortable with it, and their bravura performances often justify what is a high charge-per-minute for a form more gracefully expressed in television and novels.
Ellen Pearlman, who is writing a book on the relationship between Zen Buddhism and the American avant-garde, spoke to Spalding Gray this past summer at his home in the Hamptons.
ACT 1, SCENE 1
Prison cell. Light coming through the bars from the corridor. From time to time, we glimpse a pacing guard.