Anatomy of Gray' promises to take audiences on life-affirming journey 

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From that starting place, Leonard chose to set the play in a small Indiana town in the late 1800s and to tell the story through the eyes of a 15-year-old girl who prays for a healer to come. The healer, Dr. Gray, arrives, but only just before a new, mysterious plague begins to spread throughout
the town.

University of Oklahoma School of Drama Chair Tom Huston Orr directs "Anatomy of Gray." He was already a fan of another Leonard play called "The Diviners."

"It's one of my favorite pieces," he said. "It has a very similar style "? all it requires is really good actors and a space. It is the simplest form of storytelling. It's not about sets or props or lights. Although we have chosen to add some more literal elements to this production scenically and lighting-wise, we have not taken away the simplicity."

Orr said he tried to balance the dark tone of "Gray" with enough comedic streaks to offset some of the play's anguish.

 "Jim provides these relief valves with humor, and because you're so on the edge, the humor is explosive," he said. "It is very, very funny. You find yourself needing to laugh. In fact, when you finish the play, you're not crying because you're sad; you're crying because of how beautiful life is. It's a play that reminds you of what's important in life. It's a play that reminds you that the important thing in life is not the goodbye, but what happens before the goodbye." "?Eric Webb

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