Palomino: David Cale's Acclaimed Show About a Central Park Carriage Driver
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If you enjoy an evening sitting with friends who tell an interesting story from many different points of view, you're going to love this. Cale is a very able performer, but an even more able writer and director. This story unfolds in delightful and surprising ways. You'll laugh, you'll think, you'll have a good time.
Quotes & Highlights
- “Fascinating as he is to watch, and exquisite as his verbal imagery can be, it is Cale’s gifts as a storyteller that hold an audience rapt.” --San Francisco Chronicle
- "Exquisitely moving...deeply satisfying." --Variety
- “GO! The piece constantly evokes the knot of romance and lust and commerce that are infinitely fascinating and impossible to untangle.” --LA Weekly
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In Palomino, a beautifully-realized play written for one actor, Cale inhabits seven different characters of both genders to tell the story of Kieren McGrath, a handsome, literate, Central Park carriage driver who dreams of writing a great novel. When he is offered the opportunity to become an escort to a number of lonely, wealthy women, he believes he has finally found his subject. Or has he? As McGrath shares his sexual conquests and introduces the women he has met, seduced, and profited from, the theme of bartering for love takes on new meaning.
Palomino received its world premiere in 2009 at Kansas City Repertory Theatre after undergoing development at the Sundance Theatre Lab, where Cale was writer-in-residence.
David Cale is best known for his solo works Somebody Else’s House, Deep in a Dream of You, Smooch Music, The Redthroats, and the OBIE-winning Lillian. As an actor, he appeared opposite Ryan Gosling and David Morse in the film The Slaughter Rule, on Broadway in The Threepenny Opera, and most recently Off-Broadway in Mouth to Mouth, and he will appear with Bernadette Peters in the upcoming film Coming Up Roses.
As a writer, Cale’s monologues have been featured on Public Radio’s This American Life and NPR’s The Next Big Thing. He penned the book, lyrics, and co-composed music for the musical Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky, which received an Outer Critics Circle Nomination for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical. Cale was also featured in the production as a performer. Additionally, Cale was one of the writers for Motherhood Out Loud, which ran at Hartford Stage, and penned scripts for several dances, including the text (and narration) for Chickens, which was choreographed by Charles Moulton and performed by Mikhael Baryshnikov’sWhite Oak Dance Project.
As a lyricist, Cale’s words have been performed by Elvis Costello, Deborah Harry, The Jazz Passengers, Richard Butler of The Psychedelic Furs, performance artist John Kelly, and jazz singer Jimmy Scott, among others. His songs have been featured on the soundtracks of several films, including Robert Altman’s Short Cuts.