Stagecraft: David Cale, Author of Harry Clarke


The Stagecraft podcast is hosted by Jan Simpson. It is a series of interviews with playwrights (and musical book writers) of shows opening on Broadway and off-Broadway.


Guest: David Cale
David Cale (Playwright) is the writer and performer of solo works including LILLIAN (Playwrights Horizons, Obie Award), A LIKELY STORY (The New Group), DEEP IN A DREAM OF YOU (The Public Theater, Bessie Award), SMOOCH MUSIC (The Kitchen) and THE REDTHROATS (Second Stage, Performance Space 122, Bessie Award). His work has been presented throughout the U.S. including at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; CTG’s Kirk Douglas Theatre, L.A.; and The Goodman Theatre, Chicago. His monologues have been featured on Public Radio’s “This American Life” and NPR’s “The Next Big Thing,” for which he was a regular contributor, and filmed for the HBO special “Bette Midler’s Mondo Beyondo.” He wrote the book, lyrics, co-composed the music for, and played Floyd in the musical FLOYD AND CLEA UNDER THE WESTERN SKY (Playwrights Horizons, Goodman Theater, Outer Critics Circle Nomination). Other works include BETWIXT (The New Group) and THE BLUE ALBUM (with Dael Orlandersmith). He composed the songs for 600 Highwaymen’s EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR (2016 Under the Radar Festival, Public Theater, Crossing the Line Festival, Bessie Nomination) and has written lyrics for songs sung by artists including Elvis Costello, Debbie Harry and Jimmy Scott. As an actor he appears in films including The Slaughter Rule, Two Lovers and Pollock. His TV credits include “The Good Wife.” He has performed in plays on Broadway and off, most recently in Stew and Heidi Rodewald’s THE TOTAL BENT at The Public Theater.

Harry Clarke at Vineyard Theatre


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JAN SIMPSON is the Director of the Arts and Culture Journalism program at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism, and also writes for TDF Stages, American Theater and has her own blog at Broadway & Me.



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