Living Gallery: David Cale

Apr. 16, 7:00 pm7:30 pm



David Cale will present a selection of new works including the song, “Georgia O’Keeffe”; the monologue “Ellie”, a portrait of an unstable actress who seeks revenge on a famous co-star she once appeared in a play with, who she felt subsequently undermined and de-railed her career; and the poem, “The Day I Got Older”.

About David Cale

David Cale is the writer and performer of solo shows including “The History of Kisses”, “Palomino”, “Lillian” (Obie Award), “Deep in a Dream of You” (Bessie Award), “Smooch Music” and “The Redthroats” (Bessie Award). He wrote the book, lyrics, co-composed the music for and starred in the musical “Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky” (Outer Critics Circle Award Nomination). In collaboration with Dael Orlandersmith, he co-wrote and co-performed, “The Blue Album”. He wrote and narrated the text for choreographer Charles Moulton’s dance, “Chickens”, performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project. Cale’s lyrics have been sung by many artists including Debbie Harry, Jimmy Scott and Elvis Costello. He performed in Stew and Heidi Rodewald’s “The Total Bent”, and appears in films including “Light From Light” and “The Slaughter Rule”. Cale’s recent credits include writing the solo play “Harry Clarke”, starring Billy Crudup, (2018 Lucille Lortel Award) and his solo musical memoir “We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time”, for which he wrote the book, lyrics, co-composed the music with Matthew Dean Marsh, and starred (2019 Jeff Award, 2020 Lucille Lortel Award Nomination, 2020 Drama Desk Award Nomination, 2020 Outer Critics Circle Award, and a 2020 Obie Award).

Living Gallery, curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa and normally produced in the Gibney Gallery, presents live performance of storytelling, monologues, spoken word, stand-up, or creative talks. Each performance – free and open to the public – runs 30-45 minutes, traditionally scheduled within the hour before a dance concert presented in Gibney’s Theater. Due to COVID-19, Living Galleries for the fall season will happen on Zoom.

All Winter & Spring 2021 Season events will be held online via Zoom. Gibney’s Box Office can be reached via email. For ticketing inquiries or requests, please email Marketing & Audience Services Manager, Kimiko Tanabe, at

Gibney encourages people with disabilities to attend online offerings, and we welcome the opportunity to make this event more accessible. If you have any questions or access needs, please email us at or call us at 212-677-8560 (voice only) at least 24 hours in advance of the event you plan to attend. If you are hoping to attend an event and would like us to engage the services of an ASL interpreter or audio descriptor, please let us know with as much notice as possible, and we’ll do our best to make it happen.

Photo by Albie Mitchell.