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This interview was originally recorded in Sept 2011 for Vaudevisuals.com.
I first met David Cale in 1982 performing at the Westbeth Theater Center’s Monday night show. He has gone into creating a diverse career for himself by writing and performing, singing and directing. I wanted to ask him about his work and what he is doing at this time in his life. Here is the video interview as he answers those questions.
“ONE OF THE MOST EXHILARATING
THEATRE TRIUMPHS OF THE YEAR!”– THE OBSERVER
“David Cale…is a spellbinder. 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.” Steven Winn/San Francisco Chronicle
Karen Jenson interviews playwright Brendon Cole and director Michael Di Jiacomo of “Imperfect Love” at The Connelly Theater. Closes Sunday 2/18/18.
IMPERFECT LOVE is a story of love and betrayal, set just over 100 years ago, between the actress Eleonora Della Rosa, and her playwright lover Gabriele Torrisi. (Inspired by the real-life relationship between the great Eleanora Duse and the poet D’Annunzio). It’s a story set at the turning of an epoch, and the turning of two styles of theater: the more visceral and emotional style that Eleonora and Torrisi are exemplars of, and the ‘new’ psychological style epitomized by Nordic writers like Ibsen and Strindberg. Our characters Eleonora and Torrisi are both vulnerable and aware that their day may have passed, and along with it, their love. Should Torrisi abandon Eleonora and strike out for a collaboration with her arch-rival, the Parisian Sarah Bernhardt? Should Eleonora withdraw her support (and love?) from the possibly outmoded Torrisi and try to work with up-and-coming Ibsen? In the middle of all this is the classically trained leading-man Domenica, who doesn’t know which way to turn in his professional life, or in the tangled world of his emotional allegiances. One other delight of the play is how the traditional clowns Beppo and Marco not only comment on the action in a comical and human way, but how they themselves also embody the conflicting epochs – the rambunctious farce of the Commedia dell’Arte, set against a premonition, a whiff of the bold futurism of a Beckett or a Pirandello, a modernism that will eventually make all earlier styles redundant. In the end, matters of theater and matters of the heart come together in a climax both affirming and bitter-sweet. The play’s the thing. At least, until the curtain falls.
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The New York Theatre Workshop was packed ‘wall-to-wall’ with boxes and other storage unit items. I had read about “The Object Lesson” when Geoff Sobelle had performed it at BAM a few years ago, and the reviewer’s description of it resonated with me until today.
The interview was originally posted on:
Geoff Sobelle’s new show HOME opens tonight at the
Harvey Theatre/BAM – Wed 12/6
Radio Vaudeville had a chance to talk with Octtavio and Naomi Gesmundo (Mr. & Mrs. G) at their apartment on Chrystie St, in NYC. Currently performing at The Box. But always traveling with their act on tour. Octtavio talks about the act, the great time they have performing and where they have been lately.
Check out their amazing website!