CTG artistic director Michael Ritchie announced the change on March 25. The West Coast premiere of Palomino, written, performed and directed by David Cale, will begin previews May 7, open on May 13 and continue to June 6.
Tynan, the play about critic Kenneth Tynan, which was to feature Malcolm McDowell, has been postponed due to conflicts with McDowell's schedule.
"We remain excited about presenting this play with Malcolm and expect to find a time to present it in an upcoming season," Ritchie said in a statement. "David Cale is a world-class artist and an exceptional raconteur. I'm a huge fan of his work and very pleased that we can present his newest piece here at the Douglas."
In his play Palomino, according to CTG, "Cale portrays seven people in a sensuous tale that follows Kieren McGrath, a beautiful, literate, and mysterious Irish Central Park carriage driver. Kieren dreams of writing a book, and when the opportunity to become an escort to rich, lonely women in New York City comes up, he's found his subject. Or has he?"
Cale is best known for his solo works A Likely Story, Deep in a Dream of You, Smooch Music, The Redthroats (which was presented by CTG in the 1988 Taper, Too season), and the Obie Award‐winning Lillian. His monologues have been featured on Public Radio's "This American Life" and NPR's "The Next Big Thing." His musical, Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky, for which he wrote the book, lyrics, co-composed the music and played Floyd, received an Outer Critics Circle nomination for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical. As a lyricist, his words have been sung by Elvis Costello, Deborah Harry and the Jazz Passengers. As an actor, he performed on Broadway in The Threepenny Opera and most recently starred in the Off-Broadway production of Mouth to Mouth by The New Group. He has appeared in films including "Two Lovers," "Pollock" and most notably, played the homeless drifter Studebaker in "The Slaughter Rule," opposite David Morse and Ryan Gosling. The creative team includes scenic designer Takeshi Kata, costume designer Laura Bauer, lighting designer Beverly Emmons, sound designer Andre Pluess and projection designer Jason H. Thompson. The production stage manager is William Joseph Barnes.
Palomino was commissioned by the Long Wharf Theatre and had its world premiere at Kansas City Repertory Theatre in October 2009. Palomino was developed, in part, with the assistance of The Sundance Institute Theatre Program.
Tickets for Palomino are on sale now and available by calling (213) 628-2772, online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org/Palomino, in person at the Center Theatre Group box office at the Ahmanson Theatre or two hours prior to performances at the Kirk Douglas Theatre box office.
Current ticketholders for Tynan will be able to use the same tickets for Palomino.
The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232.