Floyd and Clea, Opening Dec. 5, Sing Under the Western Sky — in NYC | Playbill

News Floyd and Clea, Opening Dec. 5, Sing Under the Western Sky — in NYC
David Cale and Jonathan Kreisberg's two-actor musical, Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky, charting the relationship between two singers, opens Dec. 5 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage.
David Cale in Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky.
David Cale in Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky. Photo by Joan Marcus

Writer Cale and Mary Faber play the title roles in the New York City premiere of the musical, which began previews Nov. 10. Performances continue to Dec. 17.

Floyd and Clea was previously seen at Hartford Stage and The Goodman Theatre.

Faber was the recent Kate Monster and Lucy T. Slut in Broadway's Avenue Q. Cale is an Obie Award-winning actor. Composer Jonathan Kreisberg is also known as a jazz guitarist.

"It's a freewheeling musical journey from Montana to Austin (with a side trip to Hollywood) when a burnt out former Country & Western star (Cale) joins forces with a 20-year-old free spirit with an electrifying voice (Faber)," according to Playwrights Horizons. "Their meeting and unlikely friendship, and the musical partnership that arises from it, form a tale of sweet heartbreak — a parable about finding the strength, against all odds, to keep on keepin' on."

Floyd and Clea has book and lyrics by David Cale (of the recent The Threepenny Opera on Broadway, and author/actor of Lillian at Playwrights Horizons) and music by Cale and Kreisberg. The work is directed by Lortel Award winner (and Helen Hayes Award winner) Joe Calarco, known for Shakespeare's R&J.

The production features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Anne Kennedy, lighting design by Tony Award winner Chris Lee, sound design by Ken Travis and music direction and orchestrations by Jonathan Kreisberg. Production stage manager is Emily Wells.

Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater is at 416 W. 42nd Street.


Cale previously appeared at Playwrights Horizons in his solo show, Lillian, for which he received an Obie Award. His other solos include A Likely Story, Deep in a Dream of You (Bessie Award), Smooch Music, and The Redthroats (Bessie Award). His monologues have been featured on NPR's "This American Life," "The Next Big Thing" and the HBO Special, Bette Midler's "The Mondo Beyondo Show." He is the author of the plays Betwixt and Nightwear.

Mary Faber made her Broadway debut as Kate Monster and Lucy T. Slut in Avenue Q. Off-Broadway she appeared in Slut (ATA), Junie B. Jones (Lucille Lortel) and The Tutor (York Theatre), as well as in concerts of Hair and Chess for The Actors' Fund. Her regional work includes Princesses (Fifth Avenue Theatre, Goodspeed Opera House), Feeling Electric (Village Theatre) and A Christmas Carol (Virginia Stage Co.).

The performance schedule for Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky are Tuesdays through Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2:30 & 8 PM and Sundays at 2:30 & 7:30 PM. Tickets are $65.

For more information, visit www.playwrightshorizons.org.


Playwrights Horizons is under the leadership of artistic director Tim Sanford and managing director Leslie Marcus. It's "a writer's theatre dedicated to the support and development of contemporary American playwrights, composers and lyricists, and to the production of their new work."

David Cale and Mary Faber in <i>Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky</i>.
David Cale and Mary Faber in Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky. Photo by Joan Marcus

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