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Running Time: 1 Hour and 30 Minutes
Members and Partners: $20Non-Members: $25 + fees
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Photo by Craig Schwartz
David Cale gives words to escaping the volatility of his parents’ marriage by singing Petula Clark songs, by tending to the tropical birds in the Bird and Animal Hospital he built in a garden shed, by embodying vivid memories and by learning to live when death is suddenly everywhere.
Weaving together family portraits, narrative storytelling and original songs lushly arranged by Matthew Dean Marsh, Cale tells his harrowing autobiographical story of growing up in an industrial English town with an intimate authenticity and lays bare the violent act which changed everything and the surreality of being propelled out.
David Cale is the writer and performer of solo works including the Obie Award winning Lillian (Playwrights Horizons), Deep in a Dream of You (The Public Theater, Bessie Award). He wrote the book, lyrics, co-composed the music for, and starred in the musical Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky (Playwrights Horizons, Goodman Theatre, Outer Critics Circle Nomination). Acting credits include The Total Bent (Public). His new solo work Harry Clarke starring Billy Crudup premieres this Fall at the Vineyard Theatre.
WE'RE ONLY ALIVE FOR A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME was developed, in part, at SPACE on Ryder Farm and developed, in part, at a retreat at the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, Weston, Vermont.
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Written and Performed by David Cale
Songs by David Cale
Arranged by Matthew Dean Marsh
Directed by Tony Speciale
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