David Cale, Composer, Playwright - We're Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time | Goodman Theatre

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David Cale, Composer, Playwright - We're Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time
David Cale, Composer, Playwright - We're Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time

DAVID CALE (Composer and performer, We Are Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time) previously appeared at the Goodman in the premiere of his musical Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky, for which he wrote the book, lyrics, co-composed the music and played Floyd. The work was also commissioned by the Goodman. Cale’s additional Goodman shows include the premieres of the solos Lillian, Somebody Else’s House (Goodman commission), Deep in a Dream of You (Goodman commission), Smooch Music and The RedthroatsFloyd and Clea Under the Western Sky went on to a run in New York at Playwrights Horizons receiving an Outer Critics Circle Nomination for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical.  Lillian also ran at Playwrights Horizons, receiving an Obie Award, and Deep in a Dream of You ran at The Public Theater, receiving a Bessie Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement. Lillian was recorded live at the Goodman Studio Theatre for National Public Radio’s This American Life. Cale’s other solo shows include A Likely Story, Palomino and The History of Kisses. His duet works include Betwixt and The Blue Album (with Dael Orlandersmith). He composed the songs for 600 Highwaymen’s Employee of the Year (2016 Under the Radar Festival at The Public Theater, Bessie Award nomination) and has written lyrics for songs sung by artists including Debbie Harry and Elvis Costello. A show of his songs Songs for Charming Strangers, performed in collaboration with Matthew Dean Marsh, is ongoing.  As an actor, Cale’s film and television credits include The Slaughter Rule, Two Lovers, Pollock and The Good Wife. He has performed in plays on Broadway and off, most recently The Total Bent at The Public Theater. His new solo work Harry Clarke premieres in November off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre.