We're Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time

Sept 15 - Oct 21, 2018 In the Albert
Approximate running time: 90 minutes, no intermission

  • "Deeply personal, indisputably courageous." – Chicago Tribune

A musical memoir of hope, family and transcendence.

Growing up in an industrial English town, writer/performer David Cale escaped his parents’ fraught marriage by singing in his bedroom and tending to birds in the animal hospital he built in a garden shed—until a tragedy changed everything. Lushly arranged songs and an intimate portrait of his mother—a charismatic woman trapped by her circumstances—unite in Cale’s vivid testament of connecting to life when adversity is suddenly everywhere. With his “singular fusion of theater and performance art” (Chicago Tribune), Cale makes “reality and fantasy dissolve into stories as memorable as one's most vivid dreams” (The New York Times).

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Photos

  • Playwright and performer David Cale in his world premiere solo musical memoir "We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time", directed by Robert Falls. Photo by Liz Lauren.


  • Playwright and performer David Cale in his world premiere solo musical memoir "We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time", directed by Robert Falls. Photo by Liz Lauren.


  • Playwright and performer David Cale in his world premiere solo musical memoir "We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time", directed by Robert Falls. Photo by Liz Lauren.


  • Playwright and performer David Cale in his world premiere solo musical memoir "We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time", directed by Robert Falls. Photo by Liz Lauren.


  • David Cale (Floyd), Faryl Millet (Clea), Malcom Ruhl (musician), Dylan Schiavone (musician) and Jon Spiegel (musician) in 2005’s “Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky,” directed by Michael Wilson. Photo by Liz Lauren.


  • David Cale in 1991’s “Deep Dream of You,” directed by David Petrarca. Photo by Erik Y. Exit.


  • David Cale (Lillian) in 1997’s “Lillian,” directed by Joe Mantello. Photo by Liz Lauren.

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OnStage+

Homeward Bound: Writer and Performer David Cale Dares to Look Back

"The past beats inside me like a second heart," says Max Morden, the middle-aged widower in The Sea, a novel by Irish author John Banville. Chances are, we all feel that pulse from time to time. Sometimes it floods us with happy memories.

Swelling Sounds: Meet Music Arranger Matthew Dean Marsh

"As I sing [it's as if] birds are flying out of me. They infuse the orchestra with energy." In We're Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time, David Cale describes his experiences as a nascent entertainer.

Three Decades of David Cale

Thirty years following his Goodman Theatre debut, David Cale-"a spellbinding storyteller and veteran solo artist who's made his name performing his own character studies" ( The Los Angeles Times) reveals the latest in his long line of theatrical triumphs.

Press & Reviews

David Cale Reaches New Heights in Autobiographical We're Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time | Playbill

David Cale Reaches New Heights in Autobiographical Interview We're Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time The author of Drama Desk-winning Harry Clarke discusses his latest work at Chicago's Goodman Theatre beginning September 15. "The past beats inside me like a second heart," says Max Morden, the middle-aged widower in The Sea, a novel by Irish author, John Banville.

David Cale unearths tragedy, secrets in 'Short Time' - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times

Imagine the worst thing that could possibly happen to you as a child. Now, imagine something worse. For groundbreaking multi-hyphenate David Cale ( singer-composer-actor-writer ), there's no imagine in the exercise. Growing up in one of England's most crime-plagued towns, his childhood would be dismissed as an exploitive, Dickensian knockoff were it the stuff of fiction.

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 Touch Tour and  Audio-Described Performance
Saturday, October 13, 2018 | 12:30pm Touch Tour, 2pm Performance

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 American Sign Language Interpreted Performance: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 7:30pm

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 Open Captioned Performance: Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 2pm

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