Public Theater presents David Cale's We're Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time

The New York premiere of Cale's musical memoir will run at the Public Theater from June 13 to July 14, 2019.

David Cale in We're Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time

The Public Theater has added the New York premiere of David Cale's musical memoir We're Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time, written and performed by Cale and directed by Robert Falls, to its current 2018-2019 off-Broadway season.

Previews are scheduled to begin at the Public's Anspacher Theater on June 13, 2019, ahead of an official opening on June 27 and a limited engagement through to July 14, 2019.

Mr. Cale commented: “I’m deeply thrilled to bring my most personal, and I think, artistically ambitious show, We’re Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time, home to New York City. It was my dream early on in the writing and composing of the show that it would live in the Anspacher at The Public Theater, where I’ve had such spiritually stirring experiences, and the fact that is happening makes me profoundly happy.”

Synopsis: "Growing up, writer/performer David Cale escaped his parents’ fraught marriage by singing in his bedroom and tending to birds in his backyard animal hospital. Lush songs, featuring a six-piece orchestra, and an intimate portrait of his mother unite in Cale’s vivid musical memoir of hope, family, and transcendence."

The production features music by David Cale and Matthew Dean Marsh, lyrics by Cale and arrangements & music direction by Marsh, as well as scenic design by Kevin Depinet, costume design by Paul Marlow, lighting design by Jennifer Tipton, and sound design by Mikhail Fiksel.

David Cale has previously appeared at the Public Theater in Deep in a Dream of You and The Total Bent. His Broadway credits include the 2006 revival of The Threepenny Opera and 1996 revival of Present Laughter and he has worked regularly as an actor and writer off-Broadway since 1987.

We’re Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time is co-produced off-Broadway by the Public Theater and Goodman Theatre.

(Photo by Liz Lauren)