The Flynn Presents

We’re Only Alive For A Short Amount Of Time

written and performed by David Cale
with Matthew Dean Marsh on piano
Flynn Space

About the Performance

  • We're Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time
    • written and performed by David Cale
    • with Matthew Dean Marsh on piano
    • lyrics by David Cale
    • music by David Cale and Matthew Dean Marsh
    • musical underscoring composed by Matthew Dean Marsh

A musical memoir of hope, family and transcendence. 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—until a tragedy changed everything. Lush songs, by Cale and Matthew Dean Marsh, and an intimate portrait of his mother unite in Cale’s vivid “survival story, deeply moving in its courage” (Chicago Tribune).

About David Cale

Acclaimed as “an enthralling writer-monologist” by the New York Times, two-time Obie Award-winning artist David Cale’s recent works as a solo performer include his musical memoir We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time, for which he wrote the book, lyrics, co-composed the music with Matthew Dean Marsh, and The History of Kisses. His recent credits as a playwright include Sandra starring Marjan Neshat, with music by Marsh, and the hit solo play, Harry Clarke, starring Billy Crudup

A dream tour-de-force of survival.
HEADLINING *snap* first person arts festival

From January 19-21, 2024, the Flynn celebrates the power of storytelling and solo performance with a weekend-long festival that includes workshops and solo performances by professional and emerging artists.


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