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).
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