by Tulis McCall

David Cale is here to tell you a story.  Cale is a sort of pied piper known for his many one person shows over the past few decades. We Are Only Alive For A Short Amount Of Time, however, revolves around his childhood.  The one he created and the one his family endured.  It is also about one specific incident. Cale is captivating.  He is a living diorama. I was intrigued.  I was fascinated. But there is a part of Cale that remains opaque.

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WE’RE ONLY ALIVE FOR A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME – Written and Performed by David Cale, Lyrics by David Cale, Music by David Cale and Matthew Dean Marsh, Directed by Robert Falls

MUSICIANS Matthew Dean Marsh(Piano), Josh Henderson(Viola), Tomina Parvanova(Harp), Jessica Wang(Cello), John Blevins(Trumpet), and Tyler Hsieh (Clarinet)

The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) will present WE’RE ONLY ALIVE FOR A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME through Sunday, July 14. Public Theater Partner, Public Supporter, and Member tickets are available now. Full price tickets, startingat $45, can be accessed by calling (212) 967-7555, visiting, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street