We're Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time

Institute History

  • 2017 Theatre Lab at MASS MoCA


Growing up in an ugly English industrial town, writer and performer David Cale escaped the volatility of his parents’ marriage by singing Petula Clark songs and tending to the tropical birds in the Bird and Animal Hospital he built in a garden shed - until a violent act changed everything. Weaving together original songs, family members portraits and narrative storytelling, Cale embodies a vivid tale of learning to live when death is suddenly everywhere. We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time was developed, in part, at SPACE on Ryder Farm and at a retreat at the Weston Playhouse, Weston, Vermont.


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