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Without an ending, there can be no beginning. Growing up in an industrial English town, writer and performer David Cale escaped his parents' fraught marriage by singing in his bedroom and tending to the tropical birds in the bird and animal hospital he built in a garden shed — until a tragedy changed everything. Weaving together lushly arranged songs and an intimately detailed portrait of his mother, a charismatic woman trapped by her circumstances, Cale embodies this vivid musical story of transcendence, of connecting to life when adversity is suddenly everywhere.

Directed by Tony Speciale with arrangements and underscoring composed by Matthew Dean Marsh, We're Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time features David Cale as a performer, a playwright, and a songwriter.

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