Welcome to our 2018/2019 Season!

I am thrilled to begin this season with the world premiere of an autobiographical tour-de-force infused with an enthralling score—and twists that will take your breath away. We proudly welcome David Cale—a writer and performer whose remarkable body of work has beguiled and moved me for more than 30 years—back to the Goodman with his musical memoir, We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time. David first appeared at the Goodman in 1988 with his one-man show The Redthroats. The young David had left his native England for New York several years earlier, and was in the early stages of becoming one of America’s most acclaimed solo artists. In the intervening decades, David has performed his works in countless theaters around the country.

As a writer, he recently collaborated with actor Billy Crudup on Harry Clarke, a one-man show that earned an Obie and two Lucille Lortel Awards after its premiere at New York’s Vineyard Theatre. Now, David returns with his newest piece, which he describes as his “most personal work to date.” We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time explores how David’s turbulent childhood in Luton, England contributed to his transformation from a wounded, wide-eyed adolescent to a man who fully embraces life and art. We first presented this piece in last year’s New Stages Festival—and I immediately felt that this devastating-yet-life-affirming tale would captivate and thrill audiences. And although I have known David for over three decades, I am honored now to collaborate with him as a director for the first time.

We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time is a fitting opener for a season filled with expansive, relevant works of art that are at once entertaining and challenging. More than half of the shows in the year ahead have emerged from our New Stages Festival, which continues to be a terrific incubator for new plays— like David’s extraordinary work. We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time reminds us that even when chaos looms, we still can seek beauty. I cannot imagine a more eternally relevant piece with which to begin our new season.


Robert Falls
Artistic Director of Goodman Theatre

Buy tickets and learn more about We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time here.