WE'RE GONNA DIE
August 4-5, August 11-12: Fridays and Saturdays at 8p
written by Young Jean Lee
original music by Young Jean Lee, Tim Simmonds, Mike Hanf, Nick Jenkins, and Benedict Kupstas
Drawing from true stories of people's experiences with tragedy, Young Jean Lee creates a surprisingly life-affirming show about the one thing we all have in common. Smart and catchy pop songs, heart-rending storytelling, humorous moments of standup and even a short dance break make "We're Gonna Die" a powerful, even joyful experience. And, let's face it, since many of us would rather not talk about it, why not sing about it?
"Sly, weird and thoroughly winning...it doesn’t feel dirge-like at all. Its forthright acknowledgment that life can is a rough business is bracing, funny and, yes, consoling." Charles Isherwood, NY Times, NYTimes Critic's Pick
"Young Jean Lee will give you whiplash. Her ability to stake out aesthetic territory and then abruptly abandon it makes her unpredictable; her tendency to excel at each new genre makes her terrifying. In the enormously touching cabaret-style We're Gonna Die...she spins a 180 degrees to embrace convention, naked autobiography and the unironic pop song." Helen Shaw, Time Out NY
About Young Jean Lee
Young Jean Lee is a writer, director, and filmmaker who has been called “the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation” by The New York Times and “one of the best experimental playwrights in America” by Time Out New York. She has written and directed ten shows in New York with Young Jean Lee's Theater Company, and toured her work to over thirty cities around the world. She is currently under commission from Lincoln Center Theater and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and has written a screenplay commission for Plan B/Paramount Pictures. Her first short film, Here Come the Girls, was presented at The Locarno International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and BAMcinemaFest. Lee is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two OBIE Awards, a Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Doris Duke Artist Residency, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant, and the ZKB Patronage Prize of the Zürcher Theater Spektakel.