we're gonna die

  • Written and performed by Young Jean Lee (P#11)

    With her band, Future Wife, playwright Young Jean Lee takes the stage in a life-affirming show that anyone could perform, about the thing everyone has in common: We're gonna die. You may be miserable, but you won’t be alone.


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    Produced by 13P

    in association with Young Jean Lee's Theater Company


    • Music performed by Future Wife
    • (Mike Hanf, Andrew Hoepfner, Nick Jenkins, Ben Kupstas, and Booker Stardrum)
    • Original music by Young Jean Lee, Tim Simmonds, Mike Hanf, Nick Jenkins, and Ben Kupstas
    • Choreography by Faye Driscoll
    • Directed by Paul Lazar

      Original Cast:

    • Mike Hanf
    • Nick Jenkins
    • Ben Kupstas
    • Young Jean Lee
    • Tim Simmonds

    Additional Cast:

    • Andrew Hoepfner
    • Booker Stardrum
    • Costume Design by Roxana Ramseur
    • Dramaturgy by Mike Farry
    • Creative Consultant Eric Dyer
    • Production Supervisor Sunny Stapleton
    • Assistant Directors Kate Gagnon and Rachel Karp

    • Associate Director Morgan Gould

    • Produced by Caleb Hammons

    "Sly, weird and thoroughly winning ... Its forthright acknowledgement that life can be a rough business is bracing, funny and, yes, consoling." CRITICS' PICK

    — Charles Isherwood, The New York Times  

    "Enormously touching ... Lee purchases our hearts with her bravery's own coin." CRITICS' PICK

    — Helen Shaw, Time Out New York

    "We're all gonna die. But not, if you're lucky, before discovering artists like Young Jean Lee."

    — Michael Giltz, Huffington Post

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    Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA Los Angeles, LA
    November 20-24, 2013

    Wexner Center for Arts, Columbus, OH
    October 11-12, 2013

    LCT3's Claire Tow Theater, New York, NY
    August 5-17, 2013

    Brighton Festival, Brighton, England
    May 7-9, 2013

    Doosan Art Center as part of Festival B:OM, Seoul, South Korea
    April 12-15, 2013

    Melbourne Festival, Melbourne, Australia
    October 24-27, 2012

    LCT3's Claire Tow Theater, New York, NY
    September 12-15, 2012

    Festival d’automne à Paris: Théâtre de Gennevilliers, National Dramatic Center for Contemporary Creation, Paris, France
    October 5-7, 2012

    Theatre Junction GRAND, Calgary, Canada
    May 2-5, 2012

    The Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
    February 17, 2012

    Joe's Pub at the Public Theater
    April 1-30, 2011

    The Stone, New York, NY (Preliminary Show)
    February 11, 2011

    WE’RE GONNA DIE was developed in part through a residency at the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, and through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space program (space at 14 Wall Street is donated by Capstone Equities), and is presented with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.