With her band, Future Wife, playwright Young Jean Lee takes the stage at Lincoln Center’s LCT3 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.

  • Photo 1 Blaine Davis
  • Photos 2-5 taken from video
  • Video Director of Photography Ben Cohen
  • Video Editor Bart Cortright
  • Primary Camera Operator Ben Cohen
  • Secondary Camera Operator Reuben Kleiner

Written by Young Jean Lee
Directed by Paul Lazar
Original music by Future Wife (Young Jean Lee, Tim Simmonds, Mike Hanf, Nick Jenkins, and Benedict Kupstas)
Produced by Caleb Hammons



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


  • Andrew Hoepfner
  • Booker Stardrum
  • David Byrne


  • Associate Director Morgan Gould
  • Dramaturg Mike Farry
  • Choreographer Faye Driscoll
  • Costume Designer Roxana Ramseur
  • Lighting Designer Tyler Micoleau
  • Sound Designer Jamie McElhinney
  • Creative Consultant Eric Dyer
  • Production Supervisor Sunny Stapleton
  • Assistant Directors Kate Gagnon and Rachel Karp

Southbank Center, London, United Kingdom
August 2015

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

Wexner Center for Arts, Columbus, OH
October 2013

LCT3’s Claire Tow Theater, New York, NY
August 2013

Brighton Festival, Brighton, England
May 2013

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

Melbourne Festival, Melbourne, Australia
October 2012

LCT3’s Claire Tow Theater, New York, NY
September 2012

Festival d’Automne à Paris, in association with Theatre Gennevilliers Centre Dramatique National de Creation Contemporaine, Paris, France
October 2012

Theatre Junction GRAND, Calgary, Canada
May 2012

The Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
February 2012

Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, New York, NY
April 2011

The Stone, New York, NY (Workshop)
February 2011

WE’RE GONNA DIE was originally produced by Caleb Hammons for 13 Playwrights Inc, in association with Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company. It was originally performed in April 2011 at Joe’s Pub in New York, NY. It was also performed at Lincoln Center Theater’s Claire Tow Theater in September 2012 and again in August 2013. It 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.

We’re Gonna Die

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Young Jean Lee, Michael Hanf, Andrew Hoepfner, Nick Jenkins, Benedict Kupstas, and Booker Stardrum

  • Words by Young Jean Lee
  • Music by Young Jean Lee & Tim Simmonds, except “When You Get Old” by Young Jean Lee, Tim Simmonds, & Benedict Kupstas
  • “No Comfort for the Lonely” by Young Jean Lee, Tim Simmonds, Benedict Kupstas, & Future Wife
  • Produced by Shannon Fields at The Run-in & the Isokon
  • Recorded, Engineered, and Mixed by D. James Goodwin at the Isokon
  • Additional engineering by Bill Withers
  • Mastered by Nathan James at the Vault
  • Artwork: “Thrift Store Landscape” by Chad Wys
  • Design by Benedict Kupstas

A music video for the song “I’m Gonna Die” from WE’RE GONNA DIE.

  • Performed by Future Wife
  • Conceived by William Cusick and Young Jean Lee
  • Directed by William Cusick
  • Shot and edited by Bart Cortright
  • Produced by Young Jean Lee
  • Co-Produced by TaraFawn Marek

Future Wife is Michael Hanf, Andrew Hoepfner, Nicholas Jenkins, Benedict Kupstas, & Young Jean Lee

  • Words by Young Jean Lee
  • Music by Young Jean Lee & Tim Simmonds
  • Arrangements by Future Wife, Tim Simmonds, & Shannon Fields
  • Produced by Shannon Fields at The Run-In (Jordanville, NY) and The Isokon (Woodstock, NY)
  • Recorded & Engineered by D. James Goodwin at The Isokon (Woodstock, NY)
  • Additional electronics, keyboards, & synthesizers by Shannon Fields