The Play

a show for humans

A New England Premiere by Young Jean Lee
Original music by Young Jean Lee, Tim Simmonds, Mike Hanf, Nick Jenkins, and Benedict Kupstas

Directed by Shawn LaCount

April 20 – April 29, 2016
Presented in collaboration with American Repertory Theater

It’s time to get real and rock out about the one thing we all have in common: WE’RE GONNA DIE. Playwright Young Jean Lee blends storytelling, stand-up, music, and theatre into a funny, sweet, and darkly weird song cycle that lets us know we may be miserable, but at least we won’t be alone. Boldly exploring the less awesome moments of life with outrageous humor and powerful insight, this OBIE-Award-winning cabaret-style event moves audiences to a charged collective catharsis. Come experience the smartest and most life-affirming way to contemplate the inevitable!“I suspect that joining my voice with those of my fellow audience members, chanting ‘We’re gonna die’ over and over will remain one of the most inexplicably pleasurable experiences of my theatergoing life.” — Vogue

“Sly, weird and thoroughly winning … Its forthright acknowledgement that life can be a rough business is bracing, funny and, yes, consoling.”— New York Times

C1’s Take:

Young Jean Lee has been called ‘the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation’ by the New York Times and here at Company One Theatre, we agree wholeheartedly. With stories and pop songs, WE’RE GONNA DIE will break your heart and put it back together again.

From the Collaborators:

“I have been watching Company One Theatre make excellent work for some time, and their aesthetic and constant inquisitiveness fits perfectly with the vision of OBERON. It seemed quite natural to help present a play by the remarkable Young Jean Lee with Company One Theatre. We’re so very excited.” -Ari Barbanell, A.R.T.’s Director of Special Projects