We're Gonna Die
OBERON Presents, OBERON Shows
October 4 - 8, 2016
"Stop what you are doing and get your tickets now!"
Jared Bowen, WGBH
Written by Young Jean Lee
Original Music by Young Jean Lee, Tim Simmonds, Mike Hanf, Nick Jenkins, and Benedict Kupstas

Directed by Shawn LaCount
Music Direction by Steve Sarro
Starring Obehi Janice

After a sold-out run in April 2016, Company One Theatre’s production is back, blending storytelling, stand-up, music, and theater into a song cycle that lets us know we may be miserable anticipating our demise, but at least we won’t be alone.
With stories and pop songs, We're Gonna Die will break your heart and put it back together again.

On Wednesday, October 5, We're Gonna Die will be followed by an exclusive post-show performance of Grown-Up Storytime.

We're Gonna Die Audience Testimonials: 

We're Gonna Die - Audience Testimonials

Creative Team & Cast

Playwright — Young Jean Lee
Director — Shawn LaCount
Costume Designer — Michelle Villada
Lighting Designer — Justin Paice
Sound Designer — Lindsey Anderson
Dramaturgs — Ilana M. Brownstein, Alexandra Juckno
Choreographer — Misha Shields
Stage Manager — Emily Brown
Assistant Stage Manager — Hannah Estabrook

Obehi Janice
An actress, writer, and comedian from Lowell, Massachusetts, and the TCG Fox Foundation Resident Actor at Company One Theatre. Recent credits include An Octoroon (Company One & ArtsEmerson), Mr G (Underground Railway Theater), her solo play Fufu & Oreos (Bridge Rep), Arabian Nights (Central Square Theater), It Felt Empty (Theatre on Fire), and Splendor (Company One). She is a graduate of Georgetown University. The Improper Bostonian named her “Boston’s Best Actress” in 2014.

Steve Sarro
Company One debut. Recent credits include music directing God Hates Musicals (Ministry of Theater) and serving as music assistant for Big Fish (SpeakEasy). He regularly performs as music director for Mainstage and Touring Company shows at ImprovBoston in Cambridge where he also teaches musical improv, and he is also a music director for Artbarn Community Theater in Brookline.

Thom Dunn
A published poet and comic book author, a playwriting fellow at the Huntington Theatre Company, and a staff writer for Upworthy; when he’s not doing that, he’s writing, recording, and/or performing in various musical projects. Thom enjoys Oxford commas, metaphysics, and romantic clichés (especially when they involve whiskey), and he firmly believes that Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” is the single greatest atrocity ever committed against mankind.

Shahjehan Khan
Shahjehan, a Massachusetts native, has been performing in one way or another for more than 20 years. He is currently a working actor and educator with The Improbable Players, and most notably is a founding member of The Kominas, a South-Asian punk band that has toured all over the world since 2005. We’re Gonna Die is his first foray into performing with a professional theatrical ensemble as a musician, and he’d like to thank Company One for this incredible opportunity.

Ethan Selby
Company One debut. He has been playing drums since he was thirteen years of age with the same drumset that he is playing for this show. He has played for several different rock bands throughout his career as well as many musical productions including Boston’s Unscripted Musical Project (BUMP), Improv Boston’s Gorefest 2014, and Improv Boston’s Holiday Show. He thanks you for supporting live theater and hopes you enjoy the show.

The intimate, quirky play merges life’s ordinary travails with upbeat pop tunes, creating an unexpected sense of comfort while underscoring the truth that we live in a world where pain is inevitable and that there’s not much we can do but take solace in small moments of common-sense connection. More

Part storytelling, part musical, and always theatrical, this cabaret-style song cycle boldly goes where many of us don't really want to go and makes the subject of death less daunting than you might think. More

See “We’re Gonna Die” before you do–a New England premiere directed by Shawn LaCount and presented  by Company One Theatre & American Repertory Theater’s OBERON through April 29. Time is short.  More

Director Shawn LaCount says Janice’s fearlessness made her the perfect choice for “We’re Gonna Die,” playwright Young Jean Lee’s combination of funny and frightening stories of family, death, failure, and loneliness, framed within an upbeat, rock concert setting. More

We’re Gonna Die is a unique collaboration for Janice and the live band soundtracking the show—Ethan Selby, Shahjehan Khan, Steve Sarro and Thom Dunn. They come from different backgrounds (music, theatre, stand-up comedy) but have had shared experiences trying to make it work from gig to gig in creative fields. More

The play blends storytelling, stand-up comedy, music and theater as it tackles the one thing that every human must face: death. More

A versatile player, the Georgetown grad has spread social awareness (her YouTube short “Black Girl Yoga”), written and performed her own one-woman memoir about mental health (“Fufu and Oreos”) and will now make her theatrical singing debut in this show directed by Company One co-founder, Shawn LaCount. More

Press Releases

OBERON is pleased to presents the return engagement of We’re Gonna Die by Young Jean Lee, following a sold-out run last season and a successful multi-city tour. Performances run Tuesday, October 4 through Saturday, October 8 at 7:30PM.

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Ticket prices

A.R.T. Subscribers, Members: Log into your account for discounts. Tickets from $25. Student Tickets: $15

Run time

55 minutes with no intermission


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