We're Gonna Die

A.R.T. Breakout
  • Oct 4, 2016 - Oct 8, 2016


  • Run Time: 55 minutes with no intermission


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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.

WGBH’s Jared Bowen on We’re Gonna Die



Creative Team


Young Jean Lee


Shawn LaCount

Costume Designer

Michelle Villada

Lighting Designer

Justin Paice

Sound Designer

Lindsey Anderson

Dramaturgy by

Ilana M. Brownstein & Alexandra Juckno


Misha Shields

Stage Manager

Emily Brown

Assistant Stage Manager

Hannah Estabrook



Obehi Janice


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.