Young Jean Lee's Theater Company (USA)
One of America’s most acclaimed experimental playwrights, Young Jean Lee has a habit of challenging herself with intensely personal works. Having skewered US race-relations with THE SHIPMENT, and delved into her own evangelical Christian upbringing in CHURCH, she now brings to Melbourne Festival a charming, satirical and intimate cabaret mash-up of personal tragedy, in the form of busted relationships, public humiliation and family calamity – all set to quirky pop tunes.
Performing solo, with the accompaniment of a live band, the formidable Young Jean Lee bares herself with peppy songs and raw anecdotes; with each rousing tragicomic sing-along, she touches on moments of solace and fleeting kindness. Confronting the void with pitch-black humour and perky pop grooves, Lee takes centre stage to sing, dance and laugh, kicking back at the dark.
Both honest and humorous, WE’RE GONNA DIE is Lee’s tenacious celebration of a universal truth we often prefer to forget: that each of us will encounter moments of indignity and illness, isolation and despair, en route to our inevitable end – and, in the end, that’s okay.
The performance on Thursday 25 October will be followed by a Q&A
with Young Jean Lee.
'Sly, weird and thoroughly winning. Its forthright acknowledgement that life can be a rough business is bracing, funny and, yes, consoling.
Written and performed by Young Jean Lee
Music by Future Wife
Music directed by Tim Simmonds
Choreography by Faye Driscoll
Directed by Paul Lazar
Future Wife is Mike Hanf, Nick Jenkins, Ben Kupstas, Young Jean Lee and Tim Simmonds
Associate Director Morgan Gould
Costumes Roxana Ramseur
Dramaturgy Mike Farry
Production Supervisor Sunny Stapleton
Producer, Young Jean Lee
Originally produced by Caleb Hammons for 13 Playwrights Inc, in association with Young Jean Lee
In this 2011 Obie Award-winning piece, provocative playwright Young Jean Lee takes the stage with her band Future Wife in a life-affirming show about the thing everyone has in common: WE'RE GONNA DIE. You may be miserable, but you won
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Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio
100 St Kilda Road