February 4 - March 22
65 minutes, with no intermission
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SCENIC DESIGN: DAVID ZINN
COSTUME DESIGN: NAOKO NAGATA
LIGHTING DESIGN: TUCE YASAK
SOUND DESIGN: JASON CRYSTAL
MUSIC SUPERVISION & ARRANGEMENT: REMY KURS
ORCHESTRATIONS: CIAN MCCARTHY
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER: JOHN C. MOORE
STAGE MANAGER: BRYAN BAUER
We're Gonna Die runs 65 minutes, with no intermission.
YOUNG JEAN LEE (PLAYWRIGHT)
Young Jean Lee is a writer, director, and filmmaker who has been called “the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation” by The New York Times and “one of the best experimental playwrights in America” by Time Out New York. She has written and directed ten shows with Young Jean Lee's Theater Company and toured her work to over thirty cities around the world. She was the first Asian-American woman to have her play produced on Broadway when her play Straight White Men premiered on Broadway in 2018. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two OBIE Awards, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a PEN Literary Award, the Edwin Booth award, a United States Artists Fellowship, and a Windham-Campbell prize. Her short films have been presented at the Sundance Film Festival, The Locarno International Film Festival, and BAMcinemaFest. She is currently working on a screenplay commission for Cinereach and a Broadway commission from Second Stage Theater and Center Theatre Group.
RAJA FEATHER KELLY (DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER)
Raja Feather Kelly is the artistic director of New Brooklyn Theatre. In 2009, he founded the dance-theatre-media company the feath3r theory. The two companies merged in 2018. Raja has been awarded a Creative Capital Award (2019), a National Dance Project Production Grant (2019), a Breakout Award from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (2018), Dance Magazine's inaugural Harkness Promise Award (2018), the Solange MacArthur Award for New Choreography (2016), and is a three-time Princess Grace Award winner (2017, 2018, 2019). He was born in Fort Hood, Texas and holds a B.A. in Dance and English from Connecticut College. Raja has been named as the 2019–2020 Randjelovic/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist at New York Live Arts and is an inaugural Jerome Hill Artist Fellow. Raja has also been awarded a New York Dance Performance "Bessie" Award, a Bessie Schonberg Fellowship at The Yard, a DanceWEB Scholarship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Choreography Fellowship, a HERE Arts Fellowship, 2018 Creator-in-Residence at Kickstarter, and a Choreography Fellowship at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU. Over the past decade he has created thirteen evening-length premieres and six short-format works. Professionally, Raja has performed with Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group, Keely Garfield, Kota Yamazaki, David Dorfman Dance, Kyle Abraham|Abraham.In.Motion, Christopher Williams Dance, and zoe | juniper. He has also managed a number of dance companies: Race Dance, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, zoe | juniper, and Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group. Since 2016, Raja has choreographed extensively for Off-Broadway theatre in New York City, most notably for Signature Theatre, Soho Rep, and New York Theatre Workshop: A Strange Loop, Hurricane Diane, The Sandbox, Drowning, Funnyhouse of a Negro, The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, Everybody, FAIRVIEW, under the directorship of Lila Neugebauer, Lileana Blain-Cruz, and Sarah Benson. Other theatre credits include choreography for Skittles Commercial: The Musical (Town Hall), The Chronicles of Cardigan and Khente (SohoRep), Everyday Afroplay (JACK), GURLS (Princeton University), Electric Lucifer (The Kitchen), Lempicka (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The House That Will Not Stand (New York Theatre Workshop), Fireflies (Atlantic Theatre Company), If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka (Playwrights Horizons, nominated for the 2019 Lucille Lortel Award and the 2019 Chita Rivera Award for Outstanding Choreography), The Good Swimmer (BAM), and Faust (Opera Omaha).
Freddy Hall is thrilled to be making his Second Stage debut playing guitar for We're Gonna Die. Broadway: Beautiful: the Carole King Musical, Lysistrata Jones. Off-Broadway: Brooklynite, Lysistrata Jones. Shakespeare in the Park: Love's Labour's Lost, A Midsummer Night's Dream. First national tours: Spring Awakening, Flashdance. He is also a singer/songwriter currently working on his 3rd studio album. Visit @iamfreddyhall for more info.
Janelle McDermoth is a Bronx, NY native, last seen on Broadway in A Bronx Tale. STAGE: HAIR (Int'l Tour), Soul Doctor (Off Broadway), Fulton Theatre, Maine State Music Theatre, and 11th Hour Theater Co. TELEVISION: "Blue Bloods," "High Maintenance," "Blindspot," "The Rundown with Robin Thede." In 2018, she began performing as a solo singer/rapper around NYC and her first single, "Winning", was released in 2019. B.A in Africana Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Many thanks to her family, friends, and team at CESD. www.janellemcdermoth.com @janellemcdrmth
Kevin Ramessar is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, arranger and composer, and is delighted to be making his 2nd Stage debut. Broadway: Beautiful, Jesus Christ Superstar, Gettin’ The Band Back Together. Regional: Paradise Square (Berkeley Rep), Jesus Christ Superstar (La Jolla Playhouse) International: Man of La Mancha, Tommy, Bartholomew Fair (Stratford Shakespeare Festival), London Road (Canadian Stage). Other: Tony Awards Orchestra (2018 & 2019), The Doo Wop Project, classical soloist with various Symphony orchestras More: kevinramessar.com & @kevinramessar
DEBBIE CHRISTINE TJONG
Debbie is excited to make her Second Stage debut! Debbie is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and actress. Alumni of Berklee College of Music. Off-Broadway: The Wrong Man (MCC Theater), Rags Parkland (Ars Nova), Red Roses, Green Gold (Minetta Lane Theater), Missed Connections: A Craigslist Musical (New Ohio Theater). International: A Labor of Love (p.L.a.Y Prod.), Les Misérables (Victoria Theater). Thank you to my husband Nate, Professional Artists and the team behind We’re Gonna Die! Instagram: @debbietjongmusic
Marques Walls is overjoyed to be joining the cast/band of We’re Gonna Die! His credits include Be More Chill, Spring Awakening (Revival), Lysistrata Jones, American Psycho and many more. Insta:MarqWallsNyc
Second Stage: Make Believe, Torch Song, Dogfight. Broadway: Diana, The Minutes, Choir Boy, Boys In The Band, Spongebob Squarepants, Doll’s House Part 2 (costumes), Amelie, The Humans, Fun Home. Off-Broadway: Hamlet, The Outer Space, Troilus and Cressida (Public Theater), Othello (clothes, NYTW), Hir, The Flick, Pacebo, Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons), Fondly Colette Richland, Arguendo, The Sound and the Fury, The Select (The Sun Also Rises) (Elevator Repair Service). Tony, Obie, Drama Desk, Hewes awards./p>
NAOKO NAGATA (COSTUME DESIGN)
started her career as a biochemist in Japan. Her evolution into costume making is a long story. With literally no formal training, she has been creating for a diverse group of choreographers and dancers non-stop since 1998. Working closely with collaborators, Naoko helps bring to life what she herself calls, “the creation of a shared dream.” This is her first theater project. Endless thanks to Enver Chakartash. I could have never gotten through this experience without you
JASON CRYSTAL (SOUND DESIGN)
Recent designs: Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant (Audible), Side Show (Atlantis Theatrical), Found (Philadelphia Theatre Company), The Tempest (The Public Theater / Shakespeare in the Park), Othello (The Old Globe), Somewhere (Hartford Stage). Broadway associate for: Tina, Hamilton, The Cher Show, Bright Star, Cinderella, The Addams Family, others. Broadcast Engineer for the Toll Brothers Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network and SiriusXM. Sound Supervisor for Hamilton, spanning six Companies
REMY KURS (MUSIC SUPERVISION & ARRANGEMENTS)
returns to Second Stage after providing music supervision and orchestrations for Invisible Thread. Broadway and national tour: The Book of Mormon. Off-Broadway: Ride the Cyclone (MCC), Iron Curtain, The Hidden Sky (Prospect Theater Co.). Regional credits include Lempicka (Williamstown), The Honeymooners (Paper Mill), Witness Uganda (ART & The Wallis), and Iron Curtain (Village Theatre). Upcoming in 2020: Lempicka at La Jolla Playhouse