CHICAGO – Haven Theatre’s hit rock concert event WE’RE GONNA DIE returns for four performances only March 26 – April 16, 2018 at Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted St. in Chicago. Tickets, priced at $18, are available at www.steppenwolf.org or by calling (312) 335-1650.
Isa Arciniegas reprises her role as the singer with original band members Sarah Giovannetti on drums, Jordan Harris and Elle Walker on keyboards and newcomer Max McKenna on guitar.
Directed by Artistic Director Josh Sobel, a singer takes the stage, backed by her rock-band compatriots, to share Young Jean Lee’s life-affirming show about the one thing we all have in common, “we’re gonna die.” Drawing from true stories of people’s experiences with tragedy, despair and loneliness, this personal and rejuvenating play with live music reminds us that in our darkest, most isolated moments, we are not alone.
Infused with a riveting and electrifying pop-punk sound, Haven’s life- and humanity-affirming production was named one of the Best Shows of 2017 by the Chicago Tribune, Time Out Chicago and Newcity Stage.
WE’RE GONNA DIE is presented as part of the LookOut Series – Steppenwolf’s performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form.
The production team for WE’RE GONNA DIE includes Spencer Meeks (music director), Jon Martinez (choreographer), Mike Mroch (scenic designer), Izumi Inaba (costume designer), Claire Chrzan (lighting designer), Sarah Putts (sound designer), Angela Salinas (production manager), Abhi Shrestha (asst. director), Andy Kloubec (assoc. lighting designer), Corbin Paulino (stage manager) and Stacey Palmberg and Merle Palmer (asst. stage managers).
Title: WE’RE GONNA DIE
Playwright: Young Jean Lee
Director: Artistic Director Josh Sobel
Cast: Isa Arciniegas (singer), Sarah Giovannetti (drums), Jordan Harris (keyboard), Max McKenna (guitar) and Elle Walker (keyboard).
Location: Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted St., Chicago
Dates: March 26 – April 16, 2018
Curtain Times: Mondays at 8 pm
Tickets: $18. Tickets are currently available at www.steppenwolf.org or by calling (312) 335-1650.
About the Artists
Young Jean Lee (Playwright) has been called “hands down, 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 nine shows in New York with Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company and toured her work to over thirty cities around the world. Her plays have been published by TCG (Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven and Other Plays, The Shipment and Lear) and by Samuel French (Three Plays by Young Jean Lee). She is currently under commission from Plan B/Paramount Pictures, Lincoln Center Theater, Playwrights Horizons and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She is a member of New Dramatists and 13P, and has an MFA from Mac Wellman’s playwriting program at Brooklyn College. She has received grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Creative Capital, NYFA, NEA, NYSCA, the Jerome Foundation, The Fox Samuels Foundation, the Greenwall Foundation and the Rockefeller MAP Foundation. She is also the recipient of two OBIE Awards, the Festival Prize of the Zürcher Theater Spektakel, a 2010 Prize in Literature from the American Academ y of Arts and Letters, a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2012 Doris Duke Artist Award.
Josh Sobel (Director) is a Chicago-based director and Artistic Director of Haven Theatre Company. Recent credits include Fear and Misery in the Third Reich and We’re Gonna Die at Haven, Bobbie Clearly at Steep (Jeff Award winner, Best New Work), The Long Christmas Ride Home and Hunting of the Snark (also Edinburgh Fringe) at Strawdog, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead at Metropolis and The Importance of Being Earnest featuring Lisa Tejero at Iowa Summer Rep, University of Iowa. Additional credits include work at Chicago Dramatists, Red Orchid, Victory Gardens, Sketchbook, The Ruckus, Greenhouse Theater Center, Abbie-Fest and New Leaf. From 2010-2013 Josh served as Associate Director of the National Theater Institute summer “Theatermakers” program at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Recipient, Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC) Observership, Hamlet at Writers’ Theatre. Associate member, SDC.
About Haven Theatre:
NEXT GENERATION. NEW CANON. SOCIAL PROFIT.
We exist to be a Haven for The Future. We achieve this through championing the next generation of playwrights, directors and actors by producing and promoting plays and performances that are staking their claim as the immediate future of this art form, and by investing in those at the very beginning of their professional journeys. Through this inspiration, we seek to ignite in each audience member a hope for the Future – the Future of theatre and performance, the Future of each other, the Future of our community.
About Steppenwolf’s LookOut Series
LookOut is Steppenwolf’s performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form, emerging artists and performance legends, quintessential Chicago companies and young aspiring ensembles, familiar Steppenwolf faces and new friends. steppenwolf.org/lookout