Equal parts stage musical and rock concert, We’re Gonna Die is a cabaret-style musical written by experimental NYC playwright Young Jean Lee that celebrates the unifying nature of human mortality. We’re Gonna Die premiered in 2011 at Joe’s Pub in New York City as the 11th play in the hallowed 13P playwriting coalition.
Jake Nice is a theatre-maker and musician based in Dallas. In April 2017 Jake produced and directed the North Texas premiere of We’re Gonna Die, a touring production that showcased local musicians at each venue in Dallas, Denton, and Fort Worth. Other directing projects include Justin Lemieux’s upcoming solo show Warm Soda (which will play locally at Theatre Too before traveling to New York for the United Solo Theatre Festival), Hypochondria via The Tribe, and The Burial at Thebes, In the Boom Boom Room at SMU. Jake’s composing credits include PrismCo’s Midas, House Party Theatre’s Frosty: Songs of Redemption, and an upcoming production of Iphigenia at Aulis & Tauris at SMU. Jake also writes and performs with his band Surprising Flavor. He holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Studies from Southern Methodist University.
Samantha Rios is an active performer within the Dallas arts community. She received her B.F.A. in Theatre Studies from SMU and has since written, acted and designed for various theatres including Kitchen Dog Theatre, Second Thought Theatre, House Party Theatre and Dallas Theatre Center. She writes, produces and performs her ’80s retro music under the moniker Rat Rios. Samantha also paints and had her first gallery showing at 500x Gallery in the spring of 2017.
Young Jean Lee
Young Jean Lee is a Korean-American playwright, director, and filmmaker. She is the Artistic Director of Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, a not-for-profit theater company dedicated to producing her work. She has written and directed ten shows for Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company and toured her work to over thirty cities around the world. Lee was called “the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation” by Charles Isherwood in The New York Times and “one of the best experimental playwrights in America” by David Cote in Time Out New York.