Date(s) - 09/18/2020 - 10/25/2020
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Theatre Y is proud to present a film re-imagining of We’re Gonna Die, Young Jean Lee’s poignant and life-affirming stage play-cum-indie rock concert in which a female singer alternates can-you-top-this stories of the awfulness of life with sweet, peppy tunes like “Lullaby for the Miserable” and “Horrible Things.” Reviewing the 2011 premiere production, Christopher Isherwood of the New York Times made We’re Gonna Die a critic’s pick and called it “a kind of collective consolation for life’s unavoidable woes.”
Starting September 18 Theatre Y will release online its unique take on We’re Gonna Die, a film conceived for our current state of social isolation. A team of 12 artists rehearsed, composed, designed, recorded, shot, edited and produced this film remotely, with each artist navigating how to work from their home.
Film showings are scheduled online from September 18-October 25 (FRI, SAT, SUN at 8 PM EST / 7 PM CST / 5 PM PST). Audiences across the world are invited to RSVP (for free!) for a particular showing, and will enter into a virtual lobby with that evening’s guests, watch the film individually, and re-convene for our traditional talk-back session over zoom.
Theatre Y turns Young Jean Lee’s play into a moving film project.
– The Chicago Reader
A wonderful triumph for Theatre Y. So evocative. An inspired and moving interpretation. I can’t imagine it being any more perfect than what Theatre Y is presenting to us.” “Visually gorgeous and fullsome, so rich and sensitive in detail, that viewers will be struck with admiration and surprise.” “Hit me like a ton of bricks. Good writing, good acting, good directing, good theater.” “A Complex, rich, and serious piece of visual work.
– Dueling Critics on WDCB