Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alumni are in the cast and design team of We’re Gonna Die, the final production of Haven Theatre Company‘s 2016-2017 season. Written by Young Jean Lee and directed by Columbia College Theatre Department faculty member Josh Sobel, this Chicago premiere runs May 3-June 4 at the Den Theatre, 1335 N. Milwaukee, in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood.
Columbia College Theatre Department alumnus Spencer Meeks ’15, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s Musical Theatre BA program, is a cast member and also the show’s musical director. The production team includes alumni Mike Mroch ’11, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s Theatre Directing program (scenic designer), and Claire Chrzan ’11, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s Theatre Design program (lighting designer). Jon Martinez, a former student in the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department’s Musical Theatre BA program, is the show’s choreographer. And Abhi Shrestha, a former student in the Theatre Department’s Theatre Directing program, is the assistant director.
Director Josh Sobel is artistic director of Haven Theatre, which was founded by Carol Cohen, a former Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department student. Cohen is also the benefactor of Columbia College Chicago’s Carol Cohen Award, established to assist Theatre Design or Technical Theatre students with expenses related to research projects within their studies.
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.
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