Ancram Opera House Presents Obie-Award Winning “We’re Gonna Die”

Featuring Award-Winning Actor Maria-Christina Oliveras

Ancram Opera House will present the Obie Award winning play We’re Gonna Die by Young Jean Lee, one of the most adventurous new playwrights to emerge on the New York scene in the past decade.  Performances are August 4-5 and 11-12 at 8PM.

A blend of storytelling, music, and theater, We’re Gonna Die examines the universal experience of life’s unavoidable truths. A singer takes the stage, backed by her band, and tells slyly humorous stories about the one thing we all have in common. This play with live music boldly explores some of life’s darkest moments with humor and insight.

The Singer will be played by multi-talented actor Maria-Christina Oliveras, whose extensive theater, TV and film credits include Taylor Mac’s 24 Hour History of Music (St. Ann’s Warehouse); Here Lies Love (The Public); Amelie, Machinal (Roundabout); Law & Order: SVU, Nurse Jackie, Ugly Betty, St. Vincent de Van Nuys, and Time Out of Mind.”

“Maria-Christina is a force of nature,” said Paul Ricciardi, Co-Director of Ancram Opera House. “Her range and ability are so impressive, and her talents will be a great gift to our performance hall.”

The band backing Ms. Oliveras will be Hudson Valley’s own Reliable Tom, led by New York based sound artist and composer Monte Weber.

“We are thrilled to produce a work by Young Jean Lee,” said Jeff Mousseau, who is directing the production and is also Co-Director of Ancram Opera House. “The play hits a lot of areas for us. It’s a daring take on a human experience that we are often reluctant to discuss. And by tackling the subject head on, the show is bracing yet consoling and, ultimately, cathartic. It’s also a very layered piece that brings together different forms: music, theater, and storytelling. It works incredibly well in our space, which is known for its acoustics and its intimacy.”

Ancram Opera House in southern Columbia County is rapidly becoming known as a showcase for fresh, contemporary work by emerging theater and musical artists. With its proximity to New York, Poughkeepsie, Albany and Great Barrington, Ancram Opera House is an exciting new entry on the Hudson Valley/Berkshire regional theater scene.

Ancram Opera House is located at 1330 County Route 7, just north of the corner of Route 82. Parking is available on the adjacent lawn. For tickets and more information, please visit, write or call (518) 329-0114.


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