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My Date With Death

Written and Composed by DANIEL SUGIMOTO

Writer and composer Daniel Sugimoto has struggled his entire life with questions of suicide and the purpose of life. With My Date With Death - A Musical Romance, he is turning his pain into music and asking not what can others do for him, but what he can do for others. Being so close to calling it quits, Sugimoto decided to reframe his purpose and express his love of death with a genuine love of life.

Much like an episode of “Dr. Who”, this fantasy musical breathes light into the dark side of the universe of death, loss, and those who struggle with suicide. So strap in and take a Dickensian sprint across the universe with Link our isolated soul as he falls in love with Lady Death and her never ending knowledge of the cosmos.


November 10 - December 2 | Saturdays & Sundays at 8pm

MY DATE WITH DEATH will be playing at Miles Memorial Playhouse.

For more details and to purchase tickets, please click here.


Listen to songs from the show:

Suicide [and the thoughts/attempts of suicide] are something that’s all too common; however, I’m comforted to know that people are starting to open up about their stories. It makes me, as a survivor, feel less alone.
— Daniel Sugimoto, Writer/Composer

The Cast

Samantha M. Lawrence

SAMANTHA M. LAWRENCE (Lady Death/Diallo) is a singer and actress from Maryland who is now based in Los Angeles, CA. Primarily a musician, Samantha studied opera and musical theatre at Westminster Choir College. Since then, she has performed everything from opera to musical theatre to jazz, and even heading up a funk/soul band in D.C. (Get to Steppin’). Her past productions include Songs for a New World, Don Giovanni, Carmen, and most recently: Beauty and the Beast at Casa 0101. In addition to her musical credits, she has also appeared the indie short film Portrait (Katrina, Mark Jason Welch) and in local commercials and print ads. Samantha is so excited and honored for the opportunity to breathe life into original work, and thanks Daniel Sugimoto and Julia Lisa for this amazing opportunity.

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Daniel Sugimoto (Writer)

DANIEL SUGIMOTO (Link • Writer/Composer) is a local playwright and composer who’s been working professionally in Los Angeles for seven years. From shows at South Coast Rep to writing and producing award winning shows with his own theatre company, Daniel has tried to promote progressive ideals with his book of shows. Letters To Eve, his World War II dramatic musical about Japanese Internment and the Holocaust won a 'Community Organizer Award', was commended by Congresswoman Maxine Waters as a 'meaningful contribution to American Culture'.

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Production Team

The Zoo Theatre Company (Producer)

THE ZOO THEATRE COMPANY (Lead Producer) — Biography coming soon.

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JAC (Co-Producer)

THE JADE/ANTHONY COMPANY (Co-Producer) is a Los Angeles-based theatrical producing firm that focuses on building writing & creative teams, and producing developmental readings and workshops/labs for new original musicals — while also providing: production management, general management, and event consulting. We specialize in regional and first-class theatrical productions, corporate events, meetings, and concerts throughout the country.

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