This Is Our Youth Begins Previews on Broadway
As August comes to a close, the only thing many are looking forward to as the summer ends is the beginning of Fall which means the beginning of the 2014 Fall Broadway theatre season! While the season officially kicked off over the summer with Tupac’s Holler If You Hear Me, tonight will be the first time in several months new theatre will hit the stage in New York City on Broadway. As always, we will be bringing you everything you need to know about all of these productions as they appear. So today we begin with our first play of the new season! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the news that This Is Our Youth begins previews tonight on Broadway!
This Is Our Youth is a play written by Kenneth Lonergan set in New York City during the 1980’s and follows the lives of three lost young souls. Warren has just stolen $15,000 from his abusive father. He surrounds himself with his drug-dealing friend Dennis and love interest Jessica as the three decide what to do next. The story captures how America’s youth heads out into the world armed with ideas they have learned as a teenager only to find out they are far less effective than what they think.
This Is Our Youth begins previews on Broadway tonight at The Cort Theatre. The show is set to officially open on September 11th, 2014. The production previously played Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company prior to its Broadway bow. The production star’s Michael Cera as Warren, Kieran Culkin as Dennis and Tavi Gevinson as Jessica. Cera and Culkin previously starred in a 2012 mounting of the production in Australia. This Is Our Youth made it’s New York City debut in 1996 Off-Broadway when it was produced by The New Group.
At the helm of the Broadway production is Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro as director. Shapiro most recently directed Of Mice and Men which appeared on Broadway last spring starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd. Other members of the production team include Todd Rosenthal as scenic designer, Ann Roth as costume designer, Brian MacDevitt as lighting designer and Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen as sound designers. The production also features original musical composed by Rostam Batmanglij. Scott Rudin is producing the production.
I am very much looking forward to seeing This Is Our Youth on Broadway this Fall. This piece of theatre finds itself on stage at a point in our history when it is needed more than ever. There was a time when the events of the world that took place daily did not affect America’s youth. That time has long come and gone. America’s youth is affected daily by the events that take place not only in their front yards and in their home towns but around the entire nation. Shootings, lockdowns, protests and more continue to rock our world daily and shape the youth of this nation. This Is Our Youth may be set in the 1980’s but will find much heart on stage this season in a nation crippled by a collapsing structure of “norms” that no longer exist and have thrust our youth to grow up even before it is their time to.
This Is Our Youth is running on Broadway as a limited engagement for 20 weeks only! Don’t miss your chance to see this wonderful piece of theatre in its first Broadway outing this season! It is one of the many plays you will want to see gracing the stage this season in New York on the Great White Way! For more information, visit This Is Our Youth’s Official Broadway Website, Facebook Page or Twitter Account. And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!