By Brian Scott Lipton
Kenneth Lonergan’s play “This Is Our Youth” made a huge splash Off-Broadway in 1986 with its piercing yet funny look at three disaffected New York teenagers caught up in the materialistic world of 1982.
Now, 18 years later, the play is making a much-anticipated Broadway debut at the Cort Theatre on Monday, August 18, with an official opening set for September 11, after this production’s critically acclaimed premiere this summer at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
On August 14, Theater Pizzazz spoke with Lonergan, who is also getting an overdue Broadway debut, the show’s Tony Award-winning director Anna D. Shapiro, film favorite Michael Cera, who plays the dejected Warren, who has just stolen $15,000 from his father, stage and screen actor Kieran Culkin, who plays his drug-dealing friend Dennis, fashion blogger, New York Magazine cover girl, and budding actress Tavi Gevinson, who plays Jessica, a savvy young woman who is the object of Warren’s affection, and Grammy Award-winning musician Rostam Batmanglij (of the band Vampire Weekend), who penned this production’s original score.
Take a look at what these talented folks have to say about “This Is Our Youth.” www.thisisouryouthbroadway.com
Video: Miriam Spritzer
Interviews: Brian Scott Lipton