Tickets are now on sale for Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth, starring Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson in their Broadway debuts. The production, under the direction of Anna D. Shapiro, will play the Cort Theatre beginning August 18 following its run at the Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre in Chicago. Opening night is scheduled for September 11.
This Is Our Youth chronicles 48 hours in the lives of spoiled, drugged-out, rich kids living in Manhattan in the 1980s. Cera will play Warren, a depressed 19-year-old who has stolen $15,000 from his tycoon Dad, while Culkin will play his drug-dealer friend Dennis and Gevinson will appear as Jessica, a perceptive fashion student.
The production will feature original music by Grammy winner Rostam Batmanglij. While the Chicago production is staged in-the-round, the play will be restaged for a proscenium theater on Broadway.
Originally produced off-Broadway by The New Group, This Is Our Youth opened at the INTAR Theatre in October 1996. The play later opened at the McGinn-Cazale Theatre in November 1998, starring Mark Ruffalo, Josh Hamilton and Missy Yager. The 2002 West End production of This Is Our Youth starred Hayden Christensen, Jake Gyllenhaal and Anna Paquin. Other actors to subsequently appear in the London version include Matt Damon, Casey Affleck, Summer Phoenix and Culkin.