The Broadway revival of Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth begins performances on August 18. The production stars Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson in their Broadway debuts. Opening night is set for September 11 at the Cort Theatre.
This Is Our Youth chronicles 48 hours in the lives of spoiled, drugged-out, rich kids living in Manhattan in the 1980s. Cera plays Warren, a depressed 19-year-old who has stolen $15,000 from his tycoon father, while Culkin plays his drug-dealer friend Dennis and Gevinson appears as Jessica, a perceptive fashion student.
The production, directed by Anna D. Shapiro, premiered earlier this year at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre. This Is Our Youth, starring Mark Ruffalo, Josh Hamilton and Missy Yager, originally opened at the INTAR Theatre on October 26, 1996. The show, directed by Mark Brokaw, played 22 performances, drawing rave reviews and garnering attention for its young cast and playwright. The production was revived off-Broadway just two years later by the Second Stage Theatre company on November 3, 1998, this time featuring Mark Rosenthal in place of Josh Hamilton, playing 240 performances before closing on May 2, 1999.