This Is Our Youth

This Is Our Youth

by Kenneth Lonergan


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An unblinking portrait of young urban life in the 1980s, Kenneth Lonergan's look at "the real Real World"(The New York Times)

This is Our Youth, Kenneth Lonnergan's lacerating look at affluent young Manhattanites of the 1980s, was first produced by the New Group in New York in 1996 to great critical acclaim and a Drama Desk Award nomination for best new play. Set in 1982, the play depicts two days in the lives of three college-age Upper West Siders who are from wealthy families but are living in doped-up squalor. Dennis—with a famous painter for a father and social activist mother—is a small-time drug dealer and total mess. His hero-worshipping, indifferently adjusted friend Warren has just impulsively stolen $15,000 from his father, an abusive lingerie tycoon who is "not a criminal, just in business with criminals." When Jessica, a mixed-up prep-school girl, shows up for a date, Warren pulls out a wad of bills and takes her off, awkwardly, for a night of New York seduction. How will Warren turn out—will he follow Dennis into dissipation or discover a way out? A wildly funny, bittersweet, and ultimately quite moving story, This Is Our Youth is remarkable in its understanding of contemporary urban youth.

"Very funny. . . . Comedies of such brio and darkly satiric edge are rare these days. . . . A supercool entertainment." — Vincent Canby, The New York Times

"What Mr. Lonergan gets gloriously is the whole cosmos and tempo of guys-together stuff. . . . It's an exhilarating ride full of sympathy and truth, eliciting many a smile and laugh of recognition." — The Wall Street Journal

Kenneth Lonergan has had his work performed at Naked Angels, H.B. Playwrights' Foundation, Atlantic Theatre Company, Manhattan Punchline, the Royal Court Theatre (London), the first annual Young Playwrights' Festival at Circle Rep, and the Coast Theatre in Los Angeles. Currently working on an original screenplay for Universal and soon to direct his first film, You Can Count On Me, based on his original screenplay, he is co-author of the story and screenplay for the hit movie Analyze This. He lives in New York.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822217039
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/01/1999
Pages: 68
Product dimensions: 52.50(w) x 75.00(h) x 2.50(d)

About the Author

Kenneth Lonergan is a film director,
playwright, and screenwriter. He is best known for co-writing Gangs of New York, and for writing and directing You Can Count on Me, Margaret,and Manchester by the Sea. Lonergan earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Director forManchester by the Sea, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for You Can Count On Me,Gangs of New York, andManchester by the Sea, winning for the latter.
He also won the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay for Manchester by the Sea

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