An unblinking portrait of young urban life in the 1980s, Kenneth Lonergan's lacerating look at affluent young Manhattanites depicts two days in the lives of three very lost souls in the big city at the dawn of the Regan Era.

Kenneth Lonergan brilliantly captures the essential period of time when we think we've got the world figured out, only to realize that we know nothing.  Graduating from our teenage years to adulthood and the pressure of identity is an intense struggle. In Dennis, Warren, and Jessica the struggle is intensified by their dependency on parents. But that dependency is both a blessing and a burden, because it provides a safety net, but the net undercuts the very freedom they enjoy.

With an ear attuned to the coarse, ironic language of city kids too cosmopolitan for their own good, Lonergan spins a wildly funny, bittersweet and ultimately quite moving story.  This is Our Youth has extremely strong language, adult situations, and drug use.  It is recommended for ages 17 and up. 

Directed by Matt Pfeiffer

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Alison BartonALISON BARTON is thrilled to be making her Playhouse on Park debut with "This is our Youth."  In the fall, she will be a senior BFA acting major at The University of Connecticut.  Some favorite past credits include:  Harmony Green in "Abraham Lincoln's Big, Gay Dance Party" (Connecticut Repertory Theatre),  Joanna in "Present Laughter," (British American Dramatic Academy), Cecelia in "The Rootwoman" (CRT Reading), Thomasina/ Chloe in "Arcadia" (Year of Science Reading Series), and Featured Ensemble in "Hair" (Connecticut Repertory Theatre).  Thanks to everyone involved!

Robert DaPonteROBERT DaPONTE is quite happy to be returning to the stage in Connecticut. Robert has been an actor for 12 years, and currently lives and works in Philadelphia.  Favorite roles in Philly include Estragon in "Waiting For Godot "(EgoPo productions), Jasper in " Heart of Gold" (PlayPenn) Larry in "Mr. Marmalade", Bobby in " American Buffalo", (Both with Theatre Exile) Lloyd in " MUD" and Prof. Broom in "The Giant Squid" (Both in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival). He studied acting at Bradford College in Haverhill, Massachusetts and The National Theater Institute in Waterford, Connecticut. Many thanks to Sean for the chance to come to West Hartford and play such a great role, to the talented cast and crew, and especially to his director Matt, as always, for his faith.

Zach RobidasZACK ROBIDAS is a founding member of At Play Productions. Zack spent six summers with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival and is a graduate of DeSales University. He has appeared on Law and Order, L&O Criminal Intent and NBC’s Kings. Other film credits include Tooth and Nail and It’s Complicated. He has also performed in NYC the past few years with Flux Theatre Ensemble and The 24 Hour Plays Company. He recently finished production on a pilot for ESPN’s website called The Leader. Zack would like to thank the love of his life for always being there for him.

 

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