Dennis—with a famous painter father and social activist mother—is a small-time drug dealer and total mess. His hero-worshipping friend Warren has just impulsively stolen $15,000 from his father, an abusive lingerie tycoon. 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 seduction. A wildly funny, bittersweet, and moving story, This Is Our Youth is as trenchant as it was upon its acclaimed premiere in 1996.
About the Author
Kenneth Lonergan is a playwright, screenwriter, and director. His work for film includes writing and directing You Can Count on Me, Margaret, and Manchester by the Sea, and co-writing Gangs of New York. He earned the Academy Award and the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay for Manchester by the Sea and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for You Can Count on Me and Gangs of New York, among other accolades. In 2019, Lonergan was awarded the inaugural PEN/Mike Nichols Writing for Performance Award. His plays include This is Our Youth (available from Overlook), The Waverly Gallery, and Lobby Hero.