How exciting is this? Michael Cera, wowlebrity-in-law Kieran Culkin, and Rookie magazine editor/teen style guru Tavi Gevinson TOGETHER… ON BROADWAY…. Why, it’s a hipster’s wet dream! Any ONE of them on Broadway would be a cause for celebration, BUT ALL THREE? I’m standing in line at Ticketmaster AS I TYPE THIS. Also: I don’t want to publicly state that Kieran Culkin is THE HOTTEST CULKIN, but between you and me… KIERAN CULKIN IS THE HOTTEST CULKIN, OMG. And we so rarely see him. This is HUGE! SEISMIC! LIFE-CHANGING!
According to Wikipedia, the Kenneth Lonergan play takes place in the apartment of Dennis Zeigler (played by Cera) on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in March, 1982. Dennis’s humpy friend Warren Straub (Culkin), a dejected 19-year-old, has just been kicked out of his house and stolen $15,000 from his abusive lingerie-tycoon father. Dennis, the more wily and domineering of the two, spends some of the money on cocaine, hoping to sell it to a friend for much more. Jessica Goldman (Gevinson), an “anxiously insightful” fashion student, comes over and Warren hopes that he can use the money to entice her into bed.
“We’ve been wanting to do it together forever, and it just finally all lined up,” Michael Cera told The New York Times Arts Beat. “As it turns out,” he added, “stage productions are a hard thing to bring together.”
Mr. Cera was first introduced to This Is Our Youth by Mr. Culkin in 2010 on the set of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Almost immediately, Mr. Cera said, he was struck by “the language and authenticity” of Mr. Lonergan’s writing. “I’ve since explored most of Kenny’s work,” he said, “and everything he’s written has this ability to leave you feeling completely gutted at the end. But not in a way that is dismal. It leaves you with this burst of emotion that you can really hang onto and carry with you.”
From the Times:
“This Is Our Youth,” which will be directed by Anna D. Shapiro, will have its premiere in June at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago before transferring to Broadway’s Cort Theater later in the summer. (It is to begin previews there on Aug. 18 and open on Sept. 11. Its limited run is scheduled to end on Jan. 4.)
Mr. Cera will play the character of Warren, a young man who has stolen $15,000 from his father, and Mr. Culkin will play his self-absorbed drug-dealing friend, Dennis. (The original 1996 production of the play starred Mark Ruffalo as Warren and Josh Hamilton as Dennis.)
The revival will also feature the Broadway debut of Tavi Gevinson, the Rookie magazine editor and actress, who will play Jessica, a young woman on whom Warren has set his sights.
Mr. Cera praised Ms. Gevinson for her “very real” performance in the romantic comedy “Enough Said,” adding that he and his co-stars were just about to “jump into the play, so we’re going to really see what it feels like when we all get in there.”
Looking ahead to the rigors of an eight-show week, Mr. Cera said: “I’m really excited about how psychedelic that’s going to get. Everything you can possibly feel during a production will come up. I think it’s all going to happen.”