Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin, two of the hottest young stars in film and TV, will be making their Broadway debuts in Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth. The play about three privileged but alienated college students on Manhattan’s Upper West Side will play Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company beginning performances June 10 in advance of a June 18 opening for a limited run through July 27. Youth will then transfer to Broadway’s Cort Theatre, with previews beginning Aug. 18 for a Sept. 11 opening. The third role will be played by Tavi Gevinson, a 17-year-old high school student from Oak Park, Ill., whose web fashion magazine, Rookie, has turned her into a new media sensation.
The play will be directed by Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro (August: Osage County), currently represented by Of Mice and Men starring James Franco, Chris O’Dowd, and Leighton Meester, three actors also making their Broadway debuts.
Cera first came to prominence through the cult TV series Arrested Development. Since then he has starred in the hit films Superbad, Juno, and Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World. Culkin went from a small role opposite his brother Macaulay in Home Alone to starring in Igby Goes Down and Scott Pilgrim with Cera. He also acted Off-Broadway in The Moment When, After Ashley and Suburbia. Cera and Kulkin previously appeared in a different production of Youth in Sydney, Australia. Gevinson, who will be making her stage debut, appeared in the romantic film comedy Enough Said.
The play was first presented Off-Broadway by The New Group in 1996 at the Intar Theatre and starred Josh Hamilton, Mark Ruffalo and Missy Yeager. This is Longeran’s first work to be presented on Broadway. His other plays include Lobby Hero, The Waverly Gallery and The Starry Messenger. He was nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay for You Can Count on Me, which he also directed. His additional screen credits include Gangs of New York, Analyze This and its sequel Analyze That.
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