Find out how tough it is being rich, smart and bored.
January 28, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.—Transformed into an Upper West Side apartment in New York City, the Bartlett Theatre is where three Hobart and William Smith students will “like, totally, whatever” encounter drugs and love while grappling with uncertain futures in the performance of “This is Our Youth.”
The portrayal of three twenty-somethings on the fringe, written by Kenneth Lonergan, will be performed at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, and Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1 and 2, in Bartlett Theatre, Coxe Hall, on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus.
Shifting between wisecracking comedy and moving drama, “This is Our Youth” is a picture of wealthy young New Yorkers coming to terms with their lives in the 1980s. The three disillusioned Upper West Side kids have parents who went from being have-nothing liberals to financial have-it-alls with troubled family relationships that left their children on a treadmill to nowhere.
Lonergan is a prominent young American playwright who is noted for his lively dialogue and complex character portraits. He has received an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay for the movie “You Can Count On Me,” as well as praise for his direction.
Timothy M. Mooney, of Clinton, N.Y., a Hobart sophomore, plays Warren, a troubled young man with an abusive father who runs to his best friend, Dennis, for protection, only to become involved in a complicated drug scheme. Dennis is played by Evan A. Griswold, a Hobart junior from Ashland, Ohio. Warren finds himself falling in love with Jessica, played by Jennifer V. Cunningham, a William Smith senior from Brooklyn, N.Y. Jessica is a young woman who is no less uncertain of herself than Warren is.
The production is directed by Robert F. Gross, director of theatre and professor of English at Hobart and William Smith Colleges since 1987. In 2000, Gross was awarded the Faculty Teaching Prize for his work as a demanding, serious, and engaged teacher and director.
Admission is $5 for the general public; students may attend for free. The production comes with a warning that the play contains drug use, sexual situations, filthy language, and politically incorrect sentiments.
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