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THIS IS OUR YOUTH

A Play Reading Of

THIS IS OUR YOUTH

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THIS IS OUR YOUTH- written by Kenneth Lonergan. Kenneth co-wrote the screenplays for Analyze This and Gangs of New York (2002 WGA and Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay).

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THE PLAYGROUND THEATRE

6TH JULY 2017
7:30PM

Having been thrown out by his father, Warren shows up uninvited at his friend Dennis’s Upper West Side apartment, with a case full of stolen money. Small-time drug dealer Dennis is less than pleased. The night that ensues will challenge not just their friendship, but also their values and life choices, especially with the arrival of whip-smart Jessica. Set in the hyper-wealthy, hyper-dysfunctional world of 1980s New York, Kenneth Lonergan’s savagely funny, incisive play, is as much a revelation today as it was at its premiere.

Meet The Cast

SEBASTIAN DE SOUZA

READING THE PART OF WARREN

Sebastian is currently playing the role of Edmund in Claire McCarthy’s new feature film ‘Ophelia’ opposite Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts and Clive Owen. Other feature film credits include the leading role in his self-penned feature ‘Kids In Love’ alongside Cara Delevigne and Will Poulter, and the independent British feature ‘Plastic’ opposite Emma Rigby and Thomas Kretschmann. Last year Sebastian starred in Freeform’s ‘Recovery Road’ in the lead role of Wes alongside Jessica Sula, written by Bert Royal (Easy A).

Previous to this he played series regular Alfonso of Aragon in ‘The Borgias’ opposite Jeremy Irons and Holliday Grainger. He was also recently seen as a guest lead role in ‘Crossing Lines’ NBC and ‘Maigret’ for ITV. Sebastian is well known for playing Matty in the 3rd generation of ‘Skins’.

JESSAMINE-BLISS BELL

READING THE PART OF JESSICA

Jessamine-Bliss Bell graduated from the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City in 2015.
Her film credits since graduating include playing Meghan in ‘Dragonheart: Battle For the Heartfire’ (Universal Pictures), Mandy in ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ (Columbia Pictures), Jeanne in ‘2015 Annee Quelconque’ (Les Fils De -short), Jess in ‘Smart Talks with Yayoi Kusama’ (short AirFrance TV), and Anna in ‘A Brooklyn Love Story’ (Greendore productions – short).

MORGAN WATKINS

READING THE PART OF DENNIS

Morgan Watkins was born in Camden, North London. He trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art for 3 years graduating in 2009. He has performed at The National Theatre, Almeida Theatre, and The Watford Palace Theatre. He played the leading role of Len, in The Critically Acclaimed Revival of Edward Bond’s ‘Saved’ at the Lyric Hammersmith. A year later he played Eben in ‘Desire Under the Elms’ by Eugene O’Neill also at the Lyric.

Morgan’s TV appearances include ‘The Hour’, ‘Harlots’, ‘Peep Show’, ‘The Mill’, ‘The Pity of War’, ‘Silent Witness’, ‘George Gently’, and ‘Silk’.
Morgan began his film career in ‘Wild Bill’ directed by Dexter Fletcher. His film credits include ‘Kingsman The Secret Service’, ‘Suffragette’, ‘Chicken’, ‘A Little Chaos’, ‘The Mad Axeman’, ‘Anna’, and ‘The Limehouse Golem’.

Meet The Director

Stella Powell-Jones

Stella Powell-Jones is a director based in London working in the U.K. and U.S. Recent work in the U.K. includes Associate Directing Caryl Churchill’s Escaped Alone (Royal Court/International Tour), Florian Zeller’s The Father (West End/National Tour), and access work for EXTANT—a visually impaired theatre company. In the U.S. recent credits include the world premiere of Samuel D.

Hunter’s The Healing (Theatre Breaking Through Boundaries, NYC), the West Coast premiere of Nick Jones’s Trevor b (Circle X Theatre), and Bathsheba Doran’s The Mystery of Love and Sex (Signature Theatre). Stella has developed work with The Kennedy Centre, The Huntington Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, New York Stage & Film, Playwrights Realm & Primary Stages, amongst others. Stella trained at Yale University and is represented by Rachel Viola at UTA in The U.S.

Meet The Writer

Kenneth Lonergan

Kenneth Lonergan. Plays include This is Our Youth (1996), Drama Desk Best Play nominee, 2015 Tony Award Best Revival nominee (Steppenwolf); The Waverly Gallery (2000), Pulitzer Prize finalist; Lobby Hero (2001), Drama Desk Best Play nominee, Outer Critics Circle Best Play nominee, 2002 Olivier Award nominee for Best Play during its West End run; The Starry Messenger (2009); Medieval Play (2012); and Hold On to Me Darling (2016).

His first film, You Can Count On Me (2000), which he wrote and directed, was an Academy Award and Golden Globe Nominee for Best Screenplay; it also won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, NY Film Critics Circle, LA Film Critics Circle, and Independent Spirit Award for Best Film and Best Screenplay, among numerous awards and nominations. Margaret (2011), his second film, and Margaret – Extended Edition (2012) won the European Film Critics’ FIPRESCI Award at the Vienna Film Festival and the Traverse City Film Festival Founders Prize; it received widespread critical acclaim both in the U.S. and abroad and became a cause celebre among cinema journalists and critics worldwide. Kenny also co-wrote the screenplays for Analyze This and Gangs of New York (2002 WGA and Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay). He won the 2017 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Manchester by the Sea, which he wrote and directed. He lives in New York City with his wife and frequent collaborator, actress J. Smith-Cameron, and their daughter, Nellie.

THIS IS OUR YOUTH GALLERY

PRODUCED BY: GALA GORDON
& ISABELLA MACPHERSON OF PLATFORM PRESENTS