Preview: “This is Our Youth” grooves into Washburn

Colleen Kelly

Washburn is about to get funky.

“This is Our Youth,” a play by Kenneth Lonergan, is hitting Washburn April 15.

The story follows Dennis and Warren, played by Alexander Laughlin and CJ Williams respectively, two 19 year olds in 1980s Manhattan.

When Warren leaves home after having stolen $15,000 from his abusive father, he moves in with Dennis. While Dennis attempts to use the money to sell cocaine and get even richer, Warren tries to seduce a young fashion student named Jessica, played by Darria Dennison. The story follows the teens as they stumble their way through the last of their adolescence against the backdrop of a Reagan Era America.

Directed by Penelope Weiner, associate professor of theatre, the production will run at 7:30 p.m. April 15, 16, 22 and 23, and at 2 p.m. April 24. The show will take place in the Andrew J. & Georgia Neese Gray Theatre of the Garvey Fine Arts Center. General admission is $8 and free to students and faculty with a WU ID.