News release
Public Information Office  SLU 10880  Hammond, LA 70402  phone: 985-549-2341  fax: 985-549-2061

Contact: Chrostina Chapple
Date: 7/16/02
      HAMMOND -- Kenneth Lonergan’s “This is Our Youth,” a play described by the New York Times as being “super cool entertainment,” will be staged this summer by Southeastern Louisiana University students.
       The play, starring, directed and produced by students, will run July 24-27 at Southeastern’s Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets, $5, will be available at the door.
       Faculty advisor Kay Files, director of Southeastern Theatre, said the third consecutive all-student summer production is set in New York City in 1982 and focuses on three youths who are “rich, smart and bored.”
The trio, Files said, are “living in doped-up squalor on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. They face the universal problems of growing up, the quest for identity at all costs, and the importance of having a really awesome time.”
 "This Is Our Youth" is directed by Jacob Zeringue of Bogalusa. Rusty Gregoire of Pumpkin Center is stage manager.
       Clarence Wethern of New Orleans plays Dennis, a famous painter's son, while Daniel Thomas of Ponchatoula is Warren, who has impulsively stolen $15,000 from his father. Tiffany Kuyrkendall Long of Baton Rouge rounds out the cast as  Jessica, a mixed-up fashion design student.
       “‘This Is Our Youth’ is remarkable in it's understanding of upper-class contemporary urban youth,” Files said. “It is wildly funny, bittersweet, and, ultimately, a quite moving story.”
       She said that the play, which was selected as one of Time magazine's ten best plays of 1998, contains adult themes and language. 
      "This Is Our Youth" was nominated for a Drama Desk Award, an Obie Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Lonergan's screen writing credits include Robert DeNiro's "Analyze This" and "You Can Count On Me," which won every major screen writing award in 2000.
       New York Magazine called “You Can Count On Me,” "a flawless and shattering play that young people will adore and their elders will embrace." 
       For additional information, call 985-549-3546.