Midtwenties Theatre Society to Stage THIS IS OUR YOUTH This Summer
Newly formed Vancouver theatre company, Midtwenties Theatre Society, is proud to present their first offering to the Vancouver arts community, This Is Our Youth, from Friday, July 14 to Monday, July 17; Wednesday, July 19; and Friday, July 21 to Sunday, July 23 at the Red Gate Revue Stage on Granville Island.
A play by American dramatist and screenwriter, Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea), This Is Our Youth is a brilliant, darkly humorous, bittersweet portrait of youth poised on the cusp of the scary, disillusioning path to adulthood. In Trump-era New York City, three privileged Upper West Side kids - the swaggering, drug-dealing Dennis; his dispirited, free-thinking best friend and whipping boy, Warren; and confused, self-conscious fashion student Jessica - hang out, smoke pot, scheme for cash, challenge each other, and make tentative steps towards an authentic, vulnerable connection, all in a period of less than twenty-four hours in Dennis' apartment.
A directorial debut for Midtwenties Theatre Society's Beau Han Bridge (CBC's The Romeo Section, ABC's Imaginary Mary), This Is Our Youth features Tsawwassen's Mackenzie Cardwell (CW's Supernatural) as Jessica, Edmonton-born/Vancouver-basEd Quinn Hinch (TLC's Untold Stories of the E.R.) in his theatre debut as Warren, and recent Studio 58 graduate, Zack Currie (Angels in America) as Dennis.
"For me, rarely is there a play that proves to be a 'mirror' that stands against time," says Midtwenties Theatre Society's Artistic Director, Beau Han Bridge. "One of these plays is Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth. Aside from the eternally beautiful depiction of adolescence that this play portrays through its three incredibly complex characters, what drove me to debut this play is its horrifically accurate depiction of the millennial mentalities that defines our 'politically-correct' 2017 world."
IF YOU GO:
THIS IS OUR YOUTH
Director: Beau Han Bridge
Managing Director: Roxana Hagen
Assistant Director: Stephanie Cho
Performers: Zack Currie, Quinn Hinch, & Mackenzie Cardwell
Set & Lighting Design: Beau Han Bridge
Stage Manager: Albert Steven Tsai
Tech Manager: Mariessa McLeod
Midtwenties Theatre Society is the newest addition to Vancouver's theatre community. The non-profit company was established by Canadian-Chinese actor, filmmaker and director, Beau Han Bridge. Bridge became interested in filmmaking during his time at SFU, and his motivation to further explore film came when his short film, Love Is All, garnered a "Royal Reel Award" at the 2016 Canada International Film Festival, a competition for first-time filmmakers. His passion for theatre, which he developed in high school after an unfortunate mountain biking accident, and his drive to create and present innovative works that draw upon contemporary issues and themes less explored amongst mainstream theatre led him to create Midtwenties Theatre Society. This Is Our Youth is Bridge's directorial debut for theatre. Go to www.mtstheatre.com.
Photo Credit: Ken Thorne