Florence – The Francis Marion University Theatre presents playwright Kenneth Lonergan’s “This is Our Youth” Thursday-Saturday, February 22-24, in the Fine Arts Theatre in the Hyman Fine Arts Center on the FMU campus.
Performances begin at 8 p.m. and admission is free, but reservations are required.
Lonergan’s “This is Our Youth” is a story about three youths, two males and one female, who live in upper West Side Manhattan. The three characters in the play, Warren, Dennis and Jessica, are disconnected from their parents as well as from the world, but they spend time together making light of their miserable lives.
Dennis and Warren’s parents’ plight from have-nothing liberals to people of means only increases their troubled youths’ problems.
Dennis and Warren turn to drugs as a refuge from their prep school upbringing and absentee and/or abusive parents. Jessica is a friend of Dennis’ girlfriend.
Warren and Jessica meet at Dennis’ apartment, paid for by his parents. The trio discuss drugs, politics, relationships and other topics over the two-day period during which the play occurs.
The action unfolds when Warren reveals he has stolen $15,000 from his rich father, who has kicked him out of the house. Dennis, the cleverer of the two, spends some of the money on cocaine in hopes of selling it for a profit. Jessica spends the night at Dennis’ apartment, and she and Warren end up in a sexual relationship, even though they’ve just met.
To obtain tickets for the play, call the box office at 843-661-1365, Monday through Friday, between 1 and 5 p.m.
Warren: Lance Butler of Pamplico
Dennis: Will McNamara of Columbia
Jessica: Jessica Maggard of Sumter
Director D. Keith Best, associate theater professor of Florence
Assistant director, FMU Mass Communications student Nikki Hemingway of Loris
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