‘This Is Our Youth’ debuts at 6th Street Playhouse Nov. 1
Play highlights counterculture of New York in 1980s
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Main Stage West will present “This Is Our Youth,” Kenneth Lonergan’s dark comedy about 1980s morality, youth and counterculture in America. The production, directed by Keith Baker, runs November 1-17 at Main Stage West, 104 North Main Street in Sebastopol.

The story is set in 1982 on Manhattan's Upper West Side, as wealthy, articulate, pot-smoking teenagers who were small children in the '60s have emerged as young adults in a country that has just resoundingly rejected everything they were brought up to believe in. 

The very last wave of New York City's '60s-style liberalism has come of age – and there's nowhere left to go. “This Is Our Youth” follows 48 hours of three very lost young souls in the big city at the dawn of the Reagan Era.

Kenneth Lonergan is an award winning playwright, screenwriter and director. 

His other plays include “Lobby Hero,” a Drama Desk best play nominee, and “The Waverly Gallery,” which was nominated for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize. “This Is Our Youth” was also a Drama Desk best play nominee. 

His screen credits include “You Can Count On Me,” the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner, and “Gangs of New York,” which won the 2002 Academy Award for screen writing.

Show times are 8 p.m. on Nov. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and16, and 5 p.m. on Nov. 3, 10 and 11.

Tickets range from $15-$25, including “pay what you will” at the door on Thursdays. Reservations can be made by calling (707) 823-0177 or by going to www.mainstagewest.com.

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