Fifteen minutes before he took off for the Roundabout Theatre to receive his Theatre World Award as one of the season's most promising newcomers, L.A. Actor Mark Ruffalo got an offer to repeat his prize winning performance in an open-ended Off-Broadway run of Kenneth Lonergan's slacker comedy, This Is Our Youth.
At the time (June 1997), producers Barry and Fran Weissler (Grease!) were planning to install the play Off-Broadway -- either in the Lucille Lortel or the Westside Theatre -- and they had offers out to the rest of the original cast: Josh Hamilton and Missy Yager. However, reached Jan. 13, a spokesperson from the Pete Sanders press office told Playbill On-Line there was "no information" on plans for the show's reopening. (The Lortel is currently housing As Bees In Honey Drown, while I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change and Mind Games play at the Westside.)
Mark Brokaw, who won an Obie and a Drama Desk Award for directing Paula Vogel's How I Learned To Drive, staged the piece originally for The New Group on Theatre Row and would repeat the chore for the Weissler resurrection.
This would be the third play -- after Mike Leigh's Ecstasy and Stephen bill's Curtains -- to get and open-ended engagement after a lift-off by The New Group.