Woody Harrelson Directs Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth in Toronto, Sept. 18-Oct. 18

News   Woody Harrelson Directs Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth in Toronto, Sept. 18-Oct. 18
Woody Harrelson, who in recent years has returned to acting on the stage, will now test his hand at directing with the Canadian professional premiere of Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth.

The production, set to start at The Berkeley St. Theatre Upstairs Sept. 18, will open Sept. 22 for a run through Oct. 18.

The Toronto run of This is Our Youth is produced by macIDeas in association with Banack Awerbuck Productions, Matthew Bassett, Derrick Chua, Leron Cohen, Steven Moore, Carolyn Newman, Corey Ross and Michael Rubinoff.

The design team includes Michael Gianfrancesco (set), Kimberly Purtell (lighting), Tara Posluns (costumes) and Lyon Smith (sound).

Harrelson will direct a cast of Canadian actors including Fabrizio Filippo ("Buffy: The Vampire Slayer," "Queer As Folk"), Marya Delver ("Last Wedding," "Better Than Chocolate") and Marcello Cabezas ("Blue Murder," "Vladeck") in the work which focuses on two days in the lives of three New York teenagers in 1982.

An Academy Award nominee for his turn as the title role in the film The People Vs. Larry Flynt, Harrelson is also known for his on-screen work in "White Men Can’t Jump," "The Thin Red Line,""Ed TV," "Kingpin," "Natural Born Killers" and his eight year (Emmy Award-winning) stint as bartender Woody on television's "Cheers." The actor began his acting career on Broadway in 1985 in Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues and Off-Broadway in The Boys Next Door. After finding success in Hollywood, Harrelson returned to the theatre in 1999 — directing his own play, Furthest From the Sun in Minneapolis, Minnesota's Theatre de la Juene Lune. He then appeared in the 2000 Broadway revival of N. Richard Nash's The Rainmaker, Sam Shepard's 2001 staging of his The Late Henry Moss and in the 2002 London’s West End run of John Kolvenbach's On an Average Day opposite Kyle MacLachlan.

Playwright Lonergan has also penned Waverly Gallery and Lobby Hero for the stage as well as the Academy Award-nominated film "You Can Count On Me."

Tickets to This Is Our Youth at The Berkeley, 26 Berkeley Street in Toronto, Ontario, can be purchased by calling (416) 368-3110. For more information, visit www.thisisouryouth.ca.

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