'This Is Our Youth' coming to Hole in the Wall Theater

Published on Friday, 27 November 2020 14:48
Written by Ciara Hooks


NEW BRITAIN- New Britain’s Hole in the Wall Theater will be streaming its next online production “This Is Our Youth” on December 11 and 12.

“This Is Our Youth” was written by Kenneth Lonergan, and will be directed by Terrance J. Peters.

“Kenneth Lonergan has done quite a few number of stage plays, as well as, like films. The most recent one audiences are familiar with is Manchester by the Sea he’s like the main writer on that,” said Peters.

Set in Upper West Side of Manhattan in 1982 This Is Our Youth follows forty-eight hours of three very lost young souls between precipice of adolescence and all that comes after: Warren Straub (played by C.S Dunn), a dejected nineteen-year-old who steals fifteen thousand dollars from his abusive lingerie-tycoon father; Dennis Ziegler (played by Tim Adams), the charismatic domineering drug-dealing friend who helps him put the money to good use; and Jessica Goldman (played by Sarah Thorn), the anxiously insightful young woman Warren yearns for. Armed only with the ideas and techniques they developed as teenagers-ideas and techniques far more sophisticated than their parents ever realize, and far less effectual than they themselves can possibly imagine.

“While the plot drives forward on how we do this it’s really an investigation on what we feel like versus how we actually are and that kind of turning point of our lives of assuming responsibility of learning how to survive on our own and how much we actually handle independence versus the reliance we have on both the people around us and the people who surround outside of that circle,” said Peters.

HITW’s production of This Is Our Youth will be starring Tim Adams (Bristol), C.S. Dunn (Hartford), and Sarah Thorn (Ridgefield).

“I’ve been working on this production since about September,” said Peters.” My producer and I were getting an idea like hey what if we were to try to not just create this play, but also take a high production value to filming it and streaming it.”

The show will be filmed as a full on theatrical production.

“Putting on a full on production and then filming that for an audience has been sort of our ambitious goal. I think we’re going to deliver on that so I’m excited,” said Peters. “They’ve memorized the lines, they’ve been doing it all as one take the final product the audience is going to see is exactly that experience jumping around the different seating angles so that way they get the prime experience of being in the theater.”

Putting the production together during the pandemic has not been easy.

“It certainly has been a bit of labor of love from everyone involved not for just creating the production with how limited some faculty are, but also maximizing safety which was our priority. If there was any risk to any of the members involved we just wouldn’t feel good moving forward with this,” said Peters. “We’ve been able to use a leverage of social distancing protocols, of making sure we’re limiting the amount of people in the theater, as well as, the fact that Connecticut has such active testing centers to make sure that we’re moving along safely. The cool thing is that the filming would not indicate otherwise that the actors are doing their job in a pandemic because of the fact we’ve been able to leverage testing and make sure that they’re the only ones maskless in the environment. But at the same time looking back at some of our earlier rehearsals we were having them practice diction and delivery and all that while also wearing masks the entire time making sure we were staying safe. It was certainly a challenge, but one we’ve overcome.”

Tickets can be purchased online from Hole in the Wall’s website www.hitw.org a link to the video stream will be sent and you’ll have access for 24 hours. HITW is hoping to host a virtual launch party.

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Friday, 27 November 2020 14:48. Updated: Friday, 27 November 2020 14:50.