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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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Video: Student work: 'This Is Our Youth'


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Chris Ghaffari '12 directs Theatre Intime's production of Kenneth Lonergan's play, which is being presented Nov. 11-13 and 18-20 in Murray-Dodge Hall. Read more.


Video Closed Captions

Cameron McLain:
There can be no floor without the sky. Blue darkening of the deepest, deepest kind.

Cameron McLain:
All you know is one day you will die.

Chris Ghaffari:
I'm Chris Ghaffari, and I'm the director of "This is Our Youth." I chose the play for

Chris Ghaffari:
a lot of reasons. First, it's a play about kids our age. And what's really cool about

Chris Ghaffari:
it is that we have actors who are playing their age.

Lindsey Rose Aguero-Sinclair:
I'm Lindsey Rose. I'm playing Jessica in "This Is Our Youth." Jessica is an aspiring fashion designer.

Lindsey Rose Aguero-Sinclair:
She's my age. She's living in the city. She goes to F.I.T.

Matt Seely:
I'm Matt Seely. I'm playing Warren Straub in "This Is Our Youth." I think it just speaks

Matt Seely:
to what were doing now and what we're doing here at college. We don't have to know what

Matt Seely:
we're going to do. Everything we're doing is building to that.

Dan Yawitz:
My name is Dan Yawitz. I'm playing Dennis Ziegler in "This Is Our Youth." Dennis is

Dan Yawitz:
a 21-year-old college dropout in 1982, living in a one-bedroom apartment in the Upper West

Dan Yawitz:
Side of Manhattan, which his parents pay for, and he just sort of lives off of selling drugs.

Dan Yawitz:
His best friend is Warren Straub, who, during the play, comes to crash with him for a little while.

Chris Ghaffari:
Rehearsing has been interesting, because we have been able to draw on some of the experiences

Chris Ghaffari:
of our actors.

Lindsey Rose Aguero-Sinclair :
Certain circumstances are very similar. I mean, being from New York, going to a private school.

Dan Yawitz:
He's a white, Jewish, upper-middle-class guy from the Upper West Side of Manhattan,

Dan Yawitz:
oddly similar to myself.

Chris Ghaffari:
With the set, we wanted to create a small space. We wanted to give the actors minimal space

Chris Ghaffari:
and force the characters to deal with each other.

Matt Seely:
Because there's usually only two of us on stage at any given time, we can play around

Matt Seely:
with the space that we're given. We don't have to coordinate all of our movements. It's

Matt Seely:
nice. It's freeing. Even though it's a small space, it's very freeing to be natural.

Dan Yawitz:
I think this play is incredibly relevant to Princeton students. It's a play about kids

Dan Yawitz:
who have come from means but don't really take advantage of what they have, and at Princeton

Dan Yawitz:
we're really in a place where we have so much and so much is at our fingertips, but what

Dan Yawitz:
we choose to do with that and how we choose to use that is really up to us. So, I think

Dan Yawitz:
that the play could be seen as a challenge to Princeton students to use what we have

Dan Yawitz:
and make the best of what we have.

Lindsey Rose Aguero-Sinclair:
This is our youth.

Matt Seely:
This is our youth.

Dan Yawitz:
This is our youth.

[music]

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