Described as ‘America’s greatest living playwright’ (Wall Street Journal), Kenneth Lonergan is internationally acclaimed for his trademark humour and his genius for capturing the real heart and soul of human interactions. This volume gathers together three of his landmark plays.
This Is Our Youth (1996) is a wildly funny, bittersweet and lacerating look at three days in the lives of three affluent young Manhattanites in the 1980s. Its West End premiere in 2002 was notable for its successive casts of young Hollywood stars, including Casey Affleck, Matt Damon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anna Paquin and Summer Phoenix. ‘A rambunctious and witty play… caustic, cruel, compassionate’ The New York Times.
The Waverly Gallery (1999) is a poignant, generous and frequently hilarious play about a feisty grandmother’s last battle against Alzheimer’s disease. More than a memory play, it captures the humour and strength of a family in the face of crisis. It was a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and revived on Broadway in 2018 to widespread acclaim. ‘Both one of the most beautiful things you’ll ever see in a Broadway theatre and one of the most profoundly sad’ Chicago Tribune.
Lobby Hero (2001) tells the story of a luckless young security guard trying to get his life together after being thrown out of the navy. But working in a lobby proves to be no sanctuary from the world, as he is unwittingly drawn into a murder investigation. The play received its British premiere at the Donmar Warehouse, London, in 2002, and was also revived on Broadway in 2018. ‘Artfully intertwines private and public issues… [Lonergan] has the lightest of touches and writes with deft humour’ Guardian.
Kenneth Lonergan is an American film director, playwright and screenwriter. He wrote and directed the films You Can Count On Me, Margaret and Manchester by the Sea, for which he won the 2017 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. This collection, published alongside the UK premiere of Lonergan’s The Starry Messenger in 2019, also features an exclusive introduction by the author.
‘Lonergan’s ear for the crosscurrents of love and recrimination, of accusation and confession, is as fine as that of any American dramatist’ Washington Post