Jan. 9, 2018 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The GRCC Players will re-create the Reagan era in "This Is Our Youth" by Kenneth Lonergan.
Carrie McNulty, a Grand Rapids Community College acting instructor, will direct the play, which will be presented at 8 p.m. Jan. 11 to 13 in the lab space (room 201) of Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE.
The play follows 48 hours in the lives of three young people living on Manhattan's Upper West Side at the dawn of the Reagan era.
"'This Is Our Youth' is a play that takes place in 1982, but -- minus a few '80s references -- could easily be written to take place in 2018," McNulty said. "The three characters are between the ages of 19 and 21, and I think there are many universal issues felt at that age. It's a unique time in a young person's life when you are trying to transition from young adult to more mature adult."
GRCC students David Dekens, Anthony Snead and Hope Swanson make up the cast, and Joni Hodsdon serves as production stage manager.
McNulty noted that the actors are the same ages as the characters they portray, and the intimate setting of the theater's lab space brings them in close proximity to their audience.
"We have had in-depth, hilarious, heart-wrenching and brutally honest conversations about where they were, where they are, and where they might be headed in life," she said of her cast. "The transparency with which we've shared stories and feelings has only brought more detail and depth to their work onstage."
In addition to the performances on Jan. 11 to 13, the final dress rehearsal will be open to the public: 8 p.m. Jan. 10. Tickets for all the shows are $5 for GRCC students, $8 for other area students and GRCC faculty and staff, and $12 for the public. The play contains graphic language and strong content. Call (616) 234-3946 for tickets and more information.
The GRCC Players final performance of the 2017-2018 season will be "Dead Man's Cell Phone" by Sarah Ruhl on March 29 to 31.
Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.