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Kenneth Lonergan, Master Of Revival: The ‘Waverly Gallery’ Playwright On His Gift For Sadness & How To Survive It – Tony Watch Q&A

Kenneth Lonergan, Master Of Revival: The ‘Waverly Gallery’ Playwright On His Gift For Sadness & How To Survive It  – Tony Watch Q&A

In just five years, playwright, screenwriter and Oscar-nominated director (for Manchester by the Sea) Kenneth Lonergan has seen three of his earlier works – all originally staged Off Broadway – revived for Broadway, with 1996’s This Is Our Youth (the play that introduced Mark Ruffalo to New York audiences) kicking things off with a 2014 revival starring Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin. Last year’s acclaimed staging of 2001’s Lobby Hero earned three Tony nominations, and now Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery, a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2001 following its staging Off Broadway, is Tony-nominated (Best Revival/play) for the remarkable 2018 Broadway staging starring Elaine May (also Tony nominated), Lucas Hedges, Joan Allen, Cera and David Cromer. Both the play and May recently won Drama Desk awards.

And the trend has spread to London, where Lonergan’s 2009 Off Broadway play The Starry

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