When Tavi Gevinson touched on her hopes and dreams for the future in this awesome profile we just happened to publish last fall, Broadway star was not mentioned at all. Now we feel cheated, hurt, and lied to, because the Chicago Tribune is reporting that Gevinson will make her Broadway debut this fall in the latest rendition of Kenneth Lonergan’s 1996 play This Is Our Youth. The Rookie empress will play opposite cherubic boytoys Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin—who starred together in a Sydney production of the play in 2012—as three rich, jaded Manhattanites being young and fucked up in an Upper West Side apartment in 1982. Gevinson, who made her acting debut last year in Nicole Holofcener’s Enough Said, will play a 17-year old “anxiously insightful” fashion student who comes over and is sucked into the portal of dejection and manipulation of the two other boys. She had this to say about the part:
“I guess Jessica is often played by people who are older and have more distance from that time. But I am living it. I really am cocksure of all my opinions, and I really do feel anxious when challenged. My issue, I think, will be having to zoom out of what I actually am experiencing.”
The play, which is to be directed by Anna D. Shapiro (currently directing James Franco and Chris O’Dowd on Broadway in Of Mice and Men) will make its debut at Chicago’s legendary Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre on June 10, and then reopen in Broadway’s Cort Theater on August 18th. This means that Gevinson will miss her last few weeks of high school, which is a shame, because if anyone needs to pass algebra, it’s her.