I AND YOU
By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Rick Dildine
April 23 – May 3, 2020
Octagon Stage | 90 minutes; no intermission
Recommended ages 17+
One afternoon, Anthony arrives unexpectedly at Caroline’s door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass and an urgent homework assignment from their English teacher. Even though Caroline hasn’t been to school in months, she is as quick and sardonic as Anthony is athletic, sensitive, and popular. As these two let down their guard and share their secrets, this seemingly mundane poetry project unlocks a much deeper mystery that has brought them together. I and You is an ode to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness.
“…sharp and funny. Gunderson taps into a buoyant spirit…the touching ‘barbaric yawp’ (Whitman’s phrase) of these two deeply engaging kids.” –The Washington Post