Charming, mysterious, and poetic, I and You is an uplifting story about the beauty and the mystery of human connection. Lauren Gunderson won the coveted American Theatre Critics Association’s New Play Award, 2014 for this outstanding play about friendship and living life to the full.
One afternoon, Anthony arrives unexpectedly at classmate Caroline’s door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass”, and an urgent assignment from their English teacher for a poetry project. Housebound due to chronic illness, Caroline hasn’t been to school in months and is suffering from her isolation, but she is as quick and sardonic as Anthony is funny and sensitive. Caroline slowly begins to let her guard down as Anthony charms her into sharing her feelings about her life with a progressive sickness. Eventually this seemingly mundane poetry project unlocks a much deeper mystery that has brought them together on this day…
“Sharp and funny – Gunderson taps into a buoyant spirit.” –The Washington Post
“Gunderson’s gift is the best thing a play can offer: we might be better people after seeing it.“ –DC Theatre Scene
“The striking twists and turns along the progression of the rapid-paced work are astonishing, breath-taking, and mind-blowing.” – DC Metro Theater Arts