I and You
I and You
by Lauren Gunderson
Confined to her home with a serious illness, seventeen-year-old Caroline first encounters classmate Anthony as an unwelcome visitor, when he arrives at her bedroom door to deliver her English homework. But as they spar over Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, they spark an unexpected connection – a connection that leads to a breathtaking twist in the play’s final moments, revealing the extraordinary nature of their bond.
Gunderson was recently designated “the most-produced living playwright in America” by American Theatre magazine, thanks in part to the broad popularity of I and You, which received the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award in 2014.
“It’s easy to understand how I and You has developed such a strong following,” says Kevin Dreyer, FTT’s Director of Theatre. “Gunderson’s language rings true to these teenage characters, even as they grapple with ideas that they are uncomfortable talking about.”
FTT’s production, directed by faculty member Carys Kresny, features an additional twist – in order to enhance the intimate experience of the production, audience members will be seated on the Decio Stage rather than in the auditorium. “FTT has a history of reimagining space in our smaller venue, the Philbin Studio Theatre,” says Dreyer, “and we are all excited to explore the possibilities in the much-larger Decio.”