One afternoon, Anthony arrives unexpectedly at classmate Caroline's door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, an urgent assignment from their English teacher. Homebound due to illness, Caroline hasn't been to school in months, but she is as quick and sardonic as Anthony is athletic, sensitive, and popular. As these two let down their guards 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.
SET: A realistic teen girl's bedroom.
NOTES: Optional adult language.
ANTHONY, a boy, 17. He is neat, poised, mature for his age, Afircan-American.
CAROLING, a girl, 17. She is sick but mainly looks a little weak. She doesn't go out. She is cynical. White.
"A charming, thought-provoking surprise." —The North Bay Bohemian
"There's no way to reveal why I and You is phenomenal, because it happens so fast you almost don't know what's happening. Which makes the ending even more stunning." —Leah Stacy, (585) Magazine
"I'm not sure when the last time I went to a live theater performance and left it thinking 'I need to tell everyone about this!' That's the way I feel about I and You." —Jane Sutter, Democrat & Chronicle
"Unforgettable. The end will leave you gasping." —Patricia Leslie, Washington Speaks
"The striking twists and turns along the progression of the rapid-paced work are astonishing, breath-taking, and mind-blowing." —Amanda Gunther, DC Metro Theater Arts
"...a validation of the human experience, and of the triumph of life over death. Gunderson's gift is the best thing a play can offer: we might be better people after seeing it." —Tim Treanor, DC Theatre Scene
"...sharp and funny. Gunderson taps into a buoyant spirit...the touching 'barbaric yawp' (Whitman's phrase) of these two deeply engaging kids." —Nelson Pressle, The Washington Post
Playscripts Inc., 2014
Paper (acting edition), 50 pages