I And You

By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by JoAnn Johnson

May 20, 2018 – June 17, 2018

Morrison Stage

Two teens – a sick and snarky girl who hates poetry, and a sweet and sporty boy who just wants to get his class work  project done  – are thrust together to work on a school project about Walt Whitman’s poems. Like boxers in a ring, the mismatched pair spar their way through Whitman's epic Song of Myself into an uneasy friendship. With growing urgency and searing poignancy, I and You is a funny, tender and surprising journey about the strange beauty of human connectedness.  

  • Revelatory Drama
  • 2014 Steinberg American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award
  • 2014 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
  • 2016 Dramatist Guild Award Winner
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Blake Stone ±


Emily Eisele ±


± Equity Membership Candidate


Lauren Gunderson


JoAnn Johnson +^


Scenic Designer: Tim Stapleton

Costume Designer: Alex Pletcher

Lighting Designer: Kristeen Crosser #

Sound Designer: Sharath Patel ^

Resident Stage Manager: Michelle Jazuk +^

Props Master: Emily Wilken

Dramaturg: Luan Schooler

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

# The scenic, costume, lighting, projection & sound designers are represented by United Scenic Artists

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist


"Everything’s primed for pathos, yet 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

"I and You is a valentine to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness." - Broadway World Indianapolis

"Gunderson's genius lies in revealing the toughness and vulnerability of her mismatched characters." - Indy Week

"I and You lets you lay your burdens down, that your soul may be light enough to rise on its column of love." - CVNC

"Big-hearted and simple, I and You is one of the most life-affirming plays you'll currently see onstage." - TheaterMania

"Gunderson, currently the most produced living playwright in America, crafts a delicate, often funny, sometimes beautiful, and ultimately heartbreaking story, one that teenagers will like but which has a profound effect on older audiences as well." - Broad Street Review

Check out this interview with the playwright here!

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PREVIEW WEEK: May 20 & 22-25 @ 7:30pm

  • 5/20: Sunday Sounday! Come early to listen to music by a favorite local artist. This performance is PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN.
  • 5/22: Ten Buck Tue$day! Tickets are only $10.
  • 5/23: Wine Down Wednesday! Enjoy a glass of wine on us before the show.
  • 5/24: Pizza Love Thursday! FREE slice of Hot Lips Pizza when you come see the show.
  • 5/25: Happy Hour Friday! Have a beer on us before the performance.

Post show discussions follow the matinees on May 27, June 6, 10 & 17.

An Oregon Psychoanalytic Center post show discussion will follow the June 3 matinee.  

June 16, 2pm performance includes open captioning.

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