Wharton Center is buzzing as the opening for the play I and You draws near. ‘A Wharton Center Production’ has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? A performance that is produced and directed inside the walls of Wharton itself is something we hold special. We are proud to present a play by the country’s most-produced playwright, Lauren Gunderson. This story is funny and a touching ode to youth, life, love, and the beauty of human connectedness.
As a college student, along with finding my professional path and “who I want to be when I grow up,” I can relate to the story. I have also felt the struggles of being in touch with those people that you pass by every day, making friends in a new, or even familiar, place can be extremely daunting. Having that place to connect to someone on such a personal level is what interests me most about experiencing I and You.
What makes having this show even more perfect is having Michigan State University alum, Gregory Hunter, in the lead role. You may have seen him in the Department of Theatre’s Dog Act, The Misanthrope, and We Foxes. More recent credits include A Year With Frog and Toad and Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds at Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta.
Taking place on Wharton Center’s Pasant Theater stage, I and You tells the story of an afternoon. A boy, Anthony, arrives unexpectedly at classmate Caroline’s door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, with an urgent assignment from their English teacher. Homebound, Caroline hasn’t been to school in months, but she is as quick and funny as Anthony is athletic, sensitive, and popular. As these two let down their guards and share their secrets, this poetry project unlocks the deep mystery that has brought them together.
When we see you at Wharton Center for one of the two performances of I and You, know that the person sitting next to you could be going through the same social anxiety of finding a friend and keeping them around. So, don’t forget to introduce yourself to your neighbor and let them know they have a friend in you…maybe a coffee is in your future!
I and You is playing March 22 and 24 at Wharton Center. $19 student tickets are available. You can purchase tickets here. Don’t forget to also like us on Facebook here and follow our Instagram here and our Twitter here.