Theater Season Opens With “I and You”

Posted on 9/18/2015 10:55:07 AM

Theater-by-the-Grove at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present I and You as its opening production of the season. This award-winning play by Lauren Gunderson will be performed September 24–26 and September 30–October 3 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, September 27, at 2:00 p.m. Performances will take place on the Waller Hall Mainstage of IUP’s Performing Arts Center.

I and You is a provocative play about the strange and transcendent connections between us all, bringing a collective conversation to audiences of all ages

Only in high school would two completely unconnected people—cranky, chronically ill Caroline and levelheaded basketball star Anthony—be paired to collaborate on a project. Their assignment is to deconstruct a poem about the interconnectivity of everything. But, as the two teens cram to finish their presentation on Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, they eventually how to work together and much more.

Gunderson is a playwright, screenwriter, and short story author from Atlanta, Georgia. She received her BA in English and creative writing at Emory University and her MFA in dramatic writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. At Tisch, she was also a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Gunderson was awarded the prestigious Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for I and You.

The play is directed by Carrie Cole, a member of the theater faculty at IUP where she focuses on integrative theater studies. She has also taught at the University of Arizona’s School of Theatre, Film, and Television. Cole received her BA in theater from Willamette University, MA from Arizona State, and PhD from the University of Maryland.

Tickets for I and You are available online or the Lively Arts’ ticketing site. They are also available during the day at the Hadley Union Building, located on Pratt Drive of the IUP campus. Tickets may also be purchased with a credit card by calling the HUB Box Office at 724-357-1313. Seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance. 

General admission tickets are priced at $15 for regular admission, $12 for senior citizens and groups of 15 or more, and $10 for students and children. 

For more information, contact the Lively Arts at 724-357-2787 or e-mail lively-arts@iup.edu. Theater-by-the-Grove is produced by the Department of Theater and Dance and the College of Fine Arts. It is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association. 

Pictured below are,  left to right in chairs: Brian Kane, Ray Solis; and left to right on the floor, Riva Walker and Rachel Wingfield.

Cast members of "I and You"

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September 24, 2015
8:00 p.m.

Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center

September 25, 2015
8:00 p.m.

Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center

September 26, 2015
8:00 p.m.

Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center

September 27, 2015
2:00 p.m.

Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center

September 30, 2015
8:00 p.m.

Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center

October 1, 2015
8:00 p.m.

Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center

October 2, 2015
8:00 p.m.

Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center

October 3, 2015
8:00 p.m.

Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center

Lauren Gunderson’s haunting I and You, a play about the strange and transcendent connection between us all, won the 2014 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award.

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For more information, visit I and You, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.