I and You

by Lauren Gunderson

STREAMING TO YOUR STUDENTS
MARCH 8 – 21, 202
1

$5 per person
Run time: 90 minutes with no intermission.
Recommended for Grades 7 and up

Call (207)782-2211 or email us to get tickets for your class.

If your school needs financial assistance for this programming, please let us know.

High school seniors Caroline and Anthony have more in common than they know. She’s a smart, snarky teenager with a medical condition that has stopped her from attending school, and he’s a popular athlete and academic superstar with a passion for jazz. Mysteriously forced together to complete a book report, they discover a shocking secret that will connect them forever. Joyful and heartbreaking, I AND YOU carries an uplifting message for this moment in time when we all miss being connected.


I can honestly say that in 26 years of offering student matinees at The Public Theatre, I AND YOU, might be the most relevant and resonant play we have ever presented for students.

Imagine your class watching a play where the characters are two racially diverse high school students who spend their day discussing, dissecting, and celebrating Walt Whitman’s poem, “Leaves of Grass”, while they humorously and poignantly banter about cell phones, selfies, and teen-age self-esteem.


 

I and You Streaming March 8-21

Click above for a sneak peek at I and You


 

Last year over 500 students had tickets to attend our production of I AND YOU at The Public Theatre.  Unfortunately, due to COVID, we had to cancel the show on the day we were scheduled to open it. Only our preview audiences had the pleasure of seeing the play. They laughed, they wept and cheered the production. Their comments about the show are included in the “Sneak Peek video above.

Before we sent our actors home to New York, we recorded a private performance to give ourselves closure on this wonderful experience. We recently gained permission to share this special video with you and your students via a private viewing link for only $5 per person.

Click above for a sneak peek at I and You


 

I and You

by Lauren Gunderson

STREAMING TO YOUR STUDENTS
MARCH 8 – 21, 202
1

Recommended for Grades 7 and up

Call (207)782-2211 or email us to get tickets for your class.

High school seniors Caroline and Anthony have more in common than they know. She’s a smart, snarky teenager with a medical condition that has stopped her from attending school, and he’s a popular athlete and academic superstar with a passion for jazz. Mysteriously forced together to complete a book report, they discover a shocking secret that will connect them forever. Joyful and heartbreaking, I AND YOU carries an uplifting message for this moment in time when we all miss being connected.


Last year over 500 students had tickets to attend our production of I AND YOU at The Public Theatre.  Unfortunately, due to COVID, we had to cancel the show on the day we were scheduled to open it. Only our preview audiences had the pleasure of seeing the play. They laughed, they wept and cheered the production. Their comments about the show are included in the “Sneak Peek video above.

Before we sent our actors home to New York, we recorded a private performance to give ourselves closure on this wonderful experience. We recently gained permission to share this special video with you and your students via a private viewing link for only $5 per person.


 

I can honestly say that in 26 years of offering student matinees at The Public Theatre, I AND YOU, might be the most relevant and resonant play we have ever presented for students.

Imagine your class watching a play where the characters are two racially diverse high school students who spend their day discussing, dissecting, and celebrating Walt Whitman’s poem, “Leaves of Grass”, while they humorously and poignantly banter about cell phones, selfies, and teen-age self-esteem.

Please do NOT share the below plot with your students before seeing the play -- click to reveal

Playwright Lauren Gunderson uses Walt Whitman’s poem “Song of Myself” as a metaphor for the journey of I and You, as well as a way for Caroline and Anthony to connect.  A surprise ending shockingly reveals Caroline to be in the hospital undergoing a much-needed liver transplant donated from a recently deceased high school student named Anthony.  The entire play has taken place in Caroline’s mind as she assimilates this new organ into herself. Anthony’s journey of breaking through Caroline’s defenses has been a literal one, for Caroline must truly receive and accept him to live.

Download the Study Guide – contains spoilers

We invite you to share this wonderful, funny, moving and powerful piece of theatre with your students.

If this sounds like a an opportunity you would like to share with your students, please call us at (207)782-2211 or email us and we will be happy to help make it happen. 

If your school needs financial assistance for this programming, please let us know.

We will work with you on the best way to present this to your class:

  • Together in a classroom
  • Each student viewing on their own devices, together or on their own schedule.
  • All viewing must happen between March 8 – 21, 2021.

 

HOW TO WATCH
  • We will supply you with the access links necessary, based on your class viewing arrangement.
  • It is possible to watch this video on a Smart TV or television with a streaming device,  if you have the capability to cast from your phone, tablet or computer browser.
  • Please see our Virtual Event FAQs page for detailed information about how to watch your video.
  • I and You can be watched anytime between March 8 and March 21.
  • Extended viewing window for Educator/Student tickets: Once you “Start Watching” the video you will have 72 hours to complete your viewing.
  • The viewing link will expire at midnight on March 21.

Get a Sneak Peek at I and You

Coming to your classroom!

Meet the Cast

Recorded in 2020

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The Public Theatre

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Lewiston, ME 04240

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