by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Emilia Sargent
Live Streaming on November 22nd, 3:00pm EST
Via Broadway on Demand and Zoom
Please join us LIVE on the virtual platform ZOOM to enjoy I AND YOU, by award-winning playwright, Lauren Gunderson. The performance will be followed by a talkback with the cast, director, and playwright.
Live stream Sunday, November 22, 2020, 3:00pm EST
I AND YOU will be available online for viewing Nov. 22-25, 2020
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.
“…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
“By the close, Gunderson has guided us toward a sublime transfiguration that encompasses ‘Leaves of Grass,’ John Coltrane, Jerry Lee Lewis, space and time, bodies and spirits, death and rebirth.”The New Yorker
“…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
“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
“Unforgettable. The end will leave you gasping.”Patricia Leslie, Washington Speaks
“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
“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
“A charming, thought-provoking surprise.”The North Bay Bohemian
cast & creatives
OLIVIA SARGENT (Caroline) is a lifelong dancer and seasoned theater performer. After focusing on dance training for over ten years, Olivia shifted her focus to theater and voice training at institutions such as Atlantic Acting School, Emilia Sargent Studio, and Broadway Artists Alliance. Since 2015, Olivia has been represented by A3, formerly Abrams Artists Agency based in NYC. She made her professional theater debut as Mary Tilford in The Children’s Hour, a TampaRep production, for which she was named in the Creative Loafing Top Ten Performances of 2015. Other regional credits include The Music Man (Zaneeta, St. Pete Opera), Threepenny Opera (Dolly, Jobsite Theater), Way Beyond Water (Jean Rose/17 original cast, St. Petersburg Arts Alliance) and Webb’s City: Concert Version (Poster Girl, American Stage/Palladium). Film credits include Law and Order: SVU (Alexandra, NBC), Revenge of the Pizza King (CineView Studios) (runner up best actress) and Stubbz (Sarah, Stag Productions). Stubbz has been shown at six film festivals across the country after premiering at Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival in 2018 and winning ‘Audience Favorite.’ In January 2021, Olivia will portray Cordelia in TampaRep’s King Lear. Olivia is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Music at Oklahoma City University.
NICHOLAS D. HOOP (Anthony) is no stranger to TampaRep, appearing in 5 mainstage productions along with serving as an Artistic Associate and Literary Manager under the late C. David Frankel. He has appeared onstage regionally with Jobsite Theater, Walnut Street Theatre, Freefall Theatre, Stageworks Theatre, Urbanite Theatre, American Stage Education, Innovocative Theatre, Hat Trick Theatre, Grand Central Stage, The Silver Meteor, Gorilla Theatre, among others. Select credits: Stupid F**king Bird, A View From The Bridge, The Iceman Cometh (TampaREP), Columbinus (Innovocative Theatre), The Fantasticks (freefall theatre). Nick received training at the University of South Florida and Point Park University, and was critically chosen as BroadwayWorld Tampa’s Best Supporting Actor of 2019 for his role in Columbinus at Innovocative Theatre.