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MTC Presents World Premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s I and You.

 

Devion McArthur (Anthony) and Jessica Lynn Carroll (Caroline) I and You at Marin Theatre Company. Photo by Ed Smith.

I and You is a heartfelt new play focuses on how the work of Walt Whitman inspires two teenagers.  This play involves two ethnically different teens, cranky Caroline (Jessica Lynn Carroll) who is waiting for a liver transplant, and a level- headed basketball star, Anthony who loves John Coltrane, (Devion McArthur). At the beginning of the play, Anthony shows up in Caroline’s bedroom to get her to collaborate on a project to deconstruct a poem, “Leaves of Grass,” by Walt Whitman which is about the interconnectivity of everything.  But as the two cram to finish their presentation, they learn not only how to work together, but just how fundamentally, they complement each other.

Lauren Gunderson is currently a hot new playwright. Her plays are performed at Theatre Works , San Francisco Playhouse, Shotgun Players, and Crowded Fire.  Director Sarah Rasmussen, the Resident Director for Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab brings a fresh touch to the direction.  Michael Locher’s colorful attic bedroom set almost becomes a character in the play.  Devion McArthur gives a wonderfully sympathetic and supportive performance as he tries to win over Caroline.  Jessica Lynn Carroll gives a challenging performance as Caroline who is difficult every step of the way.

I and You begins its life at Marin Theatre Company and immediately goes on to productions in Maryland and Indiana.  With this play, Gunderson writes in the voice of two intelligent kids, members of a savvy generation who have a lot to say about how fast the world around them is moving.  She explains their journey of self discovery with a similar journey expressed by one of America’s finest poets over 150 years ago in a beautifully articulated, revealing piece of literature.

I and You runs October 10-November 3, 2013 at Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. Performances are Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. Sunday matinees are held at 2 p.m. with a Saturday, November 2 performance at 2 p.m. and Thursday, October 24 at 1 p.m. For tickets, call the box office at 415-388-0208 or go online at www.marintheatre.org.

Coming up next at Marin Theatre Company will be Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol by Tom Mula and directed by John Tracy, November 21-December 15. 2013.

Flora Lynn Isaacson

 

 

 

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