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Wisconsin Premiere

I and You

November 2-19, 2017

WRITTEN BY Lauren Gunderson

DIRECTED BY Jen Uphoff Gray

“They dive into the meaning of life and death….Being witness to this visceral relationship is why we go to see live theater. And why we should go to I and You.
– Cat Capellaro, Isthmus

A poetry assignment…

Anthony arrives at Caroline’s door bearing waffle fries, a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, and an urgent assignment from their high school Lit teacher. Living most of her life online, Caroline is sick and hasn’t been to school in months, but she is as quick and sardonic as Anthony is athletic and popular. As these two let down their guards and share their secrets, this seemingly vanilla poetry assignment unlocks a much deeper mystery that has brought them together. I and You is a valentine to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness.

Overture Center for the Arts

201 State St,
Madison, WI 53703

Sponsored By:

DeWitt Ross & Stevens
Custer Plumb Financial Services
Hausmann Johnson Insurance
Our Lives Magazine
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren
UW Health



About the show


Performance Dates:
November 2-19, 2017

Age Recommendations:


We strive to make our performances available to the entire community. This guiding principle captures the theater we aim to be.

We’re proud to be a resident company at Overture Center, which provides practical accessibility for a variety of needs.

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Alistair Sewell
Chantae Miller
Creative Team
Jake Penner
Assistant Director and Choreographer
Noele Stollmack
Set and Lighting Designer
Pam Miles
Props Designer
Joe Cerqua
Composer and Sound Designer
Shannon Heibler
Costume Designer
Laura Karavitis
Stage Manager
Ashton LaReau
Kevin Zimmer
Technical Director
Interview with Artistic Director Jen Uphoff Gray and the cast of I and You

“(Chantae) Miller and (Alistair) Sewell exude trust; when Miller credibly travels Caroline’s long arc and finally lets Anthony in, what ensues is so intimately tender it steals one’s breath. And that’s before we’ve even reached Gunderson’s brilliant eleventh-hour reveal, a gob smacker that left the Sunday matinee audience audibly gasping. It’s among the best and most satisfying moments I’ve had in a theater all year…
– Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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“…there’s joy in watching Caroline and Anthony wander through Whitman’s words on life and death, searching for common ground under their boot-soles. They are, like this impassioned, lively drama, more than the sum of their parts.”
– Lindsay Christians, The Capital Times
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“The two of them are onstage the entire show, and the energy between them is palpable.They dive into the meaning of life and death….Being witness to this visceral relationship is why we go to see live theater. And why we should go to I and You.
– Cat Capellaro, Isthmus
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“Though the two actors are young, they are immensely professional. They bring a maturity to this project that is rare to find, even in experienced adult actors. Occasionally, Miller’s performance would plateau in moments of anger and angst, but Sewell’s varied emotionality balanced this out, making them the perfect pair. The show is spectacularly directed by Jennifer Uphoff Gray, whose precise vision of Gunderson’s world is the reason that the play is so affecting.”
– Allison Garfield, The Daily Cardinal
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