On Stage: “I and You”

I and You - Theatre Arts Garage - Lauren Gunderson - new works by new playwrightsTheatre at Arts Garage is celebrating women playwrights for its 2014-15 season. Dubbed “A Celebration of Women’s Voices,” the Theatre will produce three works by female playwrights, including Sarah Treem’s The How and the Why, which took the stage in November, followed by Lauren Gunderson’s I and You coming to stage this January, with the season wrapping with Allison Gregory’s Uncertain Terms in March.

   The Theatre’s ambitions for this season, as it is every year, is to give the newest, brightest voices in theater a platform to share with the audience. Though, this year, there is an added emphasis as Artistic Director Lou Tyrrell explains: “as progressive as the theater may be considered, there is currently an important national conversation about the lack of opportunities for women playwrights to have their plays produced.” Continuing, “at Theatre Arts Garage, we feel it’s time to address this conversation by dedicating our 2014-15 season entirely to women playwrights, and by committing ourselves in general to providing expanded production opportunities for them in the years to come.”

 Luaren Gunderson - Theatre Arts Garage  The season midpoint is highlighted by Gunderson’s (left) I and You, which will take the stage January 16 through February 8. The two-person play explores the relationship of two high school students at the opposite ends of the social spectrum: Anthony, athletic and popular; and Caroline, an introvert who has been home sick for months. With Walt Whitman’s seminal Leaves of Grass in hand, the two discover an interconnectedness that dives deeper than homework and high school politics. Winner of the 2014 Steinberg New Play Award from the American Theatre Critics Association, I and You is an ode to youth, and the triumph over savagery life can bestow.


Showtimes: January 16-February 8


  • Wednesday-Friday: 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 2 p.m.
  • Tickets cost $30-$45; five more at the door.
  • And as always, it is B.Y.O.W. – Bring Your Own Whatever.
  • For more information, visit artsgarage.org.

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