I and You
by Capital T Theatre
Apr. 05 - Apr. 14, 2018
Review by Elizabeth Cobbe, Austin Chronicle Review by Joni Lorraine, Broadway World Review by Andrew J. Friedenthal, Austin360.com
Classmates but virtual strangers, Caroline and Anthony have more in common than they know.
Homebound due to illness, Caroline is something of a loner. So when popular student Anthony unexpectedly arrives to work on a school project about Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, she is less than thrilled. But, as the poetry project progresses, Caroline finds herself opening up in ways she never imagined possible, and the two discover a deeper mystery has brought them together.
An ode to life, love and human connection, I and You will warm your heart and leave you breathless.
“Sharp and FUNNY. Gunderson taps into a buoyant spirit”
– Washington Post
“Unforgettable. The end will leave you gasping.”
– Washington Speaks
Running Time: 65 Minutes with no intermission
Directed by Simone Alexander
ABOUT THE CAST
Kenah Benefield - Anthony
Kenah Benefield is a local actor, writer, and comedian from Seattle, Washington. He debuted here in Austin with Heckle Her's 90s comedy throwback DOPER THAN DOPE which, went on to win "Outstanding Production of a Comedy" in the 2016 B. Iden Payne Awards. More recently he performed in Gale Theatre Company's TWENTYEIGHT. When he's not performing with a script, you can catch him performing with his melanin enriched, B. Iden winning improv troupe "Sugar, Water, Purple" every Wednesday at ColdTowne Theatre.
Mia King - Caroline
Mia King is a dancer, writer, and violinist, currently in her third year at UT, where she is double majoring in Theatre and Advertising. Past theatre credits include 893 | YAKUZA (VORTEX Theatre), TRUST ME, LOVE (Scottish Rite Theatre), and THE KING AND I (ZACH Theatre). Recent film credits include official SXSW 2018 selection Hold To Your Best Self (directed by Emily M. Hagins). Mia-King.com
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Simone Alexander is a graduate of Oklahoma City University. Simone has spent her early artistic career passionately working in arts nonprofit organizations. Simone's artistic vision is dedicated to sharing the art of the people of today through storytelling from a diverse group of uniquely specific voices, styles, and perspectives in contemporary theatre. Recently relocated to Austin, Simone is grateful to be working with Cap T on I AND YOU and with this amazing cast and crew. Simone looks forward to creating, directing and producing more shows in Austin!
Lauren Gunderson – Playwright
Lauren Gunderson is the most-produced living playwright in America for 2017. She is a playwright, screenwriter, and short story author from Atlanta, Georgia. She received her BA in English/Creative Writing at Emory University, and her MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU Tisch, where she was also a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship.
She was named the most produced living playwright in America by American Theatre Magazine in 2016, was awarded the 2016 Lanford Wilson Award from the Dramatist Guild, and was awarded the prestigious 2014 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for her play, I and You (also a Susan Smith Blackburn Blackburn and John Gassner Award finalist). That play was an NNPN Rolling World Premiere that started at Marin Theatre Company and has seen over 40 productions nationwide. She is also a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s 3-Year Residency with Marin Theatre Company.Her first musical, The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog! was commissioned by the Kennedy Center and opened to rave reviews and continues its life in a state-wide tour in Florida. Dr. Wonderfulwill be released as a picture book May 2017 published by Two Lions/Amazon. She is the co-book-writer for The Happy Elf, the Christmas musical with music and lyrics by Harry Connick Jr.Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight (published by Samuel French) was commissioned and premiered at South Coast Repertory in 2009, and has run across the country and in England. By And By, her sci-fi father-daughter drama, premiered with Shotgun Players in Berkeley in 2012. Fire Work was developed at the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, is a 2011 winner for Aurora Theatre Company’s Global Age Project, and premiered at TheatreFIRST in 2014. She has developed plays with Second Stage Theatre, Red Bull Theater, and Primary Stages in NYC; New Repertory Theatre in Boston; Playwrights Foundation, Crowded Fire Theater, TheatreWorks, Aurora Theatre Company, and Magic Theatre in San Francisco; Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas; Synchronicity, Actor’s Express, and Horizon Theatre Company in Atlanta; JAW: A Playwrights Festival at Portland Center Stage in Portland; WordBRIDGE, Brave New Works, and others.Her work has received national praise and awards including being a Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award winner, a Susan Smith Blackburn finalist, a Jane Chambers Award finalist, and winner of the Berrilla Kerr Award for American Theatre, Global Age Project, Young Playwrights Award, Eric Bentley New Play Award and Essential Theatre Prize. She has been commissioned by South Coast Repertory (four times), Denver Theatre Company, Crowded Fire Theater, the Alliance Theatre’s Collision Project, Marin Theatre Company, Actor’s Express, Dad’s Garage Theatre, Theatrical Outfit, City University of New York and Synchronicity. Leap was published with The Playwriting Center of Theater Emory (2004), and her first collection of plays, Deepen The Mystery: Science and the South Onstage, is published with iUniverse (2006). She received a Sloan Science & Film Award (2008) for her screenplay Grand Unification, and her short story “The Ascending Life” won the Norumbega Fiction Award and was published in the anthology The Shape of Content; her science play Background was published in Isotope: A Journal of Literary Nature and Science Writing. Her string theory poem “Hook of a Number” was published in the anthology Riffing On Strings.She has spoken nationally and internationally on the intersection of science and theatre and Arts Activism, and teaches playwriting in San Francisco. Find her on Twitter @LalaTellsAStory.
About Capital T
Capital T Theatre quickly established itself as one of the leading young theatre companies in Austin. In its eight-year history Capital T's 35 productions have been nominated for more than 150 awards and the plays have been met with both critical and box office success. Every year at least one of Capital T’s productions have been nominated or won an award for outstanding production from the B Iden Payne Awards and/or the Austin Critics Table Awards.
Capital T Theatre was founded in October 2005 when theatre artists Tal Lostracco and Mark Pickell sought opportunities for ambitious young artists to present their work in Austin. Since the success of their first production of Edward II, Capital T has fully produced 35 plays in Austin including: A Brief History of Helen of Troy by Mark Schultz, La Dispute by Marivaux, Mr. Marmalade by Noah Haidle, Happy Days by Samuel Beckett, i google myself by Jason Shafer, Blackbird by David Harrower, The Bird and The Bee by Al Smith and Matt Hartley, Killer Joe by Tracy Letts, I ♥ Walmart an Original Script, Sick by Zayd Dohrn, Dying City by Christopher Shinn, Bug by Tracy Letts, Hunter Gatherers by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Spirits to Enforce by Mickle Maher, A Lie of the Mind by Sam Shepard, Precious Little Talent by Ella Hickson, and boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Exit Pursued by a Bear by Lauren Gunderson, The Pain and the Itch by Bruce Norris, Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph, and The Lieutenant of Inishmore by Martin McDonagh, and The Motherfucker with the Hat by Stephen Adly Guirgis, There is a Happiness That Morning Is by Mickle Maher, Gidion’s Knot by Johnna Adams, Punkplay by Greg Moss, Detroit by Lisa D’Amour, Fool for Love by Sam Shepard, DNA by Dennis Kelly, The Strangerer by Mickle Maher, and Year of the Rooster by Eric Dufault, The Dumbwaiter by Harold Pinter, Marie Antoinette by David Adjmi, Trevor by Nick Jones, Hand to God by Robert Askins, and Song About Himself by Mickle Maher, HIR by Taylor Mac, The Effect by Lucy Prebble, and Title and Deed by Will Eno, and The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney. note: bolded text denotes nomination or win for best production by BIP and/or Austin Critics Table Awards.
From the writer that brought Austin the smash hit EXIT PURSUED BY A BEAR…
April 05 - April 14, 2018
April 05 - April 14, 2018
Ground Floor Theatre
979 Springdale Rd
Austin, TX, 78702
979 Springdale Rd
Austin, TX, 78702
April 5-14, 2018
Thursdays – Saturdays at 8 pm
Additional performances Monday April 9 at 8 pm and Wednesday April 11th at 8 pm
Ground Floor Theatre 979 Springdale Road #122
Tickets $20-30 capitalT.org or (512) 537-CAPT