There is an astonishing turn of events toward the end of I and You, but let’s not talk about that. Let’s talk about Walt Whitman instead.
Whitman was a revolutionary who overthrew poetry. He trashed the self-conscious, hyperstylized European tropes which had dominated the art and substituted something purely American: a rough, colloquial, muscular free verse which tumbled over itself like the streams and brooks of his Long Island home.
DC METRO THEATER ARTS • MARCH 2, 2014 • BY AMANDA GUNTHER
Pronouns are particularly important to every day grammatical use as well as to one of America’s greatest poets, Walt Whitman. And when the figurative ‘you’ becomes everyone and everything the profundity of new playwright Lauren Gunderson’s new work I and You settles in quite deeply. A part of the National New Play Network Rolling World Premier series, Olney Theatre Center proudly presents this new play; an emotionally blind-siding work that takes you on a journey into the minutia of our lives through the lens of two young high school students. Directed by Eleanor Holdridge, this evocative new work is both emotionally disorienting and richly rewarding in its conclusion.
Olney Theatre Center is a proud partner of Barrie School.
Olney Theatre Center is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. All programs are made possible by support from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County; the Maryland State Department of Education; and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts.