I AND YOU: Resources for the press

By Lauren Gunderson.
Directed by Noëlle GM Gibbs.

Show times: May 19-June 19, 2016
Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m. Sun. at 2 p.m. (No show on May 22.)

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Looking for information about City Lights’ 2016-17 season?
Read the season press release.

[image: Ivette Deltoro and Davied Morales]

Caroline (Ivette Deltoro) may have a tough exterior, but when she gets excited about something, she’s all in, to the slightly bemused delight of Anthony (Davied Morales). Photos by Susan Mah Photography.


The New York Times says ‘I and You’ is San Francisco playwright’s ‘breakthrough play’

By Lauren Gunderson
May 19-June 19, 2016

Anthony: How do you hate poetry?

Caroline: With verve.

SAN JOSE, CA (April 21, 2016) – Meet Caroline, a cynical high school senior in need of a new liver. Meet Anthony, an idealistic high school basketball star in need of a partner for his project on Walt Whitman. In the poignant and insightful play I and You, two teens who could not be more different form an unlikely friendship.

As the clock ticks away while they work on the assignment, Caroline and Anthony also discover how much they have in common—leading to a startling revelation.

At 34, San Francisco playwright Lauren Gunderson is one of the most-produced playwrights in America. The New York Times recently called I and You her “breakthrough play,” and City Lights is proud to present the South Bay premiere. The play runs May 19-June 19 at City Lights, 529 S. Second St., San Jose. For details and tickets, go to cltc.org or call 408-295-4200.

Also a screenwriter and short-story author, Gunderson is a prolific playwright whose scripts include Silent Sky, Bauer, By and By, The Taming and Exit, Pursued by a Bear (presented by City Lights last year). I and You made its New York debut at 59E59 Theaters in January, and was just nominated for the 2016 John Gassner Award by the Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and commentators covering the New York theater scene for out-of-town media.

Noëlle GM Gibbs (Director) is making her directing debut at City Lights. Gibbs, 31, is producing artistic director at the Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory, where she has also been Children’s Conservatory Director and Associate Artistic Director. A recipient of Theatre Bay Area’s ATLAS Award in Directing, she has worked in the artistic and educational departments at TheatreWorks, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Magic Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Conn. She has B.A.’s in theater and dance from U.C. San Diego.

Cast: Caroline: Ivette Deltoro
Anthony: Davied Morales

Designers: Ron Gasparinetti (Scenic), Jane Lambert (Costumes), Nick Kumamoto (Lighting), George Psarras (Sound Design), Miranda Whipple (Props).

Sponsors and Supporters: These include The Shubert Foundation, Silicon Valley Creates, Applied Materials Foundation, the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and many other individuals, corporations, and foundations.

For this production, City Lights will donate a portion of the ticket proceeds to the performing-arts programs at Notre Dame High School San Jose.

City Lights’ season concludes this summer with the rock musical Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT in July. The 2016-17 lineup—the company’s 34th—begins in September with Jon Robin Baitz’s dysfunctional-family tale Other Desert Cities, followed by the touching comedy Calendar Girls by Tim Firth and the darkly comic thriller Ideation by Aaron Loeb. Kit Wilder’s world-premiere adaptation Frankenstein opens next spring, with Gina Gionfriddo’s witty Rapture, Blister, Burn following. The Goth-rock musical Lizzie rounds out the season in the summer of 2017.

[image: Ivette Deltoro and Davied Morales]

Anthony (Davied Morales) consoles Caroline (Ivette Deltoro) after she has an episode of pain.


WHAT: Lauren Gunderson’s poignant, funny play I and You tells the story of an unlikely friendship between two high school students: cynical Caroline and idealistic Anthony, who learn they have something startling in common.

May 19-June 19, 2016
Pay What You Can Night: Thursday, May 19, 8 p.m.
$17 Preview Night: Friday, May 20, 8 p.m.
Opening Night: Saturday, May 21, 8 p.m.
Showtimes: Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. No performance on May 22.

City Lights Theater Company, 529 S. Second St., San Jose, CA 95112

Regular tickets are $17-$32; discounts for seniors, students/educators, and groups (10+). (There is a $2 surcharge for phone and in-person purchases.) Opening night is $35 general, $30 for seniors/educators, and $17 for students. Tickets for closing weekend are increased by $2.

For tickets or more information, go to cltc.org or call 408-295-4200. The theater is wheelchair-accessible.

For press passes or more information, contact City Lights marketing director Rebecca Wallace at rebecca@cltc.org or 408-295-4200. High-res photos can be downloaded at bit.ly/iandyoupictures.

Read the New York Times Q&A with Lauren Gunderson that calls I and You her breakthrough play.

Check out the American Theatre article that names Lauren Gunderson one of the most-produced playwrights in United States.

Press resources for past City Lights shows:

The Elephant Man
Tigers Be Still
Handle With Care
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
West Side Story
Exit, Pursued by a Bear
Truce: A Christmas Wish from the Great War
Monty Python’s SPAMALOT
The Language Archive