Reading Stage presents I AND YOU

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by Lauren Gunderson

One Night Only: Monday, September 14, 7 pm on Zoom

Featuring Carmela Dizon and Tommy Huebner

Directed by Mike Reynolds

Tickets: Free (suggested donation $10)




One afternoon, Anthony arrives unexpectedly at classmate Caroline’s door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, an urgent assignment from their English teacher. Homebound due to illness, Caroline hasn’t been to school in months, but she is as quick and sardonic as Anthony is athletic, sensitive, and popular. As these two let down their guards and share their secrets, this seemingly mundane poetry project unlocks a much deeper mystery that has brought them together. I and You is an ode to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness.

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Lauren Gunderson has been one of the most produced playwrights in America since 2015 topping the list twice including 2019/20. She is a two-time winner of the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for I and You and The Book of Will, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s Residency with Marin Theatre Company. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. She co-authored the Miss Bennet plays with Margot Melcon, and her play The Half-Life of Marie Curie is available on Her work is published at Playscripts (I and You; Exit Pursued By A Bear; The Taming and Toil And Trouble), Dramatists Play Service (The Revolutionists; The Book of Will; Silent Sky; Bauer, Natural Shocks, The Wickhams and Miss Bennet) and Samuel French (Emilie). Her picture book Dr Wonderful: Blast Off to the Moon is available from Two Lions/Amazon. She is currently developing musicals with Ari Afsar, Dave Stewart and Joss Stone.



Mike Reynolds first became involved in theatre when he was a 13-year-old kid in Kansas City, MO. Telling stories has always been a part of his life. In KC he was a founding member of the Northland Actors Ensemble (a small community theatre), Imagination Playground (an Improvisational program for children), and Full Frontal Comedy (an adult Improvisational company). In 2001, Mike retired from the police department, and became a professional actor and director, then living and working in the Bay Area. Besides acting and directing all over the area, Mike has served as the Executive Director, at California Conservatory Theatre in San Leandro, and as Production Manager, right here, at Contra Costa Civic Theatre. Now Mike can be found, when not in the theatre, on a softball field playing or helping the wonderful Penguins of Dominican University. All my love to Marly and our furry kids.



CCCT is pleased to announce the return of its popular Reading Stage, this time as a Zoom series for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.

Begun in 2015, Reading Stage offers an opportunity for audiences to focus on hearing some of the most thrilling works in contemporary theatre. Each new theatrical project begins at some point with a “table read” as the actors and creative team get together and read the script which forms the basis for the work they’ll do to bring a text to life. Reading Stage brings some of the best actors and riveting scripts together to create an unforgettable evening of theatre.

Reading Stage is underwritten, in part, through the generous contributions of Marcia and Joe Grossman, Gary Langbehn and Jerry Power, and Debbie Chinn.


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