I and You Opening Night Livestream

Anthony arrives unexpectedly at classmate Caroline’s door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, with 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.

Not ready to return to the theatre? No problem. You can watch Opening Night, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, of I and You from the comfort of your own home!

Schedule Friday, Oct. 16, 2020
6:30 PM Livestream starts (great time to test the livestream)
7:00 PM Preshow talk live from the John Viars Theatre stage
7:30 PM I and You live from the John Viars Theatre stage

Performance Times:
7:30 PM Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, Livestream
Theatre:
Special Events
Run Time:
30 minute livestream link test including backstage interviews; 15 minute preshow talk; 90 minute play performed without intermission
Content Advisory:
The Playhouse does not rate subject matter as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have questions about content, age appropriateness, or other aspects of the show (ie strobe lights and other theatrical effects), please contact the ticket office at 515.277.6261.
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In the News

Artistic director Katy Merriman talks with intimacy coach Stephanie Schneider
October 2, 2020

Company

  • Clifton Antoine

    Anthony

    Clifton Antoine
  • Natalie Grote

    Caroline

    Natalie Grote
  • Katy Merriman

    Director

    Katy Merriman
  • Nicholas Amundson

    Scenic Designer

    Nicholas Amundson
  • AD Logsdon

    Costume Designer

    AD Logsdon
  • Virgil Kleinhesselink

    Lighting Designer

    Virgil Kleinhesselink
  • Angela Lampe

    Properties Designer

    Angela Lampe
  • Jen Green

    Stage Manager

    Jen Green
  • Sam Arickx

    Assistant Director

    Sam Arickx
  • Jada Smith

    Assistant Stage Manager

    Jada Smith

Photos/Video

  • Clifton Antoine and Natalie Grote as students in I and You, Oct. 16-Nov. 15, 2020, at The Des Moines Playhouse. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

  • Natalie Grote and Clifton Antoine as students in I and You, Oct. 16-Nov. 15, 2020, at The Des Moines Playhouse. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

  • Clifton Antoine and Natalie Grote as students in I and You, Oct. 16-Nov. 15, 2020, at The Des Moines Playhouse. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

  • Clifton Antoine and Natalie Grote as students in I and You, Oct. 16-Nov. 15, 2020, at The Des Moines Playhouse. Photo by Brent Isenberger.

Press Release

Des Moines Playhouse Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kill Date: Oct. 16, 2020
Subject: Des Moines Playhouse Offers Opening Night Live Streaming of Weekend Comedy, I and You
Contact: Lee Ann Bakros, Playhouse Marketing Associate, 515.974.5358

The Des Moines Playhouse is presenting two shows in repertory in the John Viars Theatre this fall, Weekend Comedy, Oct. 9-Nov. 8, 2020, and I and You, Oct. 16-Nov. 15, 2020. Seating at these shows is limited with COVID-19 reopening protocols listed on The Playhouse’s website.

For those not ready to return inside the theatre building, The Playhouse is offering live streaming of both shows’ opening nights. Weekend Comedy livestream is Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. I and You livestream is Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Links to purchase the livestreams are available on The Playhouse website and Facebook page. Both shows start at 7:30 PM with a preshow talk live from the theatre at 7:00 PM.

Weekend Comedy finds a middle-aged couple (Gina Gedler, Sean Kanuso) and a young couple (Tiffany Liechty, Jobe Fee) accidentally renting the same cottage for a three-day weekend. After the couples decide to share the cottage, a clash of generations ensues. Jeanne and Sam Bobrick fill their script with laughter and perceptive looks at aging, marriage, and happiness. Weekend Comedy opening night livestream is Friday, Oct. 9.

Anthony (Clifton Antoine), athletic and popular, arrives unexpectedly at classmate Caroline’s door with an urgent assignment from their English teacher. Homebound due to illness, Caroline (Natlie Grote) hasn’t been to school in months. As these two let down their guards and share secrets, their seemingly mundane poetry project unlocks a much deeper mystery that has brought them together. I and You opening night livestream is Friday, Oct. 16.

The Playhouse, now in its 102nd season, is one of the oldest and largest community theatres in the US. Located at the 42nd Street exit of I-235, the theatre has presented a full season of shows since 1919 and also offers a wide variety of educational experiences including classes for ages 4 to adult, theatre trips to New York, and volunteer opportunities onstage and backstage.

For more information about The Playhouse, Weekend Comedy, and I and You, contact The Playhouse ticket office at 515.277.6261.

Weekend Comedy Opening Night Live Streaming, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020
Streaming starts at 6:30 PM with behind-the-scenes tours and a preshow talk. Show is at 7:30 PM.
To order, visit dmplayhouse.com/evens/weekend-comedy

I and You Opening Night Live Streaming, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020
Streaming starts at 6:30 PM with behind-the-scenes tours and a preshow talk. Show is at 7:30 PM.
To order, visit dmplayhouse.com/evens/i-and-you

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Show Credits

By Lauren Gunderson

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