I & YOU, 2021

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Burning Coal Theatre Company, Raleigh NC

I too am not a bit tamed—I too am untranslatable;
I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.”

I and You is a witty and uplifting portrayal of friendship, youth and living life to the full, and won the coveted American Theatre Critics Association’s New Play Award.

Housebound because of illness, Caroline hasn’t been to school in months. Confined to her room, she has only Facebook for company. That is until classmate Anthony bursts in – uninvited and armed with waffle fries, a scruffy copy of Walt Whitman’s poetry and a school project due in the next day… Caroline is unimpressed all round.

But an unlikely friendship develops and a seemingly mundane piece of homework starts to reveal the pair’s hopes and dreams – as well as a deep and mysterious bond that connects them even further.


“This play is a real treat… real, in touch, and truly inspiring. This one will stay with you.” CNVC

“Surprising, timely, and insightful, without being preachy or condescending. It speaks to the power of how art brings us together and serves as a simple reminder that connecting with one another is ageless and key to our survival.” Beltline to Broadway

Starring – Laura Lillian Baggett and Jireh Ijeoma

Stage manager – Jeremy Vance

Set Design – Erin Morales

Sound Design – Christiana Rose

Lighting Design – Chris Popowitch

Assistant Director – Carry Vaughn