Hickory – The new play I and You, by Lauren Gunderson, is a sentimental, intimate two-person character study about two high school students, Caroline and Anthony. She is homebound due to a serious illness and Anthony, a popular athlete, comes to her home with a homework assignment they must complete together.

In the Hickory production, which begins performances on January 11, 2019, Marcus Phillips plays the role of Anthony. Phillips’ experience at the Theatre stretches back to the 2012 production of Winnie the Pooh KIDS, when he played the title role. Since then he has played several iconic supporting roles, including Mike Teevee in Willy Wonka Junior and Gavroche in Les Misérables.

Playing Anthony in I and You is his second time as a lead character. His experience at the Theatre has recently expanded beyond acting and he has worked as the choreographer on two productions, Ragtime and Dreamgirls. His choreography has been praised by actors and audiences alike as energetic and innovative.

Performances of I and You are January 11-27, 2019, Fridays and Saturdays (Jan 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26) at 8:00pm, Thursdays (Jan 17 and 24) at 7:30pm and Sundays (Jan 20 and 27) at 2:30pm. Tickets for Thursday night performances are $14 for adults and $10 for students and youth 18 and under. Tickets for Fridays through Sundays are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors (60 and over), and $10 for students and youth 18 and under.

Call the box office at 828-328-2283 or visit hickorytheatre.org to purchase tickets or get more information. HCT is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.

The Theatre’s 2018-2019 Season is sponsored by Paramount Automotive and A Cleaner World. I and You is produced by Dr. George Clay, III, DDS and Robert Abbey, Inc.

PHOTO: Marcus Phillips plays Anthony in Lauren Gunderson’s new play I and You. Performances begin on January 11, 2019 in the Firemen’s Kitchen at the Hickory Community Theatre. Call 828-328-2283 or visit hickorytheatre.org for tickets or more information. Photo by Carol Anne Hartman.