I wrote this and read it to cast and crew at the first rehearsal for Lauren Gunderson’s I AND YOU at the Fountain Theatre:

We are intrinsically connected to each other, to the earth, to the stars. We are all made of stardust.

For me the play is about human connection, specifically the “must/mustn’t” of human connection. Connection is the must. The mustn’t, which creates the drama, is that we fight connection, we push it away, we don’t want it, don’t need it, we’re just fine on our own.

2014 was a transformative year for me. I became conscious of my own rebellion against connection, my push away, my mustn’t. The catalyst was Eckhart Tolle’s A NEW EARTH. Tolle uses teachings of the great spiritual teachers to illustrate how the ego serves to isolate us.

So in the midst of studying Tolle’s book, Simon (Simon Levy, the Fountain Theatre’s Producing Director) emails with I AND YOU and I just had to laugh, literally, out loud, that of all the plays in the world I was sent this one at this moment. A play about a newly enlightened boy struggling to get a lost, isolated girl to see the light of connection.

“I and this mystery here we stand.”

These two precocious teenagers and Walt Whitman’s epic poem of humanity have something to teach us about connection — that we are supremely connected, to each other, to the earth, to the stars, and that recognizing this connection, becoming conscious of it, is perhaps the point of our existence.