The best poetry never loses its punch. That's one reason why I Sing Walt Whitman!
is such a powerful production. Another is actor John Slade's uncanny portrayal of "Uncle Walt" -- perhaps the greatest American poet who ever lived. While staying true to Whitman's works, including Leaves of Grass
, Slade strips the writer of his 19th century trappings, revealing his singular genius and modern worldview. Styled as an "evolutionist revival meeting," this 90-minute concert-play incorporates Whitman's own words into songs, raps and orations. Slade's always engrossing performance lets you experience Whitman's delicious language and bold ideas "again for the first time." Drina Durazo directs this unique production for the Group Rep at the Lonny Chapman Theatre.
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