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Walt Whitman: Leaves of Grass - Illuminated

Friday, September 15
7:30

(Doors open at 7:00)

WHERE
Crossings (map)

320 East Ave

Zumbrota, MN 55992

COST

$14/$17 at the door

 



This solo performance by Patrick Scully summons the spirit of America’s great poet, Walt Whitman, revealing Whitman’s many sides: from the furtive—changing genders to “straighten things up”, to the fierce—defying the censors and getting banned in Boston. Whitman is truly an artist for 2017, a poet who loved America, and who used his writing to strategically transform what he believed needed to be changed.
Leaves of Grass – Uncut reflects Whitman’s utopian dreams, and his 19th century tribulations. It focuses on relationships between men, and the forces that seek to deny them. Leaves of Grass – Uncut pulls from history, art, literature, even opera, and presents aspects of Whitman’s life, times and work that are fascinating today, now that discussions of male/male relations have finally moved out of the shadows into the light of day.

This show is the product of over 10 years of research and development. A large cast version of this show opened in Minneapolis to critical acclaim in 2014. Scully developed that version into a one man show in a residency at MANCC at Florida State University in 2015, and premiered Leaves of Grass – Uncut in New York City and Minneapolis in 2016. He is now, in 2017/18, touring it to 24 communities in Minnesota, with support from the Minnesota State Arts Board’s Legacy Funds.

“Both Whitman and Scully are major figures; they contain multitudes.” (Village Voice)
“Patrick Scully was born to play Walt Whitman.” (Lavender Magazine)
“Scully is the perfect caretaker for Whitman’s legacy.” (Minneapolis StarTribune)

Doubtless I could not have perceived the universe, or written one of my poems,
If I had not freely given myself to comrades, to love. (Excerpt from Leaves of Grass)

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

 

 

 

 

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