Walt Whitman Celebration: More Or Less I Am

Saturday, June 1, 2:30pm–3:30pm

Reading Room

Compagnia de' Colombari will celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of America’s most influential poet, Walt Whitman, with a revival of their acclaimed production More Or Less I Am, a music-theater piece drawn entirely from Walt Whitman’s revolutionary free verse long poem, “Song of Myself.” Conceived and directed by Karin Coonrod with original music by Colin Jacobsen, Kyle Sanna, Eric Jacobsen, and Alex Sopp, the piece involves fifteen performers of various ages, genders, and ethnicities (six instrumentalists and eight actor/singers, one child). More Or Less I Am includes passages spoken and sung in Spanish, among many other languages. Members of the audience will also be involved, as will local poets who have been asked to speak back to Walt in their own words. Featuring performers from the best of the theater, classical music, and jazz worlds, the piece lasts one hour.