Event Phone Number: 218-385-3339
“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 solo performance is about history, art, and literature – presenting aspects of Walt Whitman’s life and work that are fascinating for our time. We celebrate Whitman as an important artist for our era; a poet who loved America, and used his writing to strategically transform what he believed needed to be changed.
Leaves of Grass – Illuminated begins an important conversation about celebrating male companionship. Whitman crafted clear strategies to deal with the social pressures and the consequences he faced for writing about taboo topics. This is a side of Whitman that few of us learned about in our American Literature classes. Some of these taboos have disappeared, others are still very relevant – such as relationships between men, and the forces that seek to deny them. The show reveals how Whitman seemed to be able to look into the future, foreseeing that same-sex relations would move out of the shadows into the light of day.
There will be time for questions with creator and actor Patrick Scully after the performance.