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"Leaves of Grass - Illuminated" @ The Historic Holmes Theatre (MATURE SUBJECT MATERIAL)

  • Historic Holmes Theatre 806 Summit Ave Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 US (map)
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This show features MATURE SUBJECT MATERIAL.

Event Link: https://www.dlccc.org/holmes.html

Event Phone Number: 218-844-7469

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. We celebrate, approaching Whitman’s 200th birthday (May 31, 2019) that Whitman is also 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 reflects Whitman’s utopian dreams, and his 19th century tribulations. It presents fascinating aspects of Whitman’s life, times and work. It pulls from history, art, literature, even opera. 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.

Leaves of Grass – Illuminated is the product of over 13 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 Sate University in 2015, and premiered Leaves of Grass – Illuminated in New York City and Minneapolis in 2016. In 2017/18, he toured it to 24 communities in Minnesota, with support from the Minnesota State Arts Board’s Legacy Funds. In 2018/19, again with MSAB touring support, he is touring it to another 24 communities.

This show features MATURE SUBJECT MATERIAL.

FREE OF CHARGE. FREE WILL DONATION TAKEN.