Walt Whitman Returns to Streets of New York City

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 17, 2010

Walt Whitman’s masterpiece “Song of Myself” was brought to life in neighborhoods throughout his beloved New York in a stirring music-theater adaptation making it world debut earlier this month.

From May 5-14, Compagnia de’ Colombari presented MORE OR LESS I AM in venues ranging from the poet’s Long Island birthplace to Grant’s Tomb. The play was conceived and directed by company founder Karin Coonrod, with music by members of the genre-defying string ensemble Brooklyn Rider.

PKPR handled publicity for the roving production, securing a glowing review from The New Yorker’s Ian Crouch, who wrote: “For an hour, it felt as though we’d created, audience and performers together, a real community. To risk sounding trite, we’d become Whitman’s Americans living in his America.”

Other coverage included features in Newsday, American Theater Magazine, Gay City News, and The Brooklyn Paper, as well as previews in Theatermania, Time Out New York, The Village Voice, and This Week in New York.

Permalink | Posted on May 17, 2010 at 11:05 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk
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