“Camerado” by the Walden Theatre Alumni Company
Walt Whitman’s poetry comes to life on stage! Walden Theatre Alumni Company presents:
I Give You My Hand
a newly devised work featuring the poetry of Walt Whitman
Contact: Melinda Beck | email@example.com | 502-415-4031
The Walden Theatre Alumni Company is pleased to present Camerado, I Give You My Hand. The production manifests Walt Whitman’s poetry in a new, performative workshop production where vignettes from the poet’s seminal Leaves of Grass spring to life with fluid dialogue and movement.
The ensemble is performing a spoken-word preview at Historic Locust Grove on August 4 at 7 p.m., with the full workshop performance running at Walden Theatre (1123 Payne Street), August 14 – 16 at 7:30 p.m. Preview admission is free, with workshop performances available on a “pay what you can” basis.
Camerado reckons with our current landscape of political strife and global conflict, offering an unflinching view of American identity and the human desire for peace and freedom. The production features two Walden Theatre alumni, Ben Park and Melinda Beck, plus actor Gracie Taylor. “We see Whitman’s poetry as a living document,” said Melinda Beck. “It’s very personal, so the audience knows it will be relatable.”
“Re-imagining work is important,” said Ben Park. “We’re gaining a new perspective on something centuries old… We need to connect the text to today’s climate more than ever.”
Gracie Taylor added, “We get to shift the social lens of his work by bringing the words on the page to life – making poetry performative.”
561 Blankenbaker Lane
August 4 at 7p.m.
1123 Payne Street
August 14 – 16 at 7:30 p.m
ABOUT THE COMPANY:
Walden Theatre is proud to have created a network of talented performing artists with careers in theatre, television, film, and arts education. The organization continues fostering the artistic development of graduates through the Walden Theatre Alumni Company, which gives up-and-coming theatre professionals opportunities to take the stage while independently developing, producing, and performing challenging new works for the theater-going public.