Unlaunch’d Voices, an afternoon with Walt Whitmanby Beth on February 28th, 2017
Date(s) - 28th February
Weston Public Library
Actor Stephen Collins performs in this one-man show. The play opens with Whitman on the evening of his seventieth birthday. The audience is a visitor in his room as he prepares for his birthday celebration. Whitman begins to reminisce and to question his success as a man and a poet. He tells us his work has proved to be “less than a failure…” He remembers a mystical experience he had in his thirty-seventh year that inspired him to write poetry. During the telling, Whitman transforms into his young vibrant self and we begin to trace back along with him the experiences that led to the creation of Leaves of Grass, his lifetime work. Through poetry and readings of actual letters, we experience Whitman’s growth into a mature artist who is at peace about “himself, God and death.” This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and is free and open to all.