“[T]he song gave way to a spoken scene between two characters, and by intermission, I was completely won over by the combination of dialogue, poetry, and song. Completely.” -Liz Byron, Aisle Say Twin Cities
“I have a hard time defining it, but Whitman’s poetry is what a certain slice of America feels like to me. The fact that Whitman’s identity is all tied up with both war and queerness provides some delightful tension and complexity…4 stars. Highly Recommended.” -Matthew Everett, TC Daily Planet
“Tonight was like beautiful, bitter-sweet medicine. I am a healthier, more whole person for being here.” -Audience Feedback
Written by Laura Leffler-McCabe & Tanner Curl
Originally conceived by Bryan Grosso & Laura Leffler-McCabe
Music by Candace Bilyk, Ben Mattson & the company
Directed by Blake E. Bolan
An American journey through the poetry of Walt Whitman
Savage Umbrella is excited to announce that LEAVES, originally produced in September 2010, will be returning to the stage at the Playwrights’ Center for an expanded, extended run. This remount of LEAVES will include new music to complement the original songs, re-imagined story fueled by new conversations and the timeless spirit of Walt Whitman guiding the project.
The Twin Cities Daily Planet wrote during the original run, “a poetic, musical valentine to love, and the country of my birth, where I live and also struggle to figure out who and what I am, and who and what I want my country to be. It’s the kind of show I wish was running for more than just one weekend, so catch it while you still can, because it comes very highly recommended.” Now that wish has come true.
Runs November 8 through November 23. All performances at 7:30 p.m.
Friday 11/15: ASL interpreted night at LEAVES
Saturday 11/16: Community talkback at LEAVES with Major Ryan Curl, Minnesota National Guard; Andrew Gaylord, PlaceBase Productions; and Rachel Engh, Urban and Regional Planner
Tickets are suggested $12-$20, with no-one turned away, with an offer of free tickets to veterans. Thank you for your service. To reserve a ticket: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/471048
Performances at The Playwrights’ Center, 2301 E. Franklin Ave. in Minneapolis – map.
*BONUS! In LEAVES, the character of Bek is a freelance journalist, and runs the blog queeryourmind.net. Check it out!
*DOUBLE BONUS! Follow Whit’s Beard on Twitter – @WhitsBeard!
- About the Show
- Cast and Artistic Staff
- Fri, Nov 8, 2013, 7:30PM
- Sat, Nov 9, 2013, 7:30PM
- Sun, Nov 10, 2013, 7:30PM
- Thu, Nov 14, 2013, 7:30PM
- Fri, Nov 15, 2013, 7:30PM, ASL Interpretation
- Sat, Nov 16, 2013, 7:30PM, Talkback panel
- Sun, Nov 17, 2013, 7:30PM
- Mon, Nov 18, 2013, 7:30PM
- Thu, Nov 21, 2013, 7:30PM
- Fri, Nov 22, 2013, 7:30PM
- Sat, Nov 23, 2013, 7:30PM
- Whit Russ Dugger
- Mabel Hannah K. Holman
- Ashley Heidi Jedlicka Halvarson
- Bek Laura Leffler-McCabe
- Sam Paul Rutledge
- Playwright Tanner Curl
- Playwright Laura Leffler-McCabe
- Director Blake E. Bolan
- Composer Candy Bilyk
- Composer Ben Mattson
- Production Manager Carl Atiya Swanson
- Assistant Production Manager Mason Mahoney
- Stage Manager Nick Haug
- Lighting Designer Jim Eischen
- Costume Designer Christina Lein
- Music Director Ted Moore
- Guitarist Ted Moore
- Violist David Gerald Sutton
- Artwork Design Ashley Flinn