November 8 - 23, 2013
The Playwrights' Center
2301 E Franklin Ave
Written by Laura Leffler & Tanner Curl
Originally conceived by Bryan Grosso & Laura Leffler
Music by Candace Emberley, Ben Mattson & the company
Directed by Blake E. Bolan
Created with Umbrella Collective and the ensembles
An American journey through the poetry of Walt Whitman
Umbrella Collective 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.
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.
Photos: Megan Visel
Whit . . . Russ Dugger
Mabel . . . Hannah K. Holman
Ashley . . . Heidi Jedlicka Halvarson
Bek . . . Laura Leffler
Sam . . . Paul Rutledge
Playwrights . . . Tanner Curl, Laura Leffler
Director . . . Blake E. Bolan
Composers . . . Candy Emberley, Ben Mattson
Production Manager . . . Carl Atiya Swanson
Asst. Production Manager . . . Mason Mahoney
Stage Manager . . . Jessica Spivey
Lighting Designer . . . James Eischen
Costume Designer . . . Christina Forga
Music Director & Guitarist . . . Ted Moore
Violist . . . David Gerald Sutton
*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!
“[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