Word Over All will present the work of Whitman and Neruda without any additional narration, as we seek to demonstrate an inherent relationship and dialogue between the two poets.
The show will feature a number of recently unearthed Neruda poems, discovered among his papers in Chile, and published in Spanish for the first time earlier this year. We are excited to be presenting this“new”work, and to be among the very first to present English translations of the work.
Word Over All is a fully bilingual production: Whitman will be translated into Spanish, and Neruda will be translated into English. These translations will be projected to one side of the stage, while actors will perform the work in its original language.
Dan Bohnhorst, a cast member from the last three shows in Teatro Paraguas' Poesia Viva Poetry Tribute series, has selected and arranged the poetry and prose into a script, and will both direct and act in the production.
Whitman and Neruda never met (Neruda was born twelve years after Whitman's death), yet Whitman had a profound influence on Neruda, and there is a strong kinship between their work. Both poets can be by turns personal and political, tender and biting, carnal and ethereal. Both poets celebrate our common humanity, and seek to uplift those traditionally neglected by society.
Word Over All: Walt Whitman and Pablo Neruda
- 3205 Calle Marie
- Santa Fe, NM 87507
- Teatro Paraguas
- Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 limited income. 505-424-1601