MORE OR LESS I AM is a music-theater piece drawn entirely from Walt Whitman’s 1855 “Song of Myself.” Conceived and directed by international director Karin Coonrod, who debuted at The Greene Space with The New Theater of Sound’s Alan Ayckbourn Reading Series, with original music by Colin Jacobsen, Kyle Sanna, Eric Jacobsen and Alex Sopp. MORE OR LESS I AM involves 16 performers including the Jacobsen Brothers (from The Knights and Brooklyn Rider), Kenny Rampton (of the Mingus Band), Michael Potts (taking a night off from Book of Mormon), Max Casella (from The Sopranos), Michael Rogers, Dietrice Bolden, Ayeje Feamster, Jorge Rubio, Giovanni Pucci, Carlton Taylor, Cheyanne Young, mezzo-soprano Sarah Heltzel along with several members of the audience.
MORE OR LESS I AM speaks-sings aloud our individual greatness and our great commonality. Like his contemporary Lincoln, Whitman takes the vision of America to a new level: a place we are still reaching for today. MORE OR LESS I AM vitalizes Whitman’s call to us, then and now, a declaration of interdependence, an awakening of the American consciousness, serving the community not only because it involves diverse artists, but also by its very challenge to our souls as New Yorkers, Americans and human beings.
Join us in the Greene Space for 55 intense minutes as we experience our fellow New Yorker, Walt Whitman, one of the roughs, the poet-laureate of the Americas.