Word Over All: Walt Whitman and Pablo Neruda 2019

 Word Over All: Walt Whitman and Pablo Neruda 


Revival! —August 30 - September 8, 2019                                                

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Word Over All will run two weekends:
August 30-September 1, and September 5-8. 

Thursday (2nd week only), Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 PM, and Sunday matinees begin at 2 PM.

Tickets are $15 general admission, and $10 for those with limited income. 

Call 505-424-1601 for reservations or email the box office  at teatroparaguas@gmail.com, or use link above to purchase tickets online. 

Teatro Paraguas presents Word Over All: Walt Whitman and Pablo Neruda, a celebration of the poetry and prose of two of the Americas' most beloved poets, opening on August 30, 2019 for seven performances at Teatro Paraguas Studio in Santa Fe. Teatro Paraguas originally presented Word Over All in for two weekends in March 2015 as part of the ongoing ¡Poesía Viva! poetry performance series. The production was presented again for one weekend in April 2015 due to popular demand, and revived for yet another weekend in August 2015. 

This year's revival coincides with and celebrates Walt Whitman's 200th birthday. 

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 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 Neruda poems unearthed in 2014, discovered among his papers in Chile, and published only recently. We are excited to be presenting this “new” work alongside Neruda classics. 


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 on a screen above the stage, while actors will perform the work in its original language. 

Daniel 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. The cast includes Liza Frolkis, Jonathan Harrell, Alexandra Hudson, Argos MacCallum, Paola Martini, JoJo Sena de Tarnoff, Xochitl Ehrl, Roxanne Tapia, and James Stake. 

The production will include a musical interpretation of Neruda's “Oda a la Guitarra,” performed by cast members. There will also be guitar accompaniment for selected pieces throughout the show. 

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Ten actors and musicians present the poetry and prose of two of the Americas' finest poet-statesmen in their own language (including three poems by Neruda discovered in 2014), with projected translations. 

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. 

We seek to demonstrate an inherent relationship and dialogue between the two poets through an arc of themes including love, civil disobedience, war, birds, eels, and the beyond. 





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