NE Oregon Arts

Multitudes – A One Man Play about Walt Whitman


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Multitudes is an original one man play about the great gay father of American poetry, Walt Whitman. And will be performed at the Josephy Center on Friday, November 8th at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for youth under 12. The play was authored by Valerie and Kim Nuzzo of Zephyr Stage, Fruita, Colorado; it runs a little over an hour with no intermission and addresses Whitman’s thoughts on the democratic ideals of inclusion and the importance of every voice, slavery, women’s rights, his fondness for Abraham Lincoln, his sorrow, turmoil and PTSD around his service as a volunteer nurse in Washington, D.C. during the Civil War. All issues being faced in our own time in one form or another. The nation is celebrating the bicentennial of Walt Whitman’s birth.

The play has been performed in a variety of venues throughout the southwestern United States: at traditional theaters, universities, libraries, bookstores and book festivals, in Scotland at the Festival Fringe in Edinburgh and most recently the play was performed on invitation at the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association Historic Site on Long Island, New York as part of the bicentennial celebration of his birth.

A link to a video of the play is available upon request and below is an endorsement and comment about the play from Professor David Rothman of Western Colorado University, Gunnison, Colorado, Director, Graduate Program in Creative Writing.

I have seen Kim Nuzzo perform Multitudes twice: once at the Lithic Bookstore in Fruita, CO, and then once, at my invitation, at the conference I direct, Writing the Rockies, on the Campus of Western State Colorado University, in Gunnison. Both times, I was completely captured by the deft synthesis of dramatic energy and carefully researched illumination of the Whitman’s work and life. This play, which was written by Valerie and Kim Nuzzo, deserves to stand alongside the very best one-person shows of its kind, even including Luce’s The Belle of Amherst. It will delight any audience who knows anything about Whitman, and instruct and inspire even those who know Whitman deeply. It is a superb play that deserves an extended run, which I hope it receives soon.

We are excited about bringing Walt to new audiences and venues for the play. If our play is one that you would be interested in having performed in your space please contact us at Knuzzo3@gmail.comor (970) 309-4828