MORE OR LESS I AM

More Or Less I Am is a music- theater piece drawn from Walt Whitman's 1855 "Song of Myself" - conceived and directed by Karin Coonrod with original music by Colin Jacobsen, Kyle Sanna and Eric Jacobsen. 

 

It involves a company of 13 - actors, singers and instrumentalists. MORE OR LESS I AM vitalizes Whitman's call to us, then and now, a declaration of interdependence , an awaking of  the American consciousness. Here in full voice  is our audacious poet laureate whose message  so passionately articulates  our enormous  and creative diversity and seems to  exhort us to get back to our soul and cut a deep mark together.

 2019 Performances

Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Walt Whitman's birth, Compagnia De' Colombari is presenting a series of performances of this adaptation from  Whitman's his first major work.

May 18, 2:30 PM   
Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn

May 26, 7PM   
Ft Greene Park, Brooklyn

May 28, 1:00 PM (Closed to the Public) 
Departmet of Corrections, Manhattan 

May 28, 7:30 PM   

Benefit Performance" 100% of proceeds go directly to supporting
the missions of both Housing Works and Colombari.

Housing Works Book Store, SoHo, Manhattan

May 29, 9:30 PM   

Joe's Pub at The Public Theater, NoHo, Manhattan

May 30, 7:00 PM 

Four Freedoms Park, Roosevelt Island

May 31,  7:00 PM 

Whitman Birthplace, Huntington Long Island

June 1,  2:30 PM  FREE
The Reading Room, Bryant Park, Manhattan

CAST 2019

ARTISTIC/PRODUCTION

Director: Karin Coonrod

Composers:  Colin Jacobsen, Kyle Sanna, Eric Jacobsen, Alex Sopp

Assistant Director:  Rory O. Pelsue

Sound Designer:  Ken Goodwin

Lighting Designer:  Solomon Weisbard

Musical Director:  Kyle Sanna

Stage Manager:  Michelle Joy Navis

Assistant Stage Manager:  Patrick Salerno

General Manager:  Jennifer Newman

Company Manager:  Jennifer Newman

Press Representative:  Michelle Tabnick

Social Media and Marketing Manager:  Ariana Albarella

 

ACTORS

Dietrice Bolden

Sarah Heltzel

Sandor Isaack

Ashlyn Isler 

Giovanni Pucci 

Frank Rodriguez 

 

MUSICIANS

Jake Charkey – cello

Patrick Richardson Davis - steel pan drum

Grant Gordy - guitar

Andrew Rehrig - flute

Kyle A. Sanna - guitar

Skye Steele - violin

Kaoru Watanabe - flute

 

This piece has also been performed  in numerous locations from 2010 to 2017:

 

Governors Island, July 2017

The Greene Space, New York  (September 2012)

Pier 40 the Esplanade, The Old Stone House, Brooklyn Historical Society, Park Avenue Christian Church, 
New York (September 2011)

Marcus Garvey Park, Joe's Pub, Ft. Greene Park, The Wadleigh School, Barge Music, Walt Whitman Birthplace,
Winter Garden World Financial Center, The Old Stone House,
New York (May 2010)

 

CAST 2012

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director: Karin Coonrod

Sound Designer: Tony Geballe

Music Director: Paul Vasile

General Manager: Monica Risi

Production Manager:  Regina Vorria

Stage Manager: Ashley Zednick

 

MUSICIANS (in alphabetical order):

Colin Jacobsen

Eric Jacobsen

Kenny Rampton

Kyle Sanna

Alex Sopp

 

PERFORMERS (in alphabetical order):

Dietrice Bolden

Max Casella

Ayeje Feamster

Sarah Heltzel

Michael Potts

Giovanni Pucci

Michael Rogers

Jorge Rubio

Carlton Taylor

Cheyanne Young

 

 

 

Photographers:  Stephen Bateman, Ben Pardo, Zella Jones, Zen Lael, Gregg Richards

Park Avenue Christian Church,
New York, 2011