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October 2019

UNLAUNCH’D VOICES: An Evening with Walt Whitman featuring Stephen Collins

Join the Friends of the Library for this one-man show starring Stephen Collins.  Unlaunch’d Voices, an Evening With Walt Whitman opens with the elderly Whitman on the evening of his seventieth birthday. The audience is a visitor in his room as he prepares for his birthday celebration. Whitman begins to reminisce and to question his success as a man and a poet. He tells us his work has proved to be “less than a failure”.


UNLAUNCH’D VOICES: An Evening with Walt Whitman will take place on October 20 at 4:00pm along with a reception and refreshments at 3:30pm at The Larchmont Public Library.


During the telling, Whitman transforms into his young vibrant self and we begin to trace back along with him the experiences that led to the creation of Leaves Of Grass, his lifetime work. The first part of the performance explores Whitman’s preoccupation with the self and his resolve to write with “free and brave thought”. We revel with him as he celebrates his body and himself and are confidants as he shares his struggle with his sexual self.


In the second part of the performance, Whitman’s life is changed forever by the occurrence of the Civil War. It is here that he finds “... the most important work of my life...” nursing the wounded soldiers in the hospitals. Through poetry and readings of actual letters, we experience Whitman’s movement from selfishness and selflessness and his growth into a mature artist who is at peace about “himself, God and death.”

Unlaunch’d Voices, an Evening With Walt Whitman, was conceived and is performed by Stephen Collins and written and directed by Michael Keamy.