Sunday, August 16, 2009

Leaves of Grass

The latest example of baring all for a good long time can be seen at the Cell, where "Leaves of Grass" is being performed, as flyers promise, “without irony or clothing.”

For an hour, nine undressed men and women chant selections from Walt Whitman’s groundbreaking mid-19th-century poems.

Most of the cast members are naked at all times as they make their way through select free verse, including “Song of Myself” and “I Sing the Body Electric.” Some wear tops and bottoms that are eventually shed. One guy wears his glasses throughout.

(taken from The Daily News article entitled 'Leaves of Grass': Walt Whitman's poetry performed sans 'irony or clothing')

“Leaves of Grass,” through Aug. 29 at the Cell, 338 W. 23rd St.