Walt Whitman’s Secret

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Based on Canadian literary luminary George Fetherling’s critically acclaimed 2011 novel of the same name, Walt Whitman’s Secret by Sean O’Leary mines the life of the most influential poet in the American canon for insights about creativity, sexuality, relations between the sexes and the often irreconcilable tensions between idealized love and how love actually manifests. Was Whitman – one of history’s most eloquent versifiers on romantic love – ever able to attain the kind of love he wrote so forcefully about?

Written by Sean O’Leary
Based on the novel by George Fetherling
Dramaturgy by C. E. Gatchalian
Directed by Jack Paterson

Featuring Conrad Belau, Adele Noronha, Kamyar Pazandeh and Tom Pickett

Set Design by Michelle Allard
Lighting Design by Itai Erdal
Costume Design by Carmen Alatorre
Sound Design by Dorothy Dittrich
Stage Management by Jethelo Espaldon Cabilete

Produced by the frank theatre company, with the support of Presentation House Theatre

“Beautifully produced and performed….Adele Noronha makes an exquisite Anne. Her tone is conversational and simple. Emotionally, she’s transparent and responsive. And Noronha grasps Anne’s intelligence without being flashy about it. If you want to witness the rewards of understatement, watch this performance. I also particularly enjoyed Conrad Belau’s Horace. Horace negotiates some tricky emotional terrain and, thanks to Belau, I bought every inch of it….[As Walt,] there’s an underlying credibility, sensuality, and openheartedness about [Tom Pickett’s] performance. Kamyar Pazandeh’s realization of Pete is refreshingly frank and simple, and his voice is beautiful.” – Colin Thomas, colinthomas.ca

“The all-white surround of Michelle Allard’s set becomes a canvas for the shadows thrown by Itai Erdal’s sculptural lighting, Carmen Alatorre cleverly slips wisps of manuscript into details of her handsome period costumes, and Dorothy Dittrich’s music is sumptuously textured.”
-Kathleen Oliver, The Georgia Straight

Oct 14-23, 2016 (Wednesday to Saturday, 8 pm | Sunday, 2 pm)
Preview performance: Oct 13, 8pm
Gala fundraiser performance: Oct 19, 6:30pm
ASL-interpreted performance: Oct 21, 8pm
Presentation House Theatre (333 Chesterfield Ave, North Vancouver)
Tickets: On sale now through the Presentation House Theatre Box Office

This project was made possible through the generous support of our funders: Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council, the Province of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver, Metro Vancouver, Myer Leech, and Yosef Wosk; and our media sponsor, DailyXtra.com.