A play in the form of an audience participatory exercise class led by Walt Whitman, the esteemed poet and, now, the creator of a new fitness regimen for 21st-century Americans. Part of the Corkscrew Festival. More…
From the show:
Loosely inspired by a series of self-help articles written by Whitman in 1858 and rediscovered in 2016, the play encourages audience members to follow Walt and his co-instructor Devin as they confront (or avoid) their own obstacles and insecurities.
As the class progresses through aerobics, boxing, Zumba, interval training, and meditation, Walt's gentle and inclusive leadership style gives way to something more unsettling, leaving Devin to wrestle with the philosophy behind the BodyJolt regimen, the legacy of Whitman in today's America, and the process of self-improvement in and of itself. Movers of all levels are welcome for this sweaty exploration of how we train to be better - as people, as citizens, and as a country.
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