Word Over All: Walt Whitman & Pablo Neruda

A quick note, to say how much Carole and I enjoyed the Whitman/Neruda play. A terrific cast, and very well mounted and paced. Congrats to all, and a particular shout-out to Dan Bohnhorst for pulling it all together - great job. (Yves Lucero's guitar work was a stand-out, and Lena Stavely's vocals, but not to take anything away from the on-stage ensemble and the production crew.) One of the very best theatrical experiences I've had in Santa Fe, the last ten years.

Regards and respects,

David Edgerley Gates


Teatro Paraguas presents Word Over All: Walt Whitman and Pablo Neruda, a celebration of the poetry and prose of two of the Americas' most beloved poets, opening on August 13, 2015 at Teatro Paraguas Studio in Santa Fe, and continuing for three performances.

Whitman and Neruda never met (Neruda was born twelve years after Whitman's death), yet Whitman had a profound influence on Neruda, and there is a strong kinship between their work. Both poets can be by turns personal and political, tender and biting, carnal and ethereal. Both poets celebrate our common humanity, and seek to uplift those traditionally neglected by society.

Word Over All will present the work of Whitman and Neruda without any additional narration, as we seek to demonstrate an inherent relationship and dialogue between the two poets.

The show will feature a number of recently unearthed Neruda poems, discovered among his papers in Chile, and published in Spanish for the first time earlier this year. We are excited to be presenting this“new”work, and to be among the very first to present English translations of the work.

Word Over All is a fully bilingual production: Whitman will be translated into Spanish, and Neruda will be translated into English. These translations will be projected to one side of the stage, while actors will perform the work in its original language.

Dan Bohnhorst, a cast member from the last three shows in Teatro Paraguas' Poesia Viva Poetry Tribute series, has selected and arranged the poetry and prose into a script, and will both direct and act in the production.

The cast includes Liza Frolkis, Jonathan Harrell, Alexandra Hudson, Argos MacCallum, Crawford MacCallum, Xochitl Montelongo-Ehrl, Roxanne Tapia, and James Stake.

The production will include a musical interpretation of Neruda's “Oda a la Guitarra,” performed by Lena Stavely and Yves Lucero. Lucero will also provide guitar accompaniment for selected pieces throughout the show.

Word Over All will run Thursday, August 13, Friday August 14 and Saturday August 15 at 7:30 PM, and Sunday August 16 matinee at 2 PM. Tickets are $15 general admission, and $10 limited income. Call 505-424-1601 for reservations or additional information.