Workshop Production, Corkscrew Theater Festival - Summer 2019
Walt Whitman BodyJolt™ is 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 seeking a dynamic physical, intellectual, and moral workout. Loosely inspired by a series of self-help articles written by Whitman in 1858 and rediscovered in 2016, the play leads audience members through actual workout routines ranging from aerobics, boxing, Zumba, and interval training.**
As the class progresses, Walt's gentle and inclusive leadership style gives way to something more unsettling, leaving his co-instructor Devin to wrestle with the philosophy behind the BodyJolt regimen and the legacy of Whitman in today's America. 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.
Written + Directed by ALEX HARE, based on the words of Walt Whitman
Choreographed by KATIE ROSE MCLAUGHLIN and NATALIE HRATKO
Original Music by VAN BROH
Featuring ALEX STEIN*, HASSIEM MUHAMMAD*, and ASHLEY JONES | Set Designer DAN DALY | Costume Designer KAREN BOYER | Lighting Designer CHRISTINA TANG | Props Designer CINTHIA CHEN | Stage Manager ISAAC JIFFAR | Assistant Directors GABRIEL LOZADA and JAVON Q. MINTER | Associate Choreographer EMILY PACILIO | Line Producer CHARLES HAYES IV | Fight Choreographer HASSIEM MUHAMMAD | Photos by JUSTIN MCCALLUM | Producing Director, Corkscrew Downstairs ALEXANDRA CADENA