chas sing does(who

  (2015)

Synopsis

A setting of the eponymous poem by E. E. Cummings; no. 34 of 2015’s 100 Poems.

The speakers appear on stage. The whistler begins whistling offstage (improvising “a little ditty, major key, light, happy (as if strolling down the avenue)”) before entering and crossing upstage of the speakers to stand on the opposite side of the stage. The speakers begin reciting the poem (which is notated beneath graphic markings which indicate spoken pitch) on top of the whistler’s melody. The speakers finish. The whistler exits opposite where he entered, continuing to whistle. The speakers exit opposite the whistler. The whistling continues for a short moment for, then ceases to be heard.