If I were still living in New England, I’d be heading for the Kerouac Literary Festival…
…more precisely to the Merrimac Repertory Theatre in Kerouac’s hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts, where Beat Generation, a three-act play rediscovered in a New Jersey warehouse in 2005, will be staged for the first time this October.
Kerouac is an author I have followed since reading On The Road when I was a teenager. Beat Generation was written around the same time as a commission from off-Broadway producer Leo Gavin, but it was never produced or published.
Kerouac tried to get Marlon Brando and several producers’ interest in a production, but failed. After that the script was shelved.
It was rediscovered in 2005 and Kerouac’s then agent, Sterling Lord commented:
“It conveys the mood of the time extraordinarily well, and also the characters are authentically drawn.”
The play was apparently written in one night in 1957 and draws on his own life and those of other Beat writers including Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg, who subsequently starred in the film Pull My Daisy, which was based in part on Beat Generation.
If you’re a Kerouac fan and near Lowell, MA, in October, this is something to see.
- Hit the Road, Jack (mohighlibrary.wordpress.com)
- Jazz and Jack – Celebrating Jack Kerouac’s 90th Birthday (communicatingacrossboundariesblog.com)
- Jerry Cimino: ‘On the Road’ Movie Trailer Promises an Adaptation Worthy of Kerouac (huffingtonpost.com)
- Jack Kerouac, meet Kristen Stewart: ‘On the Road’ movie debuts trailer (insidemovies.ew.com)
Posted on March 13, 2012, in Announcement, Art, Arts, Books, creativity, event, film, history, News, Opinion, quote, Theatre and Art, Word from Bill and tagged Allen Ginsberg, Beat Generation, Jack Kerouac, Kerouac, Marlon Brando, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Neal Cassady, University of Massachusetts Lowell. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.