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article imageKerouac's only play premieres in Massachusetts hometown

By Layne Weiss     Oct 10, 2012 in Arts
Lowell - Legendary writer Jack Kerouac's only play, "Beat Generation" is coming to life in Kerouac's hometown of Lowell, MA from Wednesday October 10 through Sunday October 14.
"Beat Generation" follows a day in the life of Jack Kerouac, who died of abdominal hemorrhaging (after life-long drinking) in 1969 at the age of 47, and his buddies as they "booze, bet, and banter, occasionally reflecting on the turns their lives have taken, and the changes their friendship faces after leaving behind life on the road,"The AP reports.
"It's exactly what you imagine a play by Kerouac to be like, full on riffing, dialogue, and beat poems," says director Charles Towers.
Producers describe the play as a "story of friendship and karma in the 50s," BBC News reports.
Kerouac originally wrote "Beat Generation" in 1957, and the manuscript was discovered in 2005. The world premiere of the play will be the main feature at this year's Jack Kerouac Literally Festival. The festival is held every two years at UMass Lowell in order for the author's hometown to celebrate his legacy, Empty Mirror magazine reports.
The play is being presented by the Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Tickets are available for only $10.
When the play's manuscript was first discovered in 2005, actor Ethan Hawke read a passage in New York, but this will be the first time the play is performed in its entirety, BBC News reports.
Director Charles Towers describes the "Beat Generation" as "bittersweet" as it illustrates the "end of an era" as Kerouac would venture out on his own to write Big Sur and The Dharma Bums.
Kerouac, who also wrote the classic novel, On The Road in 1957, would have turned 90 on March 12, 2012.
It took the author only 3 weeks to finish On The Road, but he had to wait seven years to see it published, The New York Times reported back in 1969 when the author died.
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