"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
"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
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
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
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.