Jack Kerouac’s Only Play Premieres in His Hometown

With the film adaptation of Jack Kerouac‘s “unfilmable” novel On the Road about to be released, it’s not a surprise that new interest is being drummed up in the counterculture author’s work.  Perhaps most notable is the University of Massachusetts Lowell is holding a Jack Kerouac Literary Festival, and the festival, which is celebrated in Kerouac’s hometown of Lowell, is centered around the premiere of the only play Kerouac ever wrote, Beat Generation, which was written in 1957 (the same year Kerouac published On the Road). 

The play was discovered in a New Jersey warehouse in 2005 and published later that year.  Kerouac wasn’t pleased with the script, which he wrote about a day in the life of him and his contemporary writers.  Similar to the n the play are stand-ins for Kerouac (“Buck), Neal Cassady (“Milo”), Allen Ginsberg (“Irwin”), and Gregory Corso (“Manuel”) and it follows their lives in New York City for a single day as they consider where their lives are heading now that they are over thirty and have families.

This is the first production of the play, and it is being produced as staged readings this week through Sunday. For more information see the festival’s website here.

via The Associated Press

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Jeff-Daniels.jpg
Jeff Daniels Remembers a Terrible Audition for a Diane Keaton Movie
One actor that knows the ups and downs of the audition process is Jeff Daniels.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Jennifer-Jason-Leigh-The-Hateful-Eight.jpg
Jennifer Jason Leigh on Her First-Ever Oscar Nomination: “It’s kind of phenomenal”
"He knew that I could, in his words, 'act the … out of it' and I'm not afraid to take a risk in terms of acting" Jennifer Jason Leigh on Quentin Tarantino
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Forest-Whitaker-Hughie-Broadway.jpg
Forest Whitaker on Making His Broadway Debut in ‘Hughie’: “His rhythms are starting to invade inside of me”
"I want to get better as an actor, to keep trying to work harder, trying to discover something different" - Forest Whitaker
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/alicia-Vikander-Ex-machina.jpg
Alicia Vikander on the Her First Trip to L.A. and the Acting Tip ‘Ex-Machina’ Director Alex Garland Gave Her
"You [get immersed in] a film and of course you think that that is it. And then you go away and you read a new script and you have a new crush" - Alicia Vikander
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Channing-Tatum-Hail-Caesar.jpg
Channing Tatum Talks ‘Hail, Caesar!’: “I’ve been beating on the Coens’ door for years, man”
“It’s the most I’ve ever prepped for a six-minute section in a movie." - Channing Tatum