Beat Generation

BY JACK KEROUAC
THE WORLD PREMIERE STAGED READING
Presented by UMass Lowell and MRT
October 10 - 14, 2012

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KerouacIt's five years later. They're no longer on the road. But they're still friends. And they're more beat than ever.

The world premiere of the play is the centerpiece of the 2012 Jack Kerouac Literary Festival, which will be held Oct. 10 through Oct. 14 in Lowell, Kerouac's hometown. The festival, held every two years by UMass Lowell – Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! and numerous other community partners – features a variety of programs inspired by Kerouac's works and life in Lowell and showcases prominent contemporary authors. This year's theme is "Writing and Music."

"Beat Generation" is a story of friendship and karma set in the 1950s and its characters and dialogue capture the Beat mentality at the roots of American counterculture as only Kerouac could. The play's premiere is being presented in Lowell with the support and collaboration of Kerouac Literary Estate representative John Sampas.
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Special Events

All book signings will begin 30 minutes prior to curtain.

Thursday, Oct. 11 - 7:30pm
For those interested in staying after the performance, poet Ann Waldman will speak on Allen Ginsberg, the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics (now Naropa University) and her impressions of the Beat Generation script.

Saturday, Oct. 13 - 4:00pm
Pre-show book signing & post-show discussion with David Amram
"Off Beat"
"Up Beat"

Saturday, Oct. 13 - 8:00pm
Pre-show book signing & post-show discussion with Joyce Johnson
"The Voice Is All: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac"
"Minor Characters: A Beat Memoir"
"Door Wide Open: A Beat Love Affair in Letters, 1957-1958"

Sunday, Oct. 14 - 2:00pm
Pre-show Book signing by Marilene Phipps-Kettlewell
"Jack Kerouac: Collected Poems"

Sunday, Oct. 14 - 7:00pm
Post-show discussion with UML Faculty members Mike Millner and Todd Tietchen

CAST
Buck.............................Tony Crane
Jule...............................Che Ayende
Tommy...........................Armin Shimerman
Milo...............................Joey Collins
Vicki...............................Elise Arsenalt
Slim................................Larry Bull
Manuel............................Brian Quijada
A woman at the track........Kitty Swink
A female passerby............Stephanie Bates
Irwin................................Ari Butler
Paul.................................William Connell
Cora................................Tamara Hickey
Mezz...............................Christopher James Webb
The Bishop.......................Seumas Sargent
Mrs. Bishop......................Kitty Swink
Mrs. Twidley.....................Jean Lambert

BIOS

TONY CRANE (Buck) Film: Simone, Down with the Joneses, The War of the Roses. Television: Ugly Betty, Third Watch, Judging Amy, C.S.I, Touched by an Angel, Frasier. Broadway: Butley, Sight Unseen.

CHE AYENDE (Jule/Julius Chauncy) Film and Television: Person of Interest, Surviving Family, The Good Wife, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, As the World Turns. New York Theatre: King Lear, Timon of Athens, Inked Baby Larry Bull (Slim Summerville) Broadway: The Coast of Utopia: Voyage, The Coast of Utopia: Shipwreck, The Coast of Utopia: Salvage. New York Theatre: Kenneth – What is the Frequency?, Kirby.

ARMIN SHIMERMAN (Tommy) TV: Best known for his role as “Quark” on Star Trek: Deep Space 9 and a recurring role on Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Perception, Boston Legal, Girls Club, The West Wing, Charmed, Invisible Man, The Practice, Brooklyn Bridge. Film: Atlas Shrugged, Who Slew Simon Thaddeus Mulberry…, Star Trek Insurrection, Blind Date. Broadway: Three Penny Opera, St. Joan, Broadway, I Remember Mama.

JOEY COLLINS(Milo) MRT: Beasley’s Christmas Party (IRNE Nomination). Broadway: The Glass Menagerie with Jessica Lange, Rock n Roll, The Lonesome West. Off-Broadway: Vieux Carré directed by Austin Pendleton; Bug; Beasley’s Christmas Party, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, Apartment 3A, The Antigone Project. Regional: Neil LaBute’s In A Forest Dark and Deep and Evan M. Weiner’s Captors, Contemporary American Theater Festival; The Pillowman, A Steady Rain, The Shape of Things, Sideman, Rep. Theatre of St. Louis; The Night of the Iguana, The Caretaker, Triad Stage; Suddenly Last Summer, Berkeley Rep.; Kingdom of Earth, Yale Rep.; Proof, Pioneer Theatre; Custody of the Eyes, Cleveland Playhouse; The Glass Menagerie, directed by Charles Towers at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Film: Dottie’s Thanksgiving Pickle with Olympia Dukakis; Bittersweet.Television: Law and Order, Kidnapped, All My Children, Guiding Light, As the World Turns.Education: MFA: Alabama Shakepeare Festival, University of Alabama; BA: University of North Carolina at Wilmington. www.joeycollins.net

ELISE ARSENALT (Vicki) Film/Television/Internet: Taste of You, Interchanges, Heroine Project, The Envelope. New York Theatre: Eclectic Eve of Shorts.

BRIAN QUIJADA(Manuel) Regional: How We Got On, The People Speak, Live!, A Christmas Carol, The Fantasticks

KITTY SWINK (Woman at the Track/Mrs. Bishop) Off-Broadway: Augustus Does His Bit, Great Nebula in Orion, The Lugosi Trilogy. Regional: The Cavalcaders, Florida Stage; Love’s Labours’ Lost, The Barte;. Boldgirls, Dangerous Corner (Ovation and LA Drama Critic nominations) The Matrix Theatre Co; Juno and the Paycock, The Odyssey Theatre; Macbeth, The Autumn Garden, Tonight at 8:30, and many others at Antaeus Theater. Film: I am I, The Selling, Hard to Come By, Patty Hearst , Boxboarders, Like Father Like Son, In the Mood (and others). Television: recurring roles on South of Nowhere and For the People, guest star including Harry’s Law, Law and Order: LA, Leverage, Judging Amy, Star Trek DS9, Monk, Without a trace, Crossing Jordan. Other: Happily married to actor/author Armin Shimerman.

STEPHANIE BATES (A Blonde) Film: Opioid Overdose: A Hidden Danger. Regional: The Nutcracker, New England Civic Ballet.

ARI BUTLER (Irwin) MRT: Debut. Off-Broadway/New York: Poetic License, 59E59; Fugue (Director Judith Ivey), Cherry Lane Theater; Dreyfus in Rehearsal, The Beckett at Theater Row. Regional: The Shape of Things, Stanford Theater Works; How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (Finch), Drayton Festival; Broadway Bound,Crossing Delancy, Forestburgh Playhouse; Heir, Prince Theater; Bye Bye Birdie, North Shore Music Theater; Disney’s Aladdin, Hyperion Theater. Film/Television: Coming Up Roses (with Bernadette Peters) Education: NYU – Tisch

WILLIAM CONNELL (Paul) MRT: The Voice of the Turtle. Broadway: A View From the Bridge (2010 Broadway revival), The Coast of Utopia, Lincoln Center Theater. Off-Broadway: Alphabetical Order, The Maddening Truth, Keen Company; The Dinner Party, Lincoln Center Institute; Mary Stuart, NYCT. Regional: Hamlet, Aspen Music Festival; The Hour of Feeling, Humana; Pride and Prejudice, Geva Theatre Center; The Glass Menagerie, Two River Theatre; Murder On The Nile, Dorset Theatre Festival; As You Like It, Weston Playhouse; Babette’s Feast, Threads Theatre Co.; Sherlock Holmes, The Early Years, NYMF; All’s Well That End’s Well, TFANA; The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, TWUSA; The Tempest,The Picture of Dorian Gray, SRT. TV/Film: Smash, Not Fade Away, Gossip Girl, Law & Order, Guiding Light. Education: B.F.A. UNCSA

TAMARA HICKEY (Cora) MRT: Aunt Dan & Lemon (Mindy). Off-Broadway/New York: The Wrath of Aphrodite (Aphrodite) - The Barrow Group Arts Center; Present Tense (Anais) - Ensemble Studio Theatre. Regional: Living In Exile (Briseis) - Actors’ Shakespeare Project; Cabaret (Texas) - American Repertory Theatre; Holiday (Linda), The Imaginary Invalid (Toinette), The Matchmaker (Mrs. Molloy), Hamlet (Ophelia), As You Like It (Rosalind), Three Musketeers (Milady), Robin Hood (Maid Marion) all at Elm Shakespeare Company; Airport Hell (Attendant) - Boston Theatre Marathon. International: Tamara (Tamara) - Necessary Angel, Toronto; Beauty and The Beast (Silly Girl/Babette understudy) Toronto Production. Film/Television: In Your Eyes (with Zoe Kazan), It All Happens Incredibly Fast (Independent), Against The Ropes (with Meg Ryan)TV: The Makeover (ABC), The Gilded Lilys (ABC Pilot), Army Wives (Lifetime), One Life to Live (ABC) Canadian Television: Rent A Goalie, This Is Wonderland, Puppets Who Kill, DOC, Blue Murder (Series Lead), The Associates (Series Lead), Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Angels In The Infield, Dying To Dance, Code Name: Eternity, Small Vices, Bad As I Wanna Be. Education: MFA from American Repertory Theatre.

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