Merrimack Repertory Theatre Blog



Merrimack Repertory Theatre and the University of Massachusetts Lowell announced today that tickets for the world premiere staged reading of Jack Kerouac’s “Beat Generation” will go on sale Thursday, July 26 at noon. Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased at or by calling the MRT box office at 978-654-4678. The centerpiece of the 2012 Jack Kerouac Literary Festival, “Beat Generation” runs for eight performances only Oct. 10 through Oct. 14. “Beat Generation” will be performed in MRT’s intimate, newly renovated 279-seat theater. Order early – only a limited number of tickets will be available to this once-in-a-lifetime literary event.

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. Written in the author’s trademark autobiographical style, the play follows a group of friends based on Kerouac, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg and others over the course of one day in 1955. The play’s premiere is being presented in Lowell with the support and collaboration of Kerouac Literary Estate representative John Sampas.

“It is apt that the premiere production of Jack Kerouac’s play ‘Beat Generation’ shall take place in his hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts in October at Merrimack Repertory Theatre under the guidance of the inimitable director Charles Towers,” Sampas said.

The 2012 Jack Kerouac Literary Festival will be held Oct. 10 through Oct. 14 by UMass Lowell, Lowell Celebrates Kerouac!, the Cultural Organization of Lowell and other community partners and features a variety of programs inspired by Kerouac’s works and life in Lowell showcasing prominent contemporary authors. The festival’s theme this year is “Writing and Music” and will offer unique programs including singer-songwriter Tanya Donelly (of Throwing Muses, The Breeders and Belly) and writer Rick Moody (“The Ice Storm” and “On Celestial Music and Other Adventures in Listening”) discussing experimentation with the line between making music and writing prose, as well as events with authors such as Joe Blair (“By the Iowa Sea”) and David Kaiser (“How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture and the Quantum Revival”) and poets Tom Sexton (“Bridge Street at Dusk”) and Anne Waldman of The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. A reception and book-signing will be held for “Young Angel Midnight: An Emerging Generation in Lowell,” the award-winning anthology featuring two dozen UMass Lowell alumni, as well as screenings of films with Kerouac connections, literary discussions, bus and walking tours of Kerouac sites around Lowell, musical performances by Kerouac contemporaries like David Amram, art exhibits and more. For a full schedule, visit

“Beat Generation” is sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Lowell with additional support from 92.5 The River. MRT is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.


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