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World Premiere Staged Reading
Presented by UMass Lowell and MRT
October 10 - 14, 2012
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Content Warning: Suggestive Dialogue

“It’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.