VENICE, CA – November 6: A lineup of L.A.’s poets and actors will perform poems by Beat Era icons in a re-creation of the historic 1955 Six Gallery poetry reading in a theatrical performance produced by Michael C. Ford, Rex Weiner and Eve Brandstein.
The shamanistic evocation of the Beat Era, staged at Beyond Baroque, the legendary Venice poetry mecca, is a “must see” for those who love Beat poetry and great performances.
In this limited engagement on two dates—November 16 and December 7—today’s poets recall the lyrical language, powerful political commentary and eloquent insults of the influential writers of the Beat Era, all the while awaiting the arrival of “Jack” (Kerouac), who is always late to every engagement. Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Diane DiPrima, LeRoi Jones, Ann Waldman, and Gary Snyder are just few of the spirits conjured to appear in these two performances. Jack finally arrives, but in a magically unexpected manner.This 90-minute theatrical experience was created by Michael C. Ford and Rex Weiner, who play regulars in a mythic Beat cafe, summoning the poets who are introduced as they appear, and providing social commentary as the events and attitudes of the past reflect and are reinterpreted in new realities of our Millennial age. The performance is directed by Eve Brandstein and Rex Weiner.
Advance tickets are available for $15 athttp://WaitingforJack.eventbrite.com.
EVENT FACTS: WAITING FOR JACK
WHERE: Beyond Baroque
681 Venice Boulevard
WHEN: November 16, 8PM
December 7, 8PM
About Michael C. Ford
Michael C. Ford is one of L.A.’s best-known poets and working playwrights. From 1974 through 1977 he co-edited the prose/poetry journal called The Sunset Palms Hotel. He also edited the anthologies, The Mount Alverno (Peace Press, 1971) and Foreign Exchange (Biographies, 1979). Ford has also done collaborative recordings with The Doors drummer John Densmore, and musician Ray Manzarek, and his spoken word record “Language Commando” earned a Grammy nomination in 1986.
About Rex Weiner
Rex Weiner’s articles have appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, the New Yorker, New York Observer and LA Weekly. With Deanne Stillman, Weiner co-authored “The Woodstock Census” (Viking), a survey of the impact of the Sixties Generation on American society. His screenwriting credits include the 1990 20th Century Fox feature film “The Adventures of Ford Fairlane,” based on his original stories. He directed his play, Be Bop A Lula at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe. He is currently Hollywood correspondent for Rolling Stone Italia and writes regularly for The Forward.
About Eve Brandstein
Since launching her spoken word series Poetry In Motion in 1988, Eve Brandstein has played host to hundreds of writers, actors and poets in New York and Los Angeles. In addition to being a working writer, director and fine artist, Eve Brandstein has been a major studio and network executive, a producer and casting director for TV and film, including the epic “Spinal Tap.” She is a publisher of The Hollywood Review, an anthology of L.A. poets and the author of “The Actor – A Practical Guide to a Professional Career.” Her next poetry collection will be published by Zeitgeist Press. For more information: www.EveBrandsteinProductions.com