By Mark Kennedy / AP Drama Writer / March 12, 2012
NEW YORK—Jack Kerouac's (KEHR'-oo-ak) only full-length play will be staged for the first time this fall.
Merrimack Repertory Theatre and the University of Massachusetts Lowell said Monday -- on what would have been Kerouac's 90th birthday -- that they will produce the three-act play called "Beat Generation" in the novelist's hometown of Lowell, Mass.
The world premiere of the play -- staged reading for eight performances only -- is the centerpiece of the 2012 Jack Kerouac Literary Festival, which will be held Oct. 10-14.
Kerouac wrote "Beat Generation" -- which draws on his life and those of other Beat writers, including Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg -- in 1957, the same year his classic "On the Road" was released.