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musicals and operas · the collective beat ensemble · Ages 12+ · United States of America

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It’s 1950s Manhattan, and the Village is buzzing with creativity. Jazz music floats through the air while beat poetry adds to the rhythm of the city. “Beatniks” follows the interconnected journey of writers Diane di Prima, Joyce Glassman, Elise Cowen, Hettie Jones, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and more as they rebel against conformity through their artistic visions. This high energy musical gives audiences a look into the lives of several literary icons who rebelled against the conformity of 1950s America. Through their revolutionary poetic expression, these writers conveyed the ideals of a generation that longed for authenticity and self-exploration.

production team

davia schendel *
mina bloom  *
music director/producer
phoebe balson *
stage manager
jared davis *
costume designer
rachel berman *
diane di prima
autumn sylve *
audre lorde
scottie nevil *
hettie jones
nola dodd *
elise cowen
brady richards *
jack kerouac
kyle frattini *
neal cassady
charles platt *
professor williams/peter orlovsky
roxy seven *
joyce glassman

* Fringe Veteran