The Beats

Adapted by Marilyn Campbell
Directed by Ann Filmer
January 15 – February 5, 2011
remounted September 15 – October 15, 2011

“It is barely mid-January and already I have seen what might just turn out to be one of the finest productions of the winter season. It’s called “The Beats,” and it is a rousing, thought-provoking, verbally brilliant, jazz-infused, tragicomic reinvention of a time in American history — the beatnik culture of the 1950s.” – Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times, Highly Recommended!

“Filmer’s choice to revive The Beats 14 years after its 1997 debut at Writers’ Theatre is beyond wise; the production on the intimate stage at Berwyn’s 16th Street Theater is aurally evocative and whip-smart , propelled by a young cast capable of delivering all the rage, intellect and humor of Kerouac, Ginsberg and their contemporaries.”
– Time Out Chicago Five Star Review by Ryan Dolley!

“A cast of five young actors, aided and abetted by a pair of veteran jazz men who are the embodiment of hip, recreate the world of the Beats an amazing adaptation of the words, particularly the poems, of the Beat Generation. There’s nothing musty or nostalgic about this portrait of a world now nearly 60 years gone, nor is there anything that even faintly matches your preconceptions of a poetry reading in this extraordinary evening.” – Kelly Kleiman WBEZ

“When the whole cast joins at the end in delivering I Am Waiting by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, you may well feel like going out and searching for your own rebirth of hip and heartfelt wonder.”
— Kerry Reid Chicago Tribune


Grant Strombeck
Derick Polk

Barry Bennett (Sound)
Kurt Sharp (Scenic)
Mac Vaughey (Lights)

STAGE MANAGER: Patrick Murphy

Chicago Sun Times

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Pioneer Press


Chicago Critic