Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac written by Patrick Fenton,
is directed by award winning audio dramatist Sue Zizza, and takes place
at the end of summer 1964. Based on a recording that was made in Kerouac's Northport,
Long Island living room, as he and his mother, Memere, pack to leave for St. Petersburg,
Florida - the place where he would finally end his many road journeys - this play
blends the reality of that last night with other moments in Kerouac's life to
create an image of an artist in transition.
this last night in New York, as Jack hosts a going away party for himself, he
thinks back to the America he saw, riding alongside Neal Cassady, as they drove
back and forth across the US. Throughout the beer-soaked night, Jack reflects
back on fame, the fame he tried unsuccessfully to hide from in Northport, and
a cultural shift taking place in America that has him worried that his time has
come and gone.
the memories play through his mind, Jack also receives a series of soul-searching
phone calls from his daughter, Jan, who is desperate to connect with the man she
believes is her father.
from Jack's Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac
were recorded on location at Gunther's
Tap Room in Northport, NY - one of Jack's favorite haunts - and features
music by Composer David Amram, who scored the 1959 Jack Kerouac, Allen
Ginsberg, and Neal Cassady film "Pull My Daisy".
& Of Note! - A Tribute & Celebration
of Jack Kerouac - October 21, 2009, will
mark the 40th anniversary of the passing of Jack Kerouac. In tribute to
Jack, a return performance of the Patrick Fenton play,"Jack's
Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac" will take place at Gunter's
Tap Room in Northport, NY on Oct 24th at 2 PM. This
tribute performance will feature Drew Keil as Jack Kerouac, Sue
Anne Dennehy as Jan, his daughter, Ed Dennehey as Neal Cassady;
Jack O'Connell as Leo Kerouac. Phyllis March as Memere
Kerouac and Stephen Ryan as the Reporter (narrator). Gunter's
Tap Room is located at 84 Main Street, Northport, New York. Admission
is Free, eating is limited and no reservations required.
Of Note - Kerouac's Long Island -
As Jack made his farewell to New York in Northport he also spent his formative
times from 1943 to 1954 in the Borough of Queens where Kerouac conceived and completed
some of his most renown work such as Visions
of Body and part of On
Kerouac Raconteur, Pat Fenton has long championed greater recognition of
Kerouac in Long Island, what Fenton refers to as the lost years of Jack
an effort to edify and facilitate scholars, students and Kerouac fans, Fenton
has composed a travelogue Walking Tour book titled "Jack
Kerouac's Queens - The Lost Years" that verifies the existence
of these years and traces the places in Ozone Park and Richmond Hill that are
significant part of the Kerouac literary legacy.
are pleased to present Patrick Fenton's, "Jack
Kerouac's Queens - The Lost Years" in electronic form here
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People Are Saying About . . .
play shows Jack at a difficult time in his life, and it does it with a rare understanding
of how he tried to deal with the dilemma of unwanted celebrity while finding a
way to continue pursuing his goals as an author. Fenton has created a moving portrait
of a unique artist, rather than another dreary "Beat" stereotype. Bravo!"
David Amram, Composer
Patrick Fenton based his script on recordings of Kerouac's final conversations
with friends [who he met] at Gunther's Bar in Northport. It's written with emotion
and such attention to detail that the monologues are reminiscent of a Kerouac
Andrea Paquin, The Lowell Sun
writing, excellent audio mix and effects...a superb piece of work."
Tom Lopez, ZBS Foundation
Fenton and Larry Smith,
friend of JK at Gunther's Tap Room
Author and Playwright, Patrick Fenton, the son of
Irish immigrants, was born in the Irish working-class tenements of Windsor Terrace,
Brooklyn on St Patrick's Day, 1941.
a writer, Fenton's stories and articles have appeared in numerous publications
including the New York Times, New York Newsday, New York Magazine
and The Daily News. As a noted Kerouac scholar, Fenton's stories, "The
Wizard of Ozone Park" and "Drinking
With Jack Kerouac in a Rockaway Bar" are eclectic bookend
perspectives of the great American author and his stories "Confessions
of a Working Stiff" and "Stoopdreamer
and Other Brooklyn Stories" a roadmap of his coming of age
as a NYC Irish-American blue-collar Joe.
a Playwright, Fenton's "Kerouac's
Last Call" is a poignant look at Jack Kerouasc's last
days in Newport, LI as he wrestled with his misconstrued career. Click
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Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac premiered April 2, 2008 on
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Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac
has been made possible
by funding from Midsummer Sound
Company and the Beckerman Archives.
thanks to Peter Gunther and Gunther's
Tap Room (Northport, NY) for on-location recording.
to David Amram for the
use of music in this production composed and performed by him.
also to the ZBS Foundation.
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