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erouac's Last Call - A Play by Patrick Fenton
"Kerouac's Last Call" - A Play by Patrick Fenton.

The drinking, the fame that grew after On the Road was published, the battles with his family, these parts of Jack Kerouac's life, which made him a cultural icon of the American 50's are well known to many. But there is another part of Kerouac that only a few villagers from the quiet hamlet of Northport on Long Island had the chance to see up close. This is the Kerouac presented in an original play by Patrick Fenton, Kerouac's Last Call.

Based on more than 12 years of research unearthed while reporting about Jack Kerouac's Queens and Long Island lives for the New York Times, New York Newsday and others, Kerouac's Last Call opens in 1964 as he is packing up his Northport home to head to Florida with his mother.

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On this last night we meet the shy, sensitive, complicated Kerouac who fled to Northport in 1957 after On the Road was published. There he spent his days and nights drinking his fill of beer and whiskey at Gunther's Tap Room on Main Street with the locals, the clam diggers, and the bay men, as he tried to hide from a fame he wasn't comfortable with, a fame that gave him the unwanted title "The King of the Beats."

Kerouac's Last Call gives the audience an opportunity to meet Jack Kerouac and the many important people who shaped his work just at the moment when his life was beginning to toll down to its end. Featured characters include his mother Memere, father Leo, daughter Jan, brother Gerard, friend Neal Cassady and many others.

About The Author

Patrick Fenton and Larry Smith, friend of JK at Gunther's Tap Room - Click Here for More Pix.

Patrick Fenton and Larry Smith, friend of JK at Gunther's Tap Room

Patrick Fenton, is the son of an Irish immigrant who arrived in America via Boston's South Side. He was born in the Irish working-class tenements of Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn on St Patrick's Day, 1941. Fenton has worked as a New York City cab driver, bartender, and radio host. After dropping out of high school at 16, he spent much of his youth working in the factories of "Industry City" that lined Red Hook's waterfront.

At 20, Fenton pushed up his draft and served in the US Army in Germany for two years. After being discharged in 1963, he eventually went on to study under the GI Bill. While working as a Court Officer in Manhattan's Criminal Court, he pursued a second career as a writer.

Fenton's stories and articles have appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, New York Newsday, and The Daily News. His much acclaimed, 1973 account of working as a cargo loader at Kennedy Airport, "Confessions of a Working Stiff", was published in New York Magazine and has since been republished in numerous anthologies.

Fenton's work has also appeared in other anthologies including, The Irish, a Treasury of Art and Literature, and The Book of Irish Americans.

"Drinking With Jack Kerouac in a Rockaway Bar" a new short story by Fenton was recently published in the London magazine, Beatscene, and in Eve Berliner's literary e-magazine, Eve's Magazine.

In 1999, after conducting extensive research at Columbia University, Fenton, a noted Kerouac scholar, convinced the New York Historical Landmark Preservation Center to place a plaque on the Ozone Park, Queens building where Kerouac wrote his first book The Town and The City and started his On the Road journey. Fenton wrote the dedication for the plaque.

Fenton has recently completed a collection of short stories about a lost part of Irish working-class, Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn where he grew up, titled, "Stoopdreamer and Other Brooklyn Stories," and is working on bringing these to the stage.

Fenton has already mounted workshop readings of Kerouac's Last Call - one was in Kerouac's hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts and another in Northport, New York. Both readings were staged in local bars known to have been frequent by Kerouac.

Now Playing on PRX!

"Jack's Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac" premieres on PRX - Click Here To Learn More and Listen to Jack's Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac."

News, New & Of Note! - "Jack's Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac" premieres on PRX - The AudioPlay adaptation of the Patrick Fenton StagePlay, "Kerouac's Last Call" premiered April 2, 2008 on PRX - the Public Radio Exchange.

"Jack's Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac" premieres on PRX - Click Here To Learn More and Listen to Jack's Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac."

Click Here To Learn More and Listen to Jack's Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac."

News, New & Of Note!
- Jack's Last Call Now Available on CD! -
Now you can get the Audio Play of Jack's Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac on CD from ZBS On-Line! Click Here to order!

Now you can get the Audio Play of Jack's Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac on CD from ZBS On-Line! Click Here to order!

- World Premiere of “Kerouac’s Last Call” - At The Old Court Tavern, Lowell, MA.

Of Note - World Premiere of “Kerouac’s Last Call” - Patrick Fenton’s new play “Kerouac’s Last Call” received it’s World Premiere production in Jack Kerouac’s hometown of Lowell, MA on February 15th, 2007 in a limited run that included Feb 15,16, 22, and 23 upstairs at The Old Court Tavern, 29-31 Central Street in downtown Lowell.


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