Allen Ginsberg’s HOWL
Adapted and performed by Teresa Harrison
Collaboratively directed by Emily K. Harrison & Teresa Harrison
presented as part of the 2011 FronteraFest Long Fringe
Run dates and times:
7 p.m., January 26
9:15 p.m. January 27
1 p.m., January 29
5:15 p.m., January 30
at the Blue Theater, 916 Springdale Rd.
Tickets are $10, available at the door or in advance @: www.fronterafest.org
Boulder, Colo. – Award-winning square product theatre presents the World Premiere of a new theatrical adaptation of Allen Ginsberg’s HOWL as part of the 2011 FronteraFest, January 26-30, 2011 at the Blue Theatre in Austin.
This evening’s HOWL is not an homage: it’s a portal. It’s a beckoning into a real-time, off-line, be-bop lean into the “visions! omens! hallucinations! miracles! ecstasies!” of America “then” and “now.” It’s a reminder, a wake up call, an invitation to Howl about the Road we’ve been on. This adaptation of Howl for Carl Solomon plays itself out against the “harsh wall of America” in 2011, using poetry and music to investigate the same obstacles, epiphanies and fears Allen Ginsberg channeled into his controversial, seminal text five decades ago. HOWL looks back to a generation “destroyed by madness” to find a mirror for our own Facebook walls and Twittered souls. HOWL digs in to the question of how we as a culture communicate, and how that has changed in the last 50 years: who are those pressing into the questions and challenges, who are those who don’t want to hear it, and who are those “with the absolute heart of the poem of life butchered out of their own bodies good to eat a thousand years?” An evening of HOWL is a link with or without http:// : from these words to the timeless ocean of Jack Kerouac, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, and Carl Solomon. Howl for Carl Solomon is a watershed conduit of a poem that is as provocative now as it was then.
Praise for Ginsberg’s HOWL, 1956:
“Incantatory.” - The Guardian
"..the most remarkable poem of the [Beat generation]." – The New York Times Book Review
"..the poem left us standing in wonder, or cheering and wondering, but knowing at the deepest level that a barrier had been broken, that a human voice and body had been hurled against the harsh wall of America..." – Michael McClure, poet
*This adaptation of “HOWL” made possible by special arrangement with the Wylie Agency, LLC and the Allen Ginsberg Estate.
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