beat. a play on words

beat. a play on words
by Kelly Groves

Productions (4)
  • Drama
  • 115 - 125 minutes
  • 7 m (7-9 actors possible: 7-9 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content
  • Set: A bare stage. A few chairs and a bench. Some blocks or playing levels.

beat. a play on words
by Kelly Groves

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Productions (4)
  • Drama
  • 115 - 125 minutes
  • 7 m (7-9 actors possible: 7-9 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content
  • Set: A bare stage. A few chairs and a bench. Some blocks or playing levels.

Part docu-drama, part poetry slam, part musical jam-session, beat examines the life of Allen Ginsberg, one of this country's most controversial and beloved poets, and the famous obscenity trial surrounding the publication of one of his most celebrated works, "Howl."

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Pricing Information

Min. Performance Fee* $80
Standard Edition $9.99
Stage Manager Edition $18.99

*The per performance fee begins at $80. Your per performance fee will be provided during the ordering process.

Play Details

Part docu-drama, part poetry slam, part musical jam-session, beat examines the life of Allen Ginsberg, one of this country's most controversial and beloved poets, and the famous obscenity trial surrounding the publication of one of his most celebrated works, "Howl."

  • Drama
  • 115 - 125 minutes
  • 7 m (7-9 actors possible: 7-9 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content
  • Set: A bare stage. A few chairs and a bench. Some blocks or playing levels.

Published Reviews

"Beat [is] a captivating celebration of Allen Ginsberg... Kelly Groves has captured the spirit of a literary movement for which there has never been a satisfactory definition... At times raucous, at times moving and consistently absorbing... Mr. Groves' deft cutting and pasting of the highlights of Ginsberg's early life and excerpts of his poetry...make Beat a lively and exciting piece of theatre, and the closest one is likely to get to a 1950s coffeehouse."

The New York Times

"This year's breakthrough production...the heir-apparent to Urinetown."

Gay City News

"[This] successful...piece of documentary theater -- centered around the Howl obscenity trial -- offers clever editing, energetic performances, and polished staging..."

The Village Voice

"[An] intelligent historical play...making Allen Ginsberg appealing and accessible to yet another generation... Groves's beautiful, visual pictures speak as strongly as Ginsberg's own work."

New York Magazine

"Intelligent and well-researched portrayal..."

Broadway.com

"A fascinating look at the Beat Generation..."

TheatreMania

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JUL 26, 2012 - AUG 05, 2012
LITE Productions
Laredo, TX United States
LITE Productions Laredo, TX United States
JUL 25, 2005 - AUG 03, 2005
Blue Theatre
Austin, TX United States
Blue Theatre Austin, TX United States
MAR 31, 2005 - APR 02, 2005
University Of Northern Iowa Interpreters Theatre
Cedar Falls, IA United States
University Of Northern Iowa Interpreters Theatre Cedar Falls, IA United States
JAN 01, 2002 - DEC 31, 2002
New York International Fringe Festival (The Culture Project)
New York, NY United States
New York International Fringe Festival (The Culture Project) New York, NY United States
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JAN 01, 2002 - DEC 31, 2002
New York International Fringe Festival (The Culture Project)
New York, NY United States
New York International Fringe Festival (The Culture Project) New York, NY United States