The Beat Generation

The Beat Generation

Words and Music

“Immediate, stirring, provocative. and thoroughly entertaining…”

The Beat Generation -  Toronto, Canada, Marshall at the Monarch, October 17, 2014

The Beat Generation –
Toronto, Canada, Marshall at the Monarch, October 17, 2014

The Beat Generation:Words and Music presented by John Evans and The Scott Marshall Quartet takes you back to the 50’s with immediacy and passion.

Created by John Evans, with the collaboration of Scott Marshall, The Beat Generation: Words and Music draws poetic excerpts and stories from the infamous beat triumvirate: Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs, with a dialogue of music and words that will thrill you. The form is wordjazz: great words, great jazz.

Scott Marshall, highly respected Canadian musician and composer, channels the driving music of a generation that pushed us forward with a frenzy through the 20th century. He embodies the legacy of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker. Veteran actor, John Evans re-lives the rhythms and the writings of Jack Kerouac (On the Road), Allen Ginsberg (Howl), William S. Burroughs (Thanksgiving) and other influential voices: T. S. Eliot, (The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock), Ken Nordine, (Colours) and the musings of Canadian iconoclastic poet, Irving Layton. His interpretations are infused with passion and presence in a tour-de-force performance. Together, their chemistry is undeniable.

Add to this, the on-screen images of the times: post-war materialism, the Bomb, the Cold War, the Civil Rights movement, the drugs, the birth of the cool, and we vicariously live the freedom and ecstatic joy of just being totally alive.

The result is a dialogue that affirms the values of compassion, tolerance, and the courage to live your own truth.

The performance is 105 minutes long, including a 15 minute intermission.