Mad Beat Hip & Gone

Directed by Jess Hutchinson

This Midwest premiere of a new Steven Dietz play considers 1950s America, when magnificent poets roamed open highways, accompanied by jukebox jazz. The nation’s youth hit the road, high on full tanks of gas and brimming with unattainable dreams. Two magnificently average young men from Nebraska encounter Jack Kerouac and his friends in a bar. They respond by heading west themselves, trailing the Beat poets all the way to the golden land of California. Youthful exuberance is balanced by the untethered floundering of the older generation and their bittersweet knowledge that all dreams are fleeting. MAD BEAT HIP & GONE marries the realism and sharp dialogue for which Dietz is famous, with the achingly brilliant poetry of the Beat Generation. It’s a road trip you won’t want to miss.

Performances:

April 26 – June 1, 2019
Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm
Press Opening: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Industry Night: Monday, May 13, 2019 at 7:30 pm
The Edge Theater Off Broadway
1133 W Catalpa Ave.

Performances:

April 26 – June 1, 2019
Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm
Press Opening: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Industry Night: Monday, May 13, 2019 at 7:30 pm
The Edge Theater Off Broadway
1133 W Catalpa Ave.

Directed by Jess Hutchinson

This Midwest premiere of a new Steven Dietz play considers 1950s America, when magnificent poets roamed open highways, accompanied by jukebox jazz. The nation’s youth hit the road, high on full tanks of gas and brimming with unattainable dreams. Two magnificently average young men from Nebraska encounter Jack Kerouac and his friends in a bar. They respond by heading west themselves, trailing the Beat poets all the way to the golden land of California. Youthful exuberance is balanced by the untethered floundering of the older generation and their bittersweet knowledge that all dreams are fleeting. MAD BEAT HIP & GONE marries the realism and sharp dialogue for which Dietz is famous, with the achingly brilliant poetry of the Beat Generation. It’s a road trip you won’t want to miss.