Last Night!! “Waiting For Jack” A Poetry Theater Event @ The Shortstop Bar

A Poetry Theater Event
Produced by and Eve Brandstein, Rex Weiner & Michael C Ford,
Presented by The Shortstop

•    WHAT: Prominent LA Poets reading the works of Beat Era Poets… an homage, an invocation of spirits, and a rousing night of live poetry presented by the legendary Shortstop Bar in Echo Park
•    WHEN: Aug 13, 14, and 15, 7:00 – 9:30 each night
•    WHO: produced by Eve Brandstein, Rex Weiner and  Michael C. Ford,
•    WHERE: The Shortstop, 1455 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026
•   CONTACT: (213) 482-4942 (public)… (323) 997 2853 (press only)
•    HOW MUCH: $5 donation

In a loose re-creation of the historic 1955 Six Gallery poetry reading, and other readings of the Beat Era, a group of prominent LA poets read favorite poems by Beat icons. As they read, they take on the personae of the various poets, and a dramatic situation takes shape as two offstage commentators drink, goof, commiserate and conjure up the poet-readers from the audience, one after another: all the while awaiting the arrival of “Jack” (Kerouac), who is always late, and may not show up. Finally, Jack appears (or does he?) and brings the evening to an emotional climax.

The 90-minute piece is partly scripted, partly improvised, not unlike a jazz performance where musicians depart from the sheet music to do their own thing. Poets are invited to choose the poems they prefer to read. The cast changes from night to night. As the evening progresses, the reality of the present shifts back and forth to the past. The effect will be a shamanistic evocation of the Beat Era, an homage to its lost heroes, as well as an entertaining night of live poetry.

POETS (only 8 or 9 will be read each night)

Denise Levertov
Kenneth Rexroth
Charles Bukowski
Philomene Long
Diane DiPrima
Frank Lima
Kenneth Patchen
Barbara Guest
Ray Bremser
Ann Waldman
Jack Micheline
Laurence Ferlinghetti
Gregory Corso
Bob Kaufman
Lew Welch
John Thomas
Jack Kerouac
William Carlos Williams
Allen Ginsberg
Michael McClure
Gary Snyder
Philip Whalen
Brother Antoninus
Henry Miller
Philip Lamantia
LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka
Lenore Kandel
William S. Burroughs
Ted Joans


Herbert T. Schmidt, Jr., Sarah Maclay, Bill Duke,  L. K. Thayer, Stephen John Kalinich, S.A. Griffin, John Harris, Pegarty Long, Jerry Garcia, Gail Wronsky, Chuck Rosenthal,  Cyril O’Reilly, Michael C Ford, Eve Brandstein,  Rex Weiner


  1. lkthayer · August 8, 2010

    Can’t wait…it’s gonna be great!! LK 🙂

  2. stephen kalinich · August 8, 2010

    I am very excited.

  3. Lucy · August 9, 2010

    WOW how I would love to be there to hear these poems! have a wonderful time!

    • lkthayer · August 9, 2010

      Thanks Lucy, it should be a blast! 🙂

  4. Lordy · August 9, 2010

    Good to see poets eating poets…..LA is one big plate to feed on.
    I can’t see a soul going home hungry from what you lot will be feeding them on!!……… (Do you do take away?)

    • lkthayer · August 10, 2010

      I will make a doggie bag for you Mr. Hicks!!

  5. Lordy · August 10, 2010

    Cocks a leg in return!!!

  6. Dave Ryan · August 15, 2010

    Thanks for the note, I heard of this event and then lost track of where it was. Easy to find!


  7. lkthayer · August 16, 2010

    This event has been a blast!! 🙂

  8. Eve · August 16, 2010

    Great to meet and read with you /anne. 🙂 eve/diane

    • lkthayer · August 16, 2010

      Likewise Eve! So much fun, so glad to be a part of such a great ensemble!!

  9. mc · August 16, 2010

    This sounds so wonderful..
    Wish I could be there to hear you all read these poets !

  10. stevie · August 17, 2010

    An incredible alive fun experience.
    Each night was stronger and more powerful
    touching funny
    A great cast.
    These poems inspire ignite make one come alive
    if they are listened to received heard with an open wounded soul.
    There is healing in them and if one can live a fraction of the inspiration and emotional tones and shades that went into te creation of there work I woud say the Poet Lives
    Remains in his words
    and jumps out at you in flashes
    images phrases
    grabs you by the balls or whatever as the case may be
    and you can not remain down or dormant.
    It quickened the spirt and was a joyous living experience
    being a part of this wonderful event and happening.
    Thank Michael Ford for bringing me in for Rex and Eve and all the great people I never met before that now I love.
    Billy D and LK Thayer.
    “Nations Rise and nations fall
    but the poet lives on”
    Stevie K

  11. stevie · August 17, 2010

    Sa and Doug too and John D Bongo boy and anyone I did not mention because the mind is fuzzy thank you all.

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