John Densmore producing play Waiting For Jack
- September 24th, 2010 7:59 pm ET
It looks like Oct 16th is shaping up to be a date for poetic remembrances of literary hero’s. In Nashville on the 16th will be A Night to Remember Jim Morrison In Poetry, Film & Song. Now we have a John Densmore produced (along with Michael C Ford, Eve Brandstein, and Rex Weiner) play, Waiting for Jack.
Waiting For Jack is described as a rough recreation of the famous Gallery Six Reading in 1955 in which Allen Ginsberg first read Howl. The original reading wasn’t a staid polite poetry reading given to sipping tea, maybe smoking of tea*. It was a raucous affair with jugs of wine being passed around with Kerouac exhorting the poets from the audience much as a Jazz fan would encourage a solo.
In Waiting For Jack, John Densmore plays Gary Snyder, and along with the poetry Densmore plays the bongo’s. The play is the brainchild of Rex Weiner and Michael C. Ford and seeks not a literal reenactment of the Gallery Six reading or the poets that were there, but seeks the spirit of the night. The play recreates the raucous atmosphere of the original Gallery Six reading with off stage commentators adding punctuating remarks to the poetry in the form of heckling, flirting, bickering much like a Greek chorus or perhaps a beat “Our Town.”
The 90 minute play also features Eric Trules as Allen Ginsberg, Doug Knott as Charles Bukowski, Eve Brandstein as Diane DiPrima, and a whole host of others who on any given night of the performance may participate. Waiting For Jack has previously been performed in August of this year for a three night stand at The Short Stop Bar in Echo Park. You can see photos of the performance on their website. Producer Rex Weiner is hoping in the future to find the show a permanent residence so the show can be held regularly. Early next year they will take the show to college campuses around the country.
Waiting For Jack is a one night only affair Oct 16th, 2010 at 7 PM, $7.00 donation at the door. It will be presented at Tom Landau’s Studio 1520, 1520 2nd St., Santa Monica, CA, 90403.
*At the time tea was the euphemism for marijuana.
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Stephen Kalinich (Jack Micheline), S.A. Griffin (Lawrence Ferlinghetti),
Lisa K. Thayer (Ann Waldman), Elkanah Burns (Frank O’Hara),
Theida Salazar (Bob Kaufman) Herbert T. Schmidt, Jr. (Kenneth Patchen),
Doug Knott (Charles Bukowski), Eve Brandstein (Diane DiPrima),
John Densmore (Gary Snyder), John DiFusco (Lew Welch),
Bill Duke (LeRoi Jones), Eric Trules (Allen Ginsberg)
and Susan Hayden (Bobbie Louise Hawkins)
with special surprise guests… and your hosts, Michael C. Ford and Rex Weiner.
“Listen, real poetry doesn’t say anything; it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through anyone that suits you.”
criminal metabolism of guilt forest
Rattlesnakes whistles catcalls
Remove me from this hall of mirrors
This filthy glass
Are you her
Do you look like that
How could you be when
no one ever could
Poet of the call-girl storm
She left a note on the bedroom door.
“If I’m out, bring me to.”
I dropped by to see you
late last night
But you were out
like a light
Your head was on the floor
& rats played pool w/ your eyes
Death is a good disguise
for late at night
Wrapping all its games in its calm garden
But what happens
when the guests return
& all unmask
& you are asked
for want of a smile
I’ll still take you then
But I’m your friend
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