Maggie Cassidy – An American Musical

So, how does an iconic American artist get created?

novelist as a young man

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The young Jack Kerouac.

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Maggie Cassidy - An American Musical

musical based on an early Jack Kerouac novel


Bloomington Playwrights Project

May 18, 19, 24 – 26 and May 31-June 2, 2012

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Maggie Cassidy is Chris Jeffries musical adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s novel. The production supported by the Kerouac estate is a collaboration with IU Department of Theatre and Drama students directed by the Bloomington Playwrights Project’s Chad Rabinovitz.

First Love And Leaving

Jeffries notes that although Maggie Cassidy followed On the Road and Dr. Sax it’s a semi autobiographical look back to Kerouac as a seventeen year old. “We find him still in high school in his hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts. It was this sort of grim depression factory town of immigrants. And the book is about his first love, his growing up and leaving home and becoming the Jack Kerouac we know –the writer that even then he knew he wanted to be.”

The Voice Yes, But…

“His way of seeing the world and how that’s expressed through his really wild language is a big part of the book and we do have some of that in the show, particularly in the songs, but there’s a really interesting story underneath. How does an iconic American artist get created, especially one who came from sort of unlikely blue collar, immigrant surroundings? You don’t normally think of that as a background to produce a sort of American literary giant, but it did. Telling the story of how that happened was what fascinated me.”

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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