Sal Paradise and his pal Dean Moriarty are back on the road and making a stop in Philadelphia, and you’re going with them. Sort of. 14th Street Presents a performance piece using GPS Directions from Jack Kerouac’s On The Road. This production will run for a limited engagement at Plays and Players Theater from March 4-8.
Using GPS directions Gregor Weichbrodt pulled from On The Road by Jack Kerouac, On The Road For 17,527 Miles follows “four incurably young adults [who] embark on a road trip across the country using Jack Kerouac’s On the Road as their map. While obsessively following Sal Paradise’s footsteps as faithfully as their GPS will take them, the friends lose sight of the trip of their lives” in this “electroacoustic opera about growing up, striking out, and finding [one’s] place in this world.”
On the Road for 17,727 Miles promises to explore the concepts of restlessness and identity through the mechanical drone of GPS directions. Instead of reading from a script, or simply acting out Kerouac’s work, this performance will transform the directions into dialogue, dancing, monologues and meditation, while navigating the path laid out in On The Road, and questioning “whether the voyage to nirvana can be captured in the sum of its parts.”
GPS Directions by Gregor Weichbrodt
Directed and conceived by Mike Durkin.
Music by Adam Vidiksis.
On the Road for 17,727 Miles
At Plays & Players Theater, 1714 Delancey Street
March 4-7 @ 7pm, March 8 @ 3pm
(Preview on the 4th)
(Featured Image: ddk/ikhoor)