Door Wide Open

Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Door Wide Open is a new play based on the love letters of novelist Johnson and infamous Beat poet Jack Kerouac. In January, 1957 Allen Ginsberg set up a blind date between 34 year-old Jack Kerouac and 21year-old Joyce Johnson. The two began a stormy love affair that lasted for 22 months -- a period which included the publishing of Kerouac's seminal work On The Road. Kerouac spent much of his time drinking and traveling -- roaming Africa with William Burroughs, visiting his mother in Florida, and on a national publicity tour -- writing to Johnson throughout. Door Wide Open uses Jack and Joyce's actual letters to chronicle an ill-fated, tempestuous relationship between two writers.

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Door Wide Open - May 21, 2003

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