Director, Roxanna lewis
Wilson Center for the Arts, FL
Ti-Jean Blues” is based on the life and writing of Jack Kerouac, who created a quintessentially American form of fiction in which childhood and family memories, love and intense friendships, the turbulence of cities and relentless travel, jazz, drugs, and spirituality weave an exuberantly brilliant dramatic fabric. This piece involves ten actors and a sound score from the works of jazz geniuses like Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Charlie Mingus, and others, plus original music composed by Philip Glass. In this piece, no one plays Kerouac. Men and women, singly and in chorus, through language and movement, represent Kerouac's journey. Script adapted by JoAnne Akalaitis from Kerouac’s works.