David McElroy in Jack Kerouac End of the Road

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park

"Jack Kerouac, the Father of the Beats, was deeply conflicted about his legacy by the time he drank himself to death at 47. A lifelong Catholic and Republican, the author considered himself much more “pro-America” than the hippie movement that claimed to be inspired by his works.

This one-man show finds Kerouac in the green room of William F. Buckley’s “Firing Line,” drinking and arguing with his ghosts as he prepares to give his final televised appearance. He differentiates between himself and other Beat figures, particularly Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso, and runs through his biography from the childhood loss of his brother to his failed marriages and taking care of his mother.

David McElroy's original script and performance has been tweaked over the years into something that belongs on an intimate stage.

Admirably, this show focuses on the writing, and it does a fine job of nailing Kerouac’s voice, straight observation with a poetic bent... if you’re a fan of Kerouac’s books more than his personality, this is a solid representation of American literature’s antihero." Trevor Fraser Orlando Sentinel