Mar 14, 2024
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Mar 24, 2024

My Beatnik Youth

Written & Performed by Justin Elizabeth Sayre

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A new solo play with music by writer and performer Justin Elizabeth Sayre. How to be one of Kerouac’s “Wild Ones,” and how to survive. A coming-of-age story set against jazz, mental illness, and the road wherever it leads. With a totalled car, a few broken ribs, and facing a few drug charges, our narrator, Jay, is sent away to “dry out” in the mental ward to avoid further trouble. For a month, the charismatic young narrator comes face to face with the terrible pain that brought him to the brink of death.

Photo by Matthew Dean Stewart

Justin Elizabeth Sayre is a playwright and performer who Michael Musto called, “Oscar Wilde meets Whoopi Goldberg.” Sayre is a fixture of the Downtown Cabaret Scene in New York, first with their long-running variety show, The Meeting (Bistro Award-winning & 2 MAC nominations). They are currently in residency at Joe’s Pub at the Public with their new variety show, Assorted Fruit.

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