Adapted from the poem by Allen Ginsburg
Described as what “jazz would look like if put into human form,” HOWL is a wild physical work that takes the text of Allen Ginsberg’s revolutionary poem and matches it with four restless and visionary young men. Opening with the immortal line, “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness,” HOWL imagines Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady, and Carl Solomon – to whom the poem is dedicated, as well as the ghost of Naomi Ginsberg – Allen’s mother, and sets them to life using the poem as guide.
True to both the romance and indulgence of the beats, this work takes Ginsberg at face value: “Most men are blind and live their lives out in blindness. Poets are damned, but they are not blind.They see with the eyes of angels.”
HOWL is a play about men and madness in America.