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Feb. 20, 2002
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OSWEGO -- A poet from the Beat Generation will be among the guests for a talk back session that will follow the March 9 performance of the SUNY Oswego theatre department's improvisational, interactive original production "The Beat and the City."
Poet and spoken word author ruth weiss (her preferred spelling is all lowercase) will join director Tom Kee and the production's cast to take audience questions after the play, which centers around an imaginary meeting of Beat Generation poets, writers and artists. Like other actual figures of the time, weiss is one of the characters of the play; senior Jennifer Caruana will portray weiss.
These talk back sessions in Waterman Theatre are popular installments in SUNY Oswego productions, said Kee, a visiting assistant professor of theatre.
"It will really be an honor to have a member of the Beat scene join us on stage to describe the flavor we try to convey in the play," Kee said. "At the age of 72, she is a living symbol of the energy and vivacity of the Beat Generation."
As a poet, weiss has published several volumes of her work, and her 1961 film "The Brink" was included in the Whitney Museum's "Beat Culture" exhibit in 1996.
The center of her work, Kee said, is the performance of her poetry in concert with jazz. Brenda Knight, author of "Women of the Beat Generation," credits weiss with developing this spoken-word performance style which later gained popularity with the likes of poet Allen Ginsberg and musician Thelonious Monk, Kee added.
In addition, weiss will give a seminar, "The Spoken Word," at 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 11, in Room 104 of Lanigan Hall. There is no admission charge for that session.
"The Beat and the City" will preview at 8 p.m. Feb. 28, with a run of 8 p.m. curtain times March 1, 2, 8 and 9 and a 2 p.m. matinee March 10. All shows will be in Tyler Hall's Waterman Theatre.
Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and $7 for SUNY Oswego students. Tickets can be purchased by calling 312-2141 or by e-mailing
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