How to be a Rock Critic
based on the writing of Lester Bangs
by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen
performed by Erik Jensen
directed by Jessica Blank
June 11, 2015 - June 14, 2015


Manic. Impossibly creative. Dead of an overdose at 33. Gonzo journalist Lester Bangs was America’s greatest rock critic and the first missionary of the movement he dubbed “punk.” His faith was shattered as the rebel ethos of the ’70s gave way to the corporate pop of the ’80s. Through his own words, this solo play sheds light on a groundbreaking, pioneering voice in music.

A co-production with Center Theatre Group.
Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen are two of the most powerful forces working in the American theatre today. As activists, writers, actors and directors, they have amassed an extraordinary body of work over a short period of time in theatre, film and television. In addition to their off-Broadway phenomenon Aftermath, they are authors of The Exonerated, a play based on interviews they conducted with over 40 wrongfully convicted death row inmates across the U.S. Their work has been nominated for five Ovation Awards and three NAACP Awards, winning the Ovation for Best World Premiere Play. With a score of new projects in the pipeline, this extraordinary team is only scratching the surface of their powers.
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Lester Bangs is one of the most influential voices in rock music. In How to be a Rock Critic, husband-and-wife team Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, bring his true story to life and shed light on his messy life and revolutionary voice in music. read more