The Day They Shot John Lennon

PLEASE NOTE: Auditions are held in Atwood Hall on the second floor.

Show Synopsis

The action of the play takes place in the street in front of the Manhattan apartment house where John Lennon was shot to death. Deeply moved and shocked by this awful event, many New Yorkers spontaneously assembled there to pay tribute to their slain idol, and it is from the interwoven stories of a cross section of these people that the author builds his play. Included are a young advertising executive and a "women's libber" who had both been at Woodstock; a group of high school students preoccupied with romantic disputes and entanglements; a pair of Vietnam vets with larceny in mind; an elderly Jewish man from a neighboring building who mistakenly thinks that the murder victim was Jack Lemmon; and a hip young black would-be comic who, in turns out, is the son of the old Jewish gentleman's doorman. Through the interaction of these people, sometimes humorous, sometimes moving, sometimes menacing, the author points up the larger significance of the event which has brought them together—the shock wave which was felt across the nation by this further evidence of the violence and ugliness lurking in our communal soul.

Comprised of a deftly blended series of encounters between a group of strangers who assemble at the site of John Lennon's assassination, the play captures the sense of shock and uncomprehending loss which followed that awful event. First produced by the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, N.J. "…we're transported right back to that December 1980 day of mourning when the songs of an era took on sad, new ironies, and when no one could think of the right words to express an inexplicable loss." —NY Times.

Characters
  • Fran Lowenstein: mid 30's, native New Yorker and all that implies. Tough, sensitive, a feminist and a member of the Woodstock generation who is also looking for "a meaningful relationship"
  • Brian Murphy: early 30's, in advertising. Though given to quick opinions and stances of self-confidence he is basically a confused individual looking for love
  • Sally: older teen, white middle class. Her heart is also breaking for the first time
  • Kevin: older teen, Sally's ex boyfriend, cocky, self-assured and slightly macho. Has never had his heart broken
  • Mike: older teen, sensitive, intelligent, heart is broken all the time. He'll either become a priest, poet or embittered liberal
  • Larry: the oldest teen, an urban black, His street-wise arrogance and irony masks a strong intelligence and sensitivity
  • Morris: 70's, widower, has lived in the neighborhood all his life. Alternately belligerent, confused, guarded. A lonely old man that would resent being called old.
  • Silvio: late 20's to early 40's An embittered Veteran of the Viet Nam war. Street wise, tough and in a way still at war.
  • Gately: Silvio's friend and a Veteran; unlike Silvio, he's not adapted to the mental pressures of civilian life and both men spend considerable time in VA hospitals for physical and psychological wounds
Preparations
  • Prepare a 2-minute monologue
  • Cold readings from the script
Performance Dates
  • May 1, 2, 8 & 9, 2020
Rehearsals
  • Monday evenings
  • Tuesday evenings
  • Saturday afternoons
Production Crew
  • Producer/Artistic Director: Douglas E. Cooper
  • Stage Director: Douglas E. Cooper
  • Stage Manager: TBA
  • Scenery Designer: Douglas E. Cooper
  • Lighting Designer: TBA
  • Sound Designer: TBA
  • Properties Coordinator:TBA
  • Costume Coordinator: TBA
  • House Manager/Box Office: Doreen DeRose

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Event Properties

Event Date Feb 18, 2020 @ 6:30 pm
Event End Date Feb 18, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Reservations Open Jan 19, 2020
Admission N/A
Location J. V. Fletcher Library

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