The Day They Shot John Lennon

The Day They Shot John Lennon

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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,” a group of high school students, a pair of Vietnam vets, an elderly Jewish man from a neighboring building, and a hip young would-be comic. 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.

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