Ears on a Beatle to Begin Previews March 16, Opens March 28

News   Ears on a Beatle to Begin Previews March 16, Opens March 28 Ears on a Beatle, the new Mark St. Germain play inspired by recently released FBI files on John Lennon, gets its Off-Broadway premiere at the DR2 theatre March 16. Official opening is March 28.

Daryl Roth—who lends the "DR" to the DR2 theatre—is the producer. Starring in the piece are Dan Lauria and Bill Dawes. The two also starred when Beatle was performed July 2-19, 2003, by Barrington Stage Company in Sheffield, Massachusetts.

The playwright, known for the Off-Broadway and regional play, Camping With Henry and Tom, also directs the work.

The play, about two FBI agents whose undercover assignment is to conduct surveillance on John Lennon, is billed as a "thought-provoking and gripping look at life and liberty in the '70s, when peace and paranoia swept the nation and then—as now—there were no secrets in America but the truth."

Lauria and Dawes play the agents, one a graying cynic disillusioned with a romanticized concept of justice and the other an eager neophyte striving for virtue in his profession.

The show has a set design by Eric Renschler; lighting design by Daniel Ordower; sound design by Randy Hansen; costume design by David Woolard. Heard in voiceover at Barrington were Dick Cavett, host of the popular TV talk show on which guest John Lennon claimed the FBI was tapping his phone line in 1972; Leon Wildes, John Lennon's attorney throughout his five-year battle to gain U.S. residency in New York in the 1970s; Arlo Guthrie, nationally recognized folk musician and peace activist; Robert Vaughn, star of 1960s TV spy series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."; and Geraldine Ferraro, the first national party ticket female vice-presidential candidate  who was defeated by the Reagan-Bush team in the 1984 election.  Fred Savage, who played Kevin Arnold, the central character on the TV show, "The Wonder Years," which chronicled the adolescence of a boy growing up in the 1960s and 70s, also performed a voiceover. Lauria played the dad on "The Wonder Years," but he is also known as a respected regional theatre actor, writer and director.

St. Germain's work also includes Out of Gas On Lovers Leap and Forgiving Typhoid Mary, and, with Randy Courts, the musicals The Gifts of the Magi, Johnny Pye and the Foolkiller and Jack's Holiday.