Whatever Gets You Through The Night, a comedy/drama written and directed by Tommy Sturges, will open at New York's Producers Club Theatre, Wednesday, Oct. 9.
The performance that night (which is the birth-date of musician John Lennon) will be a benefit for Linroc Nursing Home, Brooklyn's only AIDS patient care facility. Night tries to answer the question, "what do an actress, an electrician, a transvestite, a writer, a businessman, a call girl, a sex addict, his ex, and her fiance have in common?"
The play's name is taken from the title of a pop hit by John Lennon (with Elton John), and the play is produced by Free As A Bird Productions, named after a song the Beatles released during their brief reunion over a decade after Lennon's assassination.
Asked about the whole John Lennon connection, playwright and director Sturges elaborated: "The title of John Lennon's song inspired me in writing the play. It's basically a story about people doing what they have to do to keep their relationships going, be they friends, lovers... Whatever they have to do."
Sturges also told Playbill On-Line that the character of the writer in the piece is named John, and he has an intense relationship with his dying father, Fred. (John Lennon's difficult upbringing shaped his entire adult life and music; his father, too, was named Fred.) Cast-members for the show include Lilana Amador, David Belisle, Moe Bertran, Patrick Burchill, Nick Capous, Jerry Ferris, Kevin McGraw, Ted Montuori, Carolyn Roberts, Janine Squillari and George Wurzbach, who also writes and performs the play's original music.
For tickets and information on Whatever Gets You Through The Night, call (718)444-7407.
-- By David Lefkowitz