Ears on a Beatle

by  Mark St. Germain

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2m

"A funny but deeply involving piece of theatre.'' - New York Daily News

"Theatrically rich.'' - Time Out New York"A compelling ethical/political exploration.'' - The Boston Globe

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Ears on a Beatle

by  Mark St. Germain

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Veteran FBI agent Howard Ballantine and new recruit Daniel McClure are assigned a job of critical importance to J. Edgar Hoover and the White house: get politically outspoken John Lennon out of the country before Richard Nixon runs for reelection in 1972, an election in which eighteen-year-olds can vote for the first time. Based on actual FBI documents declassified through the Freedom of Information Act and filled with humor and heartbreak, Ears on a Beatle explores the personal relationship between the two agents in light of the changing social climate from the early seventies until Lennon's death in 1981. Set in a time when the country was sharply divided by an unpopular war, lies flowed from the White House and individual liberties were threatened in the name of national security, this play is as contemporary as today's headlines.
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"A funny but deeply involving piece of theatre.''" - The New York Daily News

"Theatrically rich.'' - Time Out New York

"A compelling ethical/political exploration.'' - The Boston Globe

"Fascinating, funny and nostalgic.'' - The Denver Post


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  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget

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  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Setting: December, 1971 through December, 1980. New York City and Ann Arbor Michigan.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
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HOWARD BALLANTINE - age forty plus, special agent, FBI.
DANIEL MCCLURE - age twenties, FBI agent.
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  • All Male



Mark St. Germain

Mark St. Germain has written the plays Camping with Henry and Tom(Outer Critics Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award), Out of Gas on Lover's Leapand Forgiving Typhoid Mary(Time Magazine’s “Year’s Ten Best”), Ears on a Beatleand God Committee, all published by Samuel French and Dramatist Play Service.With Randy Courts, ...

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