One of five short plays chosen for staged readings
from Dr. Lori Snook's playwriting students, London Calling tells the story of
Joey, an American veteran of the Vietnam War who is confined to a
wheelchair. He expatriated to London during the late 1970s.
Set in the backdrop of the emerging British punk scene, Joey confronts
his own limitations when he meets his girlfriend Lisa. The two of
them establish a successful life in London as they spend every weekend
in the Pearl, a local punk bar. Their relationship is tested when
they hear they learn a friend of theirs was stabbed at a concert.
Each character attempts to reclaim individuality in the midst of the
chaotic world of British punk rock.
Although varying degrees of production value can be given to staged
readings, this one was off-book (memorized), with suggested costumes,
props, and set pieces assembled mainly from rehearsal furniture.