Based on the real events of the Nixon administration's attempt to deport John Lennon, MAZEL TOV, JOHN LENNON is a true story of immigration policy as political tool and presidential abuse of power. Winner of the 2019 Wilde Award for Best New Script.
January 1972: Vietnam war protests are at their peak, and newly ex-Beatled John Lennon walks into the office of Leon Wildes, an eminent immigration lawyer. As ultra-laid-back Lennon and straight-laced Wildes navigate Lennon’s stormy immigration case, an unlikely and comical kinship unfolds, and both men gain a greater understanding of friendship, personal values, and patriotism.
"Mazel Tov John Lennon is both compelling and makes today’s headlines echo in our heads with the currency of history and the story of a cultural icon." -- Encore Michigan
"Wells’ play is a sharp take on the Wildes-Lennon relationship...using humor and outrage with equal skill." -- Pulp Magazine