Stage Door Series
Dark Horse Theater Project presents

John Lennon, the Mobster, & the Lawyer

Tuesday, March 20, Thursday, March 22, and Saturday, March 24

Please note: Tuesday & Thursday performances are currently sold out

Backstage on the Veh Stage

John Lennon testifying in federal court, NYC. 1976. © Bob Gruen/

Saluda resident Jay Bergen, a New York trial lawyer for 45 years, represented John Lennon most notably in his protracted court battle with Morris Levy, a narcissistic Mafia front-man working within the 1970’s NY music industry scene. Over the course of the trial, Lennon and Bergen became friends. Mr. Bergen will surprise and delight with personal anecdotes about the times he spent with John, Yoko Ono and other rock and roll royalty. If you’re a fan of John Lennon, The Beatles, and their revolutionary impact on pop music, you will not want to miss this multi-media event.

(L-R) Lawyer Howard Roy, John Lennon, lawyer Harold Seider, Yoko Ono and lawyer James Bergen eating dinner at Sloppy Louie's, NYC. January 30, 1976. © Bob Gruen /

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From Jay Bergen: “When we got into John and Yoko’s limo at the lunch break on the first day of the trial — Jan. 12, 1976 — I asked them what they wanted for lunch.  John said:  “We’re only eating fish.”  I told the driver to take us to the Fulton Fish Market (this was before construction of the South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan on the East River).  We stopped in front of Sloppy Louie’s, one of many landmark spots in that area.  It was not fancy but served excellent seafood.  John and Yoko loved it so we ate there every day for the 22 days they attended the trial.”

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Seating is limited, so reservations are strongly encouraged. Admission is $5. Beer, wine, and other concessions will be available.

Admission: $5
Tuesday, March 20 and Thursday, March 22 are sold out. Please join us on Saturday, March 24.

Need help? Call TFAC at 828-859-8322.