LIFE 101: Spring in London Plot Synopsis
Seven mismatched university students from the U.S.A. arrive
in Stansted Airport to begin a semester abroad studying Dramatic
Literature in a class entitled LIFE 101: Spring in London.
Michelle, “the sorority girl” adores being adored by men.
Tim, a button-down type, with an odd obsession with recording
every experience on a videocam, chases a perfect 4.0 grade
average. Constance a second-generation hippy with New Age
attitudes, seeks to find an identity. Slash, a guitar strumming
neo-slacker, doesn’t seem to want anything, Josh, a jock on
scholarship, dreams of playing Pro ball and catching an “easy A”.
Two aspiring playwrights - Emily, who claims to be clinging to
temporary amnesia, and the award-winning James, who simply wants
to finally grow up, believes he’s found the answer to the perfect
life in a practical five-year plan, which inexplicitly doesn’t
include playwriting, round out the class. Each has his or her
dreams and secrets, but face this adventure with hopes that
“Today is the Day” that will change their lives forever.
When the students finally meet the legendary, and intimidating,
Professor Ryan, they quickly learn that sometimes “Things Change.”
It seems that the class description didn’t exactly cover the types
of lessons Ryan is determined to teach them. Thus begins an arduous
and unorthodox course of study which will force each student to
face his or her own personal demons, and to discover that sometimes
growing up means getting what you need, rather than what you want.
It’s not long before everything seems to turn upside down.
Constance has an unwise liaison with a French Director. Tim begins
suspecting that a future in the family business might be a fate worse
than death. Michelle isn’t getting much satisfaction out of her “femme
fatale” role. Josh helplessly watches as all his dreams for a better
life for him and his families threaten to go up in smoke. The enigmatic
Slash pursues incredibly inventive ways to avoid any sort of real work
and spends far too much time in secret meetings with Professor Ryan.
And Emily and James find themselves entangled in a relationship that is
destined to go nowhere because the paths they’ve chosen are at odds.
The fact that Professor Ryan seems determined to encourage Emily’s dreams
while at the same time taking down James a peg or two at every
opportunity further burdens their relationship. Still - although the
Professor’s attitude rankles James, he finds in Emily the woman of his
dreams. Unfortunately, Emily is bent on finding herself and no longer
believes that love conquers all.
The group begins to fall apart as the hardships of facing life’s
challenges plague them. It seems that “Things Ain’t as Simple as they
Seem.” As each discovers who and what the others’ really are, each is
forced to face personal revelations. Plus, something mysterious is going
on with the Professor. He obviously has some mysterious agenda – and
they are part of it.
Through laughter and tears, anger and celebration, along with some elbow
bending at various pubs, Josh, Tim, Michelle, Slash, Constance, and
especially James and Emily will find that LIFE 101: Spring in London offers
the chance of a personal journey far more dramatic than any of their
assigned dramatic readings.
A senior, majoring in Theatre. Things have
always come easily to James. He’s good-looking, smart, a natural
leader and even has a proven talent as an emerging playwright,
but this “golden boy” believes the time has come for more serious
and practical pursuits.
A senior, majoring in English.
She’s been the good daughter, friend, and student all her
life and she knows that’s not enough. She needs to fly
free now – and she wants a successful career as a playwright.
Playing it safe is no longer an option and she has no time
English Lit. Major. We don’t know a lot about Slash – except
that he sleeps a lot, plays a guitar, has secret chats with
Professor Ryan and constantly knows about things you’d never
expect him to know about.
A senior, majoring in English and Business: She’s cute, she’s a
tease, and she is the archetypal sorority chick with a wicked
tongue. She looks rich and spoiled and carefree. But looks can
A Junior, majoring in Economics. He’s a button-down
kind of guy, who’s proud of his perfect G.P.A., and very protective
of his critical faculties. Some might call him a bit of a nerd. A
nerd with an obsession for committing all his experiences to videotape.
A Senior, majoring in Theatre. This second
generation hippy has an armory of new age tools, from tarot cards
to pendulums. She’s a Southern gal with an urge to act, a big
heart, and absolutely no clue of who Constance Willowflower
A Junior, majoring in English. He’s the big guy
on campus and on the basketball court. He’s on scholarship and
looking to play pro ball. For this jock, basketball is the way
to put his humble beginnings behind him and give his family the
life he believes they deserve.
He’s a legendary teacher, an anglophile,
and an eccentric with a secret. This spring, Ryan is determined
to throw the rulebook out and give seven students the opportunity
to experience a new kind of education.