The Liars' League, which launched in 2007, is a live short story event now spanning the globe. 'Liars' because in a sense fiction and acting are both lies - and a 'league' because a company of actors and writers work to bring an evening of themed stories to an audience, once a month in London, New York and Hong Kong.
This is the second of three stories recorded at the Liars' League events. In London the theme is 'Boom and Bust', in Hong Kong it's 'Cruelty and Mercy', and in New York - where we are this week - it's 'Entrances and Exits'.
Each story brings a distinct flavour of its country of origin - of the culture, people and concerns. Each is populated by ubiquitous skyscrapers and familiar corporations and brands, but at the same time beats to an older rhythm of the people and their traditions - from a Catholic boyhood in New York, through life in London's drabber suburbs, to old traditions surviving amidst the bustle of modern Hong Kong.
In Vito Racanelli's Do Days, Paulie and Steven are friends, living across the street from each other in Queens. Steven went to the public school, Paulie to the Catholic one where, more than anything, he learned what not to do. Don't do this, don't do that. For Steven, every day was a 'do day', and Paulie jumped at the chances Steven presented him with, whatever the consequences.
Written by Vito Racanelli
Read by E James Ford
Produced by David Roper
A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4.