Fayetteville State University’s (FSU) Theater Company will produce James McLure’s one act plays, Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star, on October 5-7, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in the small outdoor amphitheater next to Butler Theatre. Theatre Company productions are open to the public with ticket prices being $10 for adults, $8 for Faculty, Staff, and Senior Citizens, $3 for children, and $2 for all students with a valid ID card purchased before curtain up at 7:30 p.m. After 7:30 all tickets are sold at the full adult price of $10.
Directed by FSU Theatre faculty Phoebe Hall, Laundry and Bourbon is set on the front porch of Roy and Elizabeth’s home in Maynard, Texas, on a hot summer evening. Elizabeth and friend Hattie are folding laundry, watching TV, sipping bourbon and Coke, and gossiping about secrets which are so much a part of small-town life. Joined by self-righteous Amy Lee, she can’t resist blurting out that Roy has been seen around town with another woman. While the conversation is increasingly edged with bitter humor, there still emerges a sense of Elizabeth’s inner strength and quiet understanding of the turmoil that has tormented her husband since his return from Vietnam. He is wild. He is unfaithful; but he needs her and she loves him. And she’ll be waiting for him when he comes home—no matter what others may say or think.
The companion piece, Lone Star, directed by FSU Theatre faculty Jeremy Fiebig, takes place in the cluttered backyard of a small-town Texas house. Roy, a brawny, macho type who had once been a local high-school hero, is back after a hitch in Vietnam trying to reestablish his position in the community. Joined by his younger brother, Ray (who worships him), Roy consumes a case of beer while regaling Ray with tales of many military and amorous exploits. Roy seems to cherish three things above all: his country, his sexy young wife, and his 1959 pink Thunderbird. With the arrival of Cletis, fatuous son of the local hardware store owner, the underpinnings of Roy’s world begin to collapse as it is gradually revealed that Ray slept with his brother’s wife during his absence and, horror of horrors, has just demolished his cherished Thunderbird. But, despite all, the good humor of the play never lapses, and all ends as happily as it began.
For information on Laundry and Bourbon call Phoebe Hall (910) 672-1006 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For Lone Star contact Jeremy Fiebig at 910-672-2574 or email at email@example.com
For tickets or to make a reservation call the FSU Ticket Office at (910) 672-1724.