Texans love to say of their state that “everything is bigger.” Join us for a comedic evening of fun as we visit the Lone Star State and drop in on the ladies and their men for insights on life in the South. No doubt you will come away at least believing the characters are bigger in Texas. The production runs approximately two hours including intermission.
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This Spring, Glenview’s Oil Lamp Theater is pleased to present two plays depicting life in a sleepy Texas town. Lone Star and Laundry and Bourbon, by James McLure, both seem to show us a simpler life, but the slow-burning drama that simmers under the surface eventually bubbles up and we are shown a more complicated story.
In Lone Star, heavy-drinking Vietnam veteran Roy (played by Evan Johnson) offers his unique perspective on the world, mostly to his naïve younger brother Ray (portrayed by Joe Boersma). Roy shares his thoughts on a myriad of topics, namely his car, his wife Elizabeth, and the other characters in their town (notably Cletis, played by Michael Dalberg, a nervous man who Roy loathes). As he waxes philosophical and shares stories from the war, he reveals a sensitive soul that is unmoored after his stint on the battlefield and struggling to re-acclimate to life in his small Texas hometown.
Laundry and Bourbon offers us the world from Elizabeth’s (Roy’s wife) perspective. The play takes place as Roy’s wife (played by Lexi Saunders) is folding laundry and sipping bourbon and Cokes with her friend Hattie (who will be portrayed by Sara Heller). As the two of them engage in idle gossip, the turmoil of Elizabeth’s troubled marriage to Roy is slowly uncovered. They are joined by Amy Lee (played by Lauren Lichtenstein) who self-righteously reveals that Roy has been spotted around town with another woman. As the plot continues to twist and turn, we see Elizabeth’s true nature and the true nature of her relationship with Roy.
Lone Star and Laundry and Bourbon offer the audience two sides of the same coin. Through two very different characters, we see the intimate details of life in a small Texas town during a time of unrest and uncertainty in America. Their unique perspectives and heartfelt monologues reveal the beauty and tragedy of everyday life, not just for them, but for every person. And as the plays unfold we realize that life for these characters and for America at large will never be the same again.
Intended for mature audiences only. Contains scenes of a sexual nature and some strong language. The production runs approximately two hours including intermission.
Lone Star and Laundry and Bourbon Cast and Crew
Director – Elizabeth Lovelady
Stage Manager – Becca Holloway