Focus on Community/Arts
Peake Players Open "Lone Star/Laundry and Bourbon"

Posted on Monday, March 06, 2006

WYE MILLS - The Peake Players of Chesapeake College will open the third show of their current Salute to Texas season this weekend with two comedy one-acts by James McLure, Lone Star and Laundry and Bourbon.

Both one act plays take place in tiny Maynard, Texas, during the 1960´s. Lone Star is the story of two brothers, good old boys named Ray and Roy respectively. Roy is a Viet Nam vet who can´t seem to get his life together since returning from overseas. He spends his nights getting drunk in the back of Angel´s Bar, the setting of the show. Ray is Roy´s somewhat simple younger brother who has some bad news for Roy regarding both his wife and his beloved 1959 pink Thunderbird convertible.

Laundry and Bourbon is the ladies´ story, the flip side of the Maynard coin, so to speak. It features Roy´s wife, Elizabeth, who hasn´t seen her husband in several days, and her raucous friend, Hattie, who is beleaguered by a houseful of uncontrollable children and a husband whom she doesn´t really love. The play is set on Elizabeth´s back porch, where the women fold laundry, drink bourbon, and discuss life and love.

Both shows are directed by Chesapeake drama instructor Anita Livingston. Lone Star features Jon Hanbury as Roy, Tony Jefferson as Ray, and Tory Sylvester as their Baptist Jaycee acquaintance, Cletis T. Fullernoy. Laundry and Bourbon features Becca Barringer as Elizabeth, Erica Tecce as Hattie, and Andree Fee as Cletis´ "backporch Baptist" wife, Amy Lee. Sarah Stauffer serves as Assistant Director.

The show will run through March 19th, with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 2:30. Performances will be held in the Louise Cadby Studio Theatre, Room 117 of the Humanities Building on the Chesapeake campus. General admission is $8 and student and senior admission is $6. Tickets are available at the door and reservations are not required. For more information, call 410-822-5400, ext. 278.

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