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Laundry & Bourbon and Lone Star - Overview
by James McLure
performed May 18th-20th, 2006
in Little Kresge Theater at MIT

Directed by: Ronni Marshak and Mark Sickler


In Laundry & Bourbon we visit Elizabeth's back porch in Maynard, Texas, on a hot summer afternoon. Elizabeth and her friend Hattie are whiling away the time folding laundry, watching TV, sipping bourbon and Coke, and gossiping about the many open secrets that are so much a part of small town life. They are joined by the self-righteous Amy Lee, who can't resist blurting out that Elizabeth's husband has been seen around town with another woman. While the ensuing conversation is increasingly edged with bitter humor, from it emerges a sense of Elizabeth's inner strength and her quiet understanding of the turmoil which has beset her husband since his return from Viet Nam.

Lone Star takes place in the cluttered backyard of a small town Texas bar. Elizabeth's husband, Roy, a brawny, macho type who had once been a local high school hero, is back in town after a hitch in Viet Nam, and trying to re-establish his position in the community. Joined by his younger brother, Roy, who worships him, Ray sets about consuming a case of beer while regaling Ray with tales of his military an amorous exploits. Roy cherishes three things in life: Lone Star beer, his wife Elizabeth, and his classic pink Thunderbird car, not necessarily in that order.