James McLure's Laundry and Bourbon

Oct 13, 2014
Laundry and Bourbon

Conceived as companion pieces by James McLure, Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star, constitutes two one acts, a full evening of thought provoking and hilarious theatre.

LAUNDRY AND BOURBON - Here the action centers on the discontent and very funny gossip of three small-town wives whose marriages have turned out to be less than was hoped for.

The setting is the front porch of Roy and Elizabeth's home 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 which are so much a part of small-town life. They are joined by the self-righteous Amy Lee who, among other tidbits, can't resist blurting out that Roy 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 Vietnam. He is wild, and 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.

LONE STAR takes place in the cluttered backyard of a small-town Texas bar. Roy, a brawny, macho type who had once been a local high-school hero, is back in town after a hitch in Vietnam and trying to reestablish his position in the community. Joined by his younger brother, Ray (who worships him), Roy sets about consuming a case of beer while regaling Ray with tales of his military and amorous exploits. Apparently Roy cherishes three things above all; his country, his sexy young wife, and his 1959 pink Thunderbird. With the arrival of Cletis, the fatuous, newlywed son of the local hardware store owner, the underpinnings of Roy's world begin to collapse as it gradually comes out that Ray had slept with his brother's wife during his absence and, horror of horrors, has just demolished his cherished Thunderbird. But, despite all, the high good humor of the play never lapses, and all ends as breezily and happily as it began.


Both Productions by playwright James McLure

Produced by Montana Roesch and Two Way Street Productions

Executive Producer Isabel Adrian

Laundry And Bourbon Directed by Tim McNeil

Lone Star Directed by Bonnie McNeil


Claudia Doumit as "Elizabeth"

Malin Sandberg as "Hattie"

Alice O'Connor as "Amy"


Douglass Bennett as "Roy"

Tom Stanczyk as "Cletus"

John Linton as "Ray"

LAUNDRY AND BOURBON & LONE STAR will open November 7th running through December 7th, 2014 at The Stella Adler Theatre - Studio C, located at 6773 Hollywood Blvd., 2nd Floor, Hollywood, CA. 90028. Performances will be Friday and Saturday 8:PM Sunday @ 7:00PM. General admission is $20.00, Students $10.00. Running time 105 minutes (including Intermission). Tickets are available in advance at twowaystreet.bpt.me or call 323.790.6745.