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“Lone Star” and “Laundry & Bourbon” Come to STLCC-Wildwood

April 09, 2015

St. Louis Community College-Wildwood will bring to life a double-bill of one-act “dramedies” by James McClure on Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2.

Performances of “Laundry and Bourbon” and “Lone Star” are free and open to the public. Doors open at 7 p.m. and seats are on a first come, first served basis.

Together, the two one-acts paint a picture of life in the tiny town of Meynard, Texas, where women get drunk during the day and men get drunk at night. These black comedies depict the effects of the Vietnam War by weaving together the perspectives of those who went to war and those who stayed at home.

In “Laundry and Bourbon,” Elizabeth, Hattie and Amy Lee gossip and drink their worries away about their marriages, children, and Elizabeth’s Vietnam veteran husband who has been missing for two days. The three characters are an eclectic mix of personalities, from forlorn and resigned to outspoken gossip.

“Lone Star” is aptly named after the beer that Roy, his younger brother Ray and Cletis drink as they reminisce about Roy’s pink 1959 Thunderbird and all that has happened in it.  The play is full of memorable lines, some of which are funny and some of which are poignant. Due to mature themes and language, this play is not suitable for children.

The campus is located at 2645 Generations Drive in Wildwood.