“Laundry and Bourbon” and "Lone Star"
The Group Rep presents two James McLure’s one-act comedies “Laundry and Bourbon” and "Lone Star,” directed by Barbara Brownell, produced for the Group Rep by Lloyd Pedersen. Three young women who are neighbors and friends share drinks and hard truths about life, love, and marriage while doing laundry on a very hot day. In another part of town three men beat-the-heat in the backyard of a bar as the local high school hero, recently returned after a hitch in Vietnam, details his military and amorous exploits. Laughs are shared, souls are bared.
Cast features the talents of Todd Andrew Ball, R.J. DeBard, Nick Paonessa, Kristin Towers-Rowles, Savannah Schoenecker, and Sarah Zuk.
The Production Design Team includes Chris Winfield (Set Design), J. Kent Inasy (Lighting Design), Angela M. Eads (Costume Design), Steve Shaw (Sound Design), Doug Haverty (Graphic Design), John Ledley (Stage Manager), Todd Andrew Ball (Assistant Director), Doug Engalla (Photographer/Videographer) and Kyra Schwartz (Set Dresser).
About Playwright James McLure
James Miller McLure, Jr. (1951-2011) (Playwright) was an American playwright, born August 5, 1951, in Alexandria, Louisiana, and grew up in Shreveport, where he was educated by the Jesuits. He became interested in acting in high school, obtained a BFA degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He moved to New York City in 1975 and was a member of the Lion Theatre Company. His plays Lone Star and Pvt. Wars were presented off-Broadway in 1979. In 1980, Lone Star and Laundry and Bourbon were shown together as 1959 Pink Thunderbird at the McCarter Theatre. Subsequent plays include Thanksgiving, The Day They Shot John Lennon, The River Cane, and an adaptation of John O'Keeffe's Wild Oats, which was produced as an official entry for the 1984 Olympics Arts Festival.
For many years, McLure was a participant playwright in the Missoula Colony, a writers workshop of the Montana Repertory Theatre and the only playwright to contribute to the Colony in every year of its existence. In 1992, his play Max and Maxie was presented at the Denver Center Theatre, followed by Fran and Brian, Ghost World, The Agent, and Southern Christmas. His last play, Iago, was presented at the New Jersey Repertory Company in 2016.
In addition to his work in the theatre, McLure wrote for the screen and television, including "Sangre", starring Holly Hunter, "Kingfish", starring John Goodman, and "Reckless", starring Aidan Quinn. He died at home in Marina del Rey, California, February 17, 2011, of cancer.
About the Group Rep at the Lonny Chapman Theatre
Now its 45th Season, the Group Rep has produced well over 300 plays including more than 70 World Premieres. The company boasts more than 80 active company members, from those with notable careers to those building careers. The acting company began May 1973, with a rag-tag group of 11 actors performing scenes for audiences in a laundromat-turned 36 seat theatre on Van Ness Blvd. When Lonny Chapman first entered that theatre, the match was perfect and The Group Rep was born with Chapman at the helm. In 1999, Lonny was honored when the current theatre’s name officially became the "Lonny Chapman Theatre". The partnership continued until Lonny’s passing in 2007.
In addition to productions, The Group Rep gives back to the community with its Annual Kids Holiday Party and a new program which donates play tickets to Veteran Groups. Also, its Participating Actor and Technical Associates (PATA) program provides internship opportunities for aspiring theatre artists. Past graduates include such notables as Sean Penn and Jennifer Tilly.
From 2009 – 2010, Ernest Figueroa, producer for the Broad Stage, came on board as Artistic Director, and brought needed creative and organizational changes. In April of 2010, Figueroa passed the torch to longtime members Larry Eisenberg and Chris Winfield to serve as Co-Artistic Directors. The dynamic duo strives to take The Group Rep to even greater heights and continue to fulfill the vision of Lonny Chapman: First, to entertain, then to illuminate the human condition - and never be boring.
Talk-backs after matinees January 27 and February 10.
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