The TRU Actors Workshop Theatre’s production of Laundry and Bourbon, and Lone Star

The TRU Actors Workshop Theatre is currently running 2 one-act plays, by James McLure, together in one performance. The two interconnected plays are Laundry and Bourbon, and Lone Star. They are being performed at The Black Box Theatre at Thompson Rivers University.

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The TRU Actors Workshop Theatre is currently running two one-act plays, by James McLure, together in one performance. The two interconnected plays are Laundry and Bourbon, and Lone Star. They are being performed at The Black Box Theatre at Thompson Rivers University. These one-act plays take place in the small town of Maynard, Texas. Laundry and Bourbon has the wife of a Viet Nam war veteran, Elizabeth Caulder, contemplating her life and anxiously watching the road for her husband’s pink Cadillac. She is joined by her friend and they proceed to fold laundry, drink bourbon and discuss their families and friends. A third woman, who they have been discussing, joins them, providing plenty of conflict.

Lone Star takes place behind a Maynard bar, where the Viet Nam vet Roy Caulder, is drinking Lone Star beer and admiring the stars. He is joined by his brother and proceeds to share his Lone Star and tell oft-repeated stories of his exploits in his beloved pink Cadillac. A disliked, former school mate, joins them for a time and reveals to Roy’s brother that he has destroyed the pink Cadillac in an accident. Later Roy’s brother tells Roy this and, also confesses to betraying him.

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This production is directed by TRU faculty member Robin Nichol and the student actors did a convincing job, using southern accents and keeping in character throughout the two one-act plays. The sets, lighting, sound and costumes were at a professional level. The Black Box Theatre is a comfortable venue with good sight lines. This enjoyable production  runs until Dec. 2. Tickets can be bought at the theatre box office located in Student Street in Old Main, or reserved by phoning the box office at 250-377-6100​.

Listen to Jim and his show Jazz Notes every Wednesday 5-7 PM.

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