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1959 Pink Thunderbird

Directed by John Spiegel

James McClure’s 1959 Pink Thunderbird, a combination of two one-act plays, examines the lives of small-town Texas during the post-Vietnam era. This unique theatre experience begins with the one-act play Laundry and Bourbon, which explores the lives of three women - Elizabeth, Hattie, and Amy Lee. They meet daily on the front porch to fold laundry, sip bourbon, and discuss the local gossip. On this particular day, the gossip about Elizabeth’s husband could send her world spinning, but through her bitter humor we witness her inner strength and her quiet understanding of the turmoil which has beset her husband since his return from Vietnam.

In Lone Star, the one-act play comprising the second half of 1959 Pink Thunderbird, we meet Roy, Ray, and Cletis, the men of this same, small-town Texas neighborhood. Set in the backyard of a local bar, Roy is back in town after serving in Vietnam and regaling Ray, his younger brother, with his military exploits. Enter Cletis with news that turns everyone’s world upside down, and hilarity ensues. This look at small-town life is sure to bring a smile of recognition to everyone’s face.

April 15th-18th, Mainstage Theater