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“Laundry and Bourbon” by James McClure. Sept 11-27

The simple life is not so simple.

Betsy T. Henderson, Canady Vance Thomas and Rachel Green, Photo by Paul Hurschmann

Betsy T. Henderson, Canady Vance Thomas and Rachel Green, Photo by Paul Hurschmann

September 11 – 27, 2009. Saint Mary’s School Pittman Auditorium, 900 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh.

Welcome to a front porch: Anywhere, USA. It’s a hot summer afternoon in 1974.  Elizabeth, Hattie and busy body Amy Lee are folding laundry, drinking bourbon and coke, gossiping, and exchanging insults while awaiting the return of Elizabeth’s wayward husband, Roy, who hasn’t been the same since his return from Vietnam. There’s plenty to laugh about and much to contemplate in this lively comedy. The New York Post said about the original production, ” Mr. McClure’s strongest suit is dialogue- salty, comic banter that derives from colorful indigenous characters.”

The dynamic combination of area theatre veterans and best friends Betsy T. Henderson, Rachel Green and Canady Vance Thomas gives a comfortable and playful feel to this 1970’s front porch cat fight.  The constant breeze on this sweltering summer night is not enough to cool down the heat amongst these girls as they compare husbands, bridge club rivalry, infidelity, the introduction of mahjong, how to raise children and how to pick the right door on Monty Hall’s “Let’s Make a Deal”, which is blaring from the television in the background. The stoic optimism and patience Elizabeth shows for her missing Vietnam Veteran husband Roy melts the heart of even these caustic women.

The issue of war and the resistance to change will be addressed during  two nights of pre-show discussions with area experts on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as a means of opening a dialogue concerning the obstacles and issues faced by our returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

Saturday, September 12, pre show discussion with Dr. Greg Inman and Dr. Heather Bergida, Raleigh Veterans Association.
Saturday, September 26, pre show discussion with Dr. Greg Inman and Mr. Ray Koval, Raleigh Veterans Association.

“Laundry and Bourbon” is directed by The Justice Theater Project’s Artistic Director, Deb Royals.  Sound Design by Julie Jones, lighting by Daniel Sepke, stage management by Andy Hayworth, and set design and construction by Deb Royals and Brett Stegall.

The Justice Theater Project (JTP) is an advocacy and activist theater company whose mission is to use the dramatic arts to bring to the fore of public attention the needs of the poor, the marginalized, and the oppressed.  Each year JTP presents a diverse combination of original works, main stage productions, and community outreach events focusing on issues of social justice.

“Laundry and Bourbon” will be performed at 8:00 p.m. on September 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 and September 13, 20, 27 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for students and senior citizens, and $10 for groups of 10 or more.  Sunday, September 13 at 2 p.m. is $5.00 admission day.

Special events:

  • Friday, September 11 – Join us for a Complimentary after show reception
  • Saturday, September 12 -7:30 before show discussion with Dr. Greg Inman and Dr. Heather Bergida, Raleigh Veterans Association
  • Sunday, September 13 – $5.00 Matinee
  • Saturday, 26 – 7:30 pm before show discussion with Dr. Greg Inman and  Mr. Ray Koval, Raleigh Veterans Association
  • Sunday, September 27 – 2 pm  Audio Described Performance

General JTP information and on line tickets:
www.TheJusticeTheaterProject.org
(919)215-0889 for more information.

St. Mary’s School Pittman Auditorium is located at 900 Hillsborough Street. For parking, enter on College Place and proceed to Gate 4, Library parking.

Educational/Experiential Guides are available by emailing marketing[at]thejusticetheaterproject.org

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