From top left, Howard Haas, Leslie Nitzberg, Ron Danko, Ann Chandler*, Marty Nitzberg, Roxy Mitchem-Horn. Photo by Pat Grossman

Presented by

The ASA Theatre Company

Thursday, November 14

at 2:30 p.m.

and Saturday, November 16

at 7 p.m.,

The Arizona Senior Academy Building

Directed by Ron Danko

with Set Design by Mike Horn-Mitchem

“Salty, comic banter” . . . “Pathos of McLure’s small town misfits” . . . “Down-home comedy and an underlying tragedy” . . . “Funny animated, and feisty”

. . . from the reviews of Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star.

Playwright and actor James McLure (1951-2011) first attracted attention in 1979 at the Festival of New American Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville with Lone Star and the one-act Pvt. Wars, which was later expanded to a full-length comedy. Lone Star was on Off-Broadway later that year, and in 1980 paired with Laundry and Bourbon as 1959 Pink Thunderbird at the McArdle Theatre in Princeton. His best-known play is probably The Day They Shot John Lennon (2011).

Laundry and Bourbon: The setting is the back porch of Roy and Elizabeth’s home in Maynard, Texas, on a hot summer afternoon in the early ‘70s. Elizabeth (Leslie Nitzberg) and her friend Hattie (Ann Chandler*) are whiling away the time folding laundry, watching TV, sipping bourbon, and gossiping about the many secrets which are so much a part of small-town life. They are joined by the self-righteous Amy Lee (Roxy Mitchem-Horn) who loves dishing out gossip. 

Lone Star: In the cluttered backyard of Angel’s Bar in Maynard, the macho Roy (Ron Danko), who was once a local high school hero, is trying to reestablish his position in the community. Joined by his worshipful younger brother Ray (Marty Nitzberg), Roy sets about consuming a case of beer while regaling Ray with tales of his military and amorous exploits. With the arrival of Cletis (Howard Haas), the fatuous, newlywed son of the local hardware store owner, the underpinnings of Roy’s world begin to collapse. 

Free and open to the public, but for Assured Seating, please respond with the date and the number of seats required to: azmuse47@gmail.com or call 520-312-7188.

For mature audiences – adult situations and language

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S., appearing under a special appearance contract.

Nov. 14 & 16: “Laundry and Bourbon” and “Lone Star”–Interlocking One-Act Plays by James McLure