Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at LONE STAR and LAUNDRY & BOURBON at The Clurman Theatre
Contemporary Theatre of Dallas will make its New York debut in July 2014 with LONE STAR and LAUNDRY & BOURBON. The two one-acts by the widely-produced late playwright James McLure give a flavorful slice of life in rural Texas. Now in its 13th season, the celebrated regional theater company has been named "Best Theatre Company" by the Dallas Observer. Their productions are regularly selected in the "Top 10 Shows of the Year" from the Dallas Voice. LONE STAR and LAUNDRY & BOURBON, directed by Cynthia Hestand, will be performed at The Clurman Theatre (410 West 42nd Street) from July 5 to July 26. Scroll down for a sneak peek at both shows!
LONE STAR - hailed as "an uproarious local-color comedy" by The New York Times - is a character study of a pair of Texas "good ol' boys" carousing on a Saturday night that was performed on Broadway in 1979. Originally conceived as a LONE STARcompanion piece, LAUNDRY & BOURBON focuses on the discontent and very funny gossip of three small-town wives whose marriages have turned out to be less than ideal. The pairing of these complementary one acts has been a longtime regional staple. TheMcCarter Theater in Princeton, NJ presented them together with the title 1959 Pink Thunderbird, but this marks the first major New York production. Contemporary Theatre of Dallas remounts the staging of their lauded 2004 and 2006 productions.
The LONE STAR and LAUNDRY & BOURBON cast will feature Joey Oglesby ("Friday Night Lights"), Mike Schraeder, Ken Orman, Marisa Diotalevi, Marianne Galloway and Sue Loncar. The production features set design by Rodney Dobbs, props and set dressing by Jen Gilson-Gilliam, sound design by Rich Frolich, lighting design by Kenneth Farnsworth and costume design bySue Loncar.
James McLure (1951-2011) was a prolific playwright whose work focuses on small-town life. His plays include Pvt. Wars, The Day They Shot John Lennon, Napoleon Nightdreams, Max and Maxie, Ghost World, The Very Last Lover of the River Cane, Thanksgivingand Wild Oats. His piece Drive-In Dreams was presented in New York at 59E59 Theaters' "Summer Shorts 2012." Pvt. Warspremiered in London at the Greenwich Studio Theatre in 1991. McLure's work has also been presented at the George Street Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and Louisville Humana Festival, among many others.
The Contemporary Theatre of Dallas production of LONE STAR and LAUNDRY & BOURBON will be presented at The Clurman Theatre (410 West 42nd Street in Manhattan) from Saturday, July 5 to Saturday, July 26. The performance schedule is Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 PM; Wednesday at 2:00 PM; Saturday at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM; and Sunday at 3:00 PM. Opening night is Thursday, July 10. Tickets are now on sale at www.telecharge.com.