The Palos Village Players are excited to present auditions for 1959 Pink Thunderbird.
Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star are a combination of two one-act plays by James McClure, presented together under the title 1959 Pink Thunderbird.
In Laundry and Bourbon, Elizabeth and her pal Hattie spend their time folding laundry, enjoying bourbon and Coke, and delving into the juicy secrets of small-town life. Their cozy routine gets interrupted by the arrival of Amy Lee, a self-righteous acquaintance who can't resist revealing that Elizabeth's husband, Roy, has been seen with another woman. What follows is a conversation laced with bitter humor that brings forth Elizabeth's resilience and her understanding of the inner turmoil Roy has faced since returning from Vietnam. As for Lone Star, the setting shifts to the backyard of Angel's, a local bar, where we encounter Roy, a once-revered high-school figure now grappling with a moody, macho demeanor as he tries to reclaim his place in the community post-Vietnam. Alongside him is his adoring younger brother, Ray. As Roy delves into a case of beer, he gradually unveils his unwavering affection for three prized elements: his country, his wife, and his cherished 1959 pink Thunderbird. The arrival of Cletis, the hardware store owner's son, disrupts Roy's world, unveiling unexpected conflicts that could prove devastating.
For the roles in Laundry and Bourbon, Lone Star needs three men of similar age ranges. All ages listed are stage ages.
Laundry and Bourbon
Elizabeth: Lead. Female. 24-35 Strong, sensual woman, intelligent but distant, devoid of self-pity, a forthright person who will call anyone's bluff.
Hattie: Lead. Female. 24-35 A woman whose bluff needs calling, blowsy, brassy, used to getting her way, mother, wife, talker, and busybody, has an adage for every occasion.
Amy Lee: Supporting. Female. 24-35 Bright, sassy, spoiled, Baptist to the teeth, yet given to gossip, life revolves around the country club.
Roy: Male, Caucasian, Roy, a brawny, macho type who had once been a local high-school hero, is back in town after a hitch in Vietnam and trying to reestablish his position in the community. He loves his 1959 pink Thunderbird, likes John Wayne movies, and thinks Raquel Welch is a great actress.
Ray: Male, Roy's younger brother, who worships him. He has no idea what irony is. He wears a John Deere hat, and probably sleeps in it. Cletis: Male, mid to late 20s - fatuous, jerk, he married the first girl he dated that didn't spit on him.
November 27th & 28th @ 7:00pm
All Saints Lutheran Church
13350 S. LaGrange Rd Orland
February 23, 24, 25, March 1, & 2
Rehearsals are Tuesday/Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoon
Readings from the script. No prepared monologue is required.