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“Tales from Texas”
As a part of our effort to bring you more opportunities to perform and see live art locally, we will be holding auditions for our new Black Box Series, the One Night Only One Acts. These one acts will have a relaxed and flexible rehearsal schedule, and as the name implies only one performance.
Auditions for the two companion one acts written by James McLure will be held at the Schiappa Library Meeting Room located at 4141 Mall Drive, Steubenville, OH 43952 on February 8th from 6:30-8:30pm and February 9th from 11:30am-1:30pm.
No monologues required, just yourself and your schedules. Cold reads and acting games will be used.
Directed by Micha Underwood
Roy - The older brother who just got back from Vietnam. Constantly drinking, and the more he drinks the louder he gets.
Ray - The younger brother, kind-hearted and a bit dimwitted. He is hiding something from his brother which makes him very on edge.
Cletus - Nerd, who has been bullied by Roy for years.
The play takes place in the cluttered backyard of a small-town Texas bar. 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. Joined by his younger brother, Ray (who worships him), Roy sets about consuming a case of beer while regaling Ray with tales of his military and amorous exploits. Apparently Roy cherishes three things above all; his country, his sexy young wife, and his 1959 pink Thunderbird. With the arrival of Cletus, the fatuous, newlywed son of the local hardware store owner, the underpinnings of Roy's world begin to collapse as it gradually comes out that Ray had slept with his brother's wife during his absence and, horror of horrors, has just demolished his cherished Thunderbird. But, despite all, the high good humor of the play never lapses, and all ends as breezily and happily as it began.
“Laundry and Burbon”
Directed by Richie “Twist” Oliver
Elizabeth - Roy’s Wife. Clearly changed by the war herself and the effect it had on her husband. She loves gossip.
Hattie - Elizabeth’s oldest friend. She and Elizabeth are like sisters and she also loves gossip.
Amy Lee - Cletus’ wife. A self righteous town gossip.
The setting is the front porch of Roy and Elizabeth's home in Maynard, Texas, on a hot summer afternoon. Elizabeth and her friend Hattie are whiling away the time folding laundry, watching TV, sipping bourbon and Coke, and gossiping about the many open secrets which are so much a part of small-town life. They are joined by the self-righteous Amy Lee who, among other tidbits, can't resist blurting out that Roy has been seen around town with another woman. While the ensuing conversation is increasingly edged with bitter humor, from it emerges a sense of Elizabeth's inner strength and her quiet understanding of the turmoil which has beset her husband since his return from Vietnam. He is wild, and he is unfaithful, but he needs her, and she loves him. And she'll be waiting for him when he comes home—no matter what others may say or think.