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April 11, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU theater students prepare two, one-act James McCure comedies

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's theatre department will offer two comic masterpieces by James McClure "Laundry and Bourbon" and "Lonestar" at 7:30 p.m., April 15, and April 27-May 1, with a 2 p.m. matinee April 25.

The shows will be presented in the Multi-Purpose Room of the University Union.

David Skeele, SRU theatre professor, is directing both plays.

"Laundry and Bourbon" offers a wistful cruise through 1970's life in a flyspeck Texas town. The work provides an afternoon in the life of the women of Maynard, Texas, as Elizabeth tries to hold fast to the love of her husband when the town gossip turns her world upside-down.

In "Lone Star," it's the men's turn, as Elizabeth's husband, Roy, and his addle-brained brother, Ray, spend an uproarious drunken evening trying to make sense of their lives.

"I'm really excited about getting to give our audiences some fairly light comedy,"

Skeele said, "especially at the end of the semester, when everyone is a little frazzled."

"Of course," he adds, "the plays have some substance, too. They're really about

male-female relationships, and the idea that when we live in the past, we run the risk of seriously damaging our present. But make no mistake, they are really, really funny!"

The cast includes Zach Frye, a theatre major from Beaver Falls, as Roy; Karter Schachner, a music major from Pittsburgh, as Ray; Cole Vecchio, a theatre major from Bradford, as Cletis; Meg Rodgers, a psychology major from Bruin, as Elizabeth; Kaitlin Cliber, an art education major from Plum, as Hattie; and Ally Kryl, a theatre major from Slippery Rock, as Amy Lee. Michael Boone is technical director.

Kyle Andreas, a theatre major from Bethlehem, is the stage manager; Becca McGann, a theatre and music major from Berwick, and Anthony Plumberg, a theatre and management major from Denver, are the assistant stage managers; Alex Barnhart, a theatre major from Butler, is the scenic designer; Kyle Wiltraut, a theatre major from Hershey, is the lighting designer; Samantha Kuchta, a theatre and communication major from Lower Burrell, is the properties mistress; Kayla Boulton, a theatre major from Youngstown, Oh., is the costume designer; and Malic Williams, a theatre major from Aliquippa, is the public relations manager.

Tickets are $12 general admission, and $7 for students. Advance tickets are available from the Smith Student Center Information Desk and one hour before curtain at the University Union Box Office.

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