A Linked Pair of One-Act Comedies Combines to Tell a Hilarious and Moving Story

Bronx, NY –Center Stage Playhouse presents James McLure’s 1959 Pink Thunderbird Convertible, June 21-24, 2012.  Show times are Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 1pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm, in Mercy College’s French Family Auditorium, 1200 Waters Place, Bronx, NY (located in the Hutchison Metro Center).  Tickets range from $15-$18, but Center Stage Playhouse offers a special $5 ticket to Mercy College students, faculty, staff and alumni.  Tickets are available online at centerstageplayhouse.org or at the door.  Seats may be reserved by calling 347-789-7184. Group discounts are also available.
1959 Pink Thunderbird Convertible is a theatrical event comprising two linked one-act comedies by acclaimed playwright James McLure. Presented first is Laundry and Bourbon, directed by Ed Friedman. The year is 1975, and on a hot summer afternoon in Maynard, Texas, friends Elizabeth and Hattie sip bourbon and coke, watch TV, fold laundry, and gossip insatiably about the many secrets that form the fabric of small-town life. The peace is disrupted by the arrival of the self-righteous and unbearable Amy Lee Fullernoy, who has a secret of her own that threatens to turn Elizabeth’s world upside down.
In Lone Star, directed by Lisa Spielman, we are introduced to Elizabeth’s husband Roy, his brother Ray, and the luckless Cletis Fullernoy, in a boozy, loquacious comedy about three men groping clumsily towards adulthood behind an east Texas bar in the wake of the Vietnam War. Set adrift in 1975 America, they latch on to anything that might help make sense of their new reality: Mars Bars, Lone Star beer, a 1959 pink Thunderbird convertible, the power of memory. Employing a volatile mixture of guile, love, violence, and wit, the three men redefine their friendship and future amongst the beer crates, milk cartons and moonlight.
1959 Pink Thunderbird Convertible features Tal Aviezer, Michelle Brandt, Peter J. Lillo, Holland Renton, Lisa Spielman, and Ed Walsh. For more information, please visit centerstageplayhouse.org.
Center Stage Playhouse is a non-profit organization, providing quality theatrical entertainment by local talent since 1969.  The Theater consistently produces shows in the Bronx that rival those produced in the off-off Broadway theaters of Manhattan. CSP is located at Mercy College, 1200 Waters Place, Bronx, New York, 10461 and may be reached by phone 347.789.7184 or through the website: www.centerstageplayhouse.org