Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2001

Auditions scheduled for 'Laundry and Bourbon'

The Juneau-Douglas Little Theatre is holding auditions for "Laundry and Bourbon" Saturday.

This one-act play by James McClure has parts for three women, ages 20 to 35. Auditions will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Palace Theatre, and actresses should bring a short prepared piece, two to four minutes in length. "Laundry and Bourbon" will open March 30 and run through April 7. JDLT also hopes to perform the play in Haines between April 18th and April 22nd at the annual ACTFEST regional theater competition .

The action of "Laundry and Bourbon" centers on the discontent and funny gossip of three small-town wives whose marriages have turned out to be less than was hoped for. 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 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.

For more information, or to schedule an alternate time for an audition, leave a message for Bill Hurr at 780-4370.

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