Ellenville's Shadowland Theatre, in New York State's mid-Hudson Valley, celebrates Independence Day by revving up a1959 Pink Thunderbirdfueled with two comic one-acts by James McLure, running July 4-27.
1959 Pink Thunderbird's Act One unfolds Laundry & Bourbon, in which three Texan women gossip, sip bourbon and while away the time on Elizabeth and Roy's porch. Act Two shines with Lone Star,wherein Roy returns from Vietnam to discover all is not as he left it in those 1959-Pink-Thunderbird days.
Lone Star was originally produced at Actors' Theatre of Louisville, and joined by Bourbon a shortly after when the two premiered on a double-bill at NJ's McCarter Theatre.
The season continues with Forever Plaid, Stuart Ross and James Raitt's national cabaret juggernaut, featuring four-part harmonies, crew cuts and a tribute to the Ed Sullivan Show (Aug. 1-24. , and closes with Athol Fugard's Valley Song (Aug. 29-Sept. 14).
This will be the 13th year for Shadowland Theatre, its third as an Equity house. Artistic Director Bill Lelbach told Playbill On-Line he saves money by designing and building the season's sets himself. He generally chooses shows for the season by selecting two cornerstone plays and filling the rest of the season around them. Lelbach says, "An Equity theatre in a small town requires doing what you can with available labor. I basically work myself to death!"
For tickets and information on 1959 Pink Thunderbird at the call (914) 647-5511.