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VGCC Students Present Pair of Comedies

Vance-Granville Community College drama students will stage two one-act comedies back to back, Thursday, Nov. 12 through Sunday, Nov. 15. The plays, “Laundry and Bourbon” and “Lonestar,” were written by James McLure as companion pieces.

The show, consisting of both plays, will be performed on Nov. 12 and Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m., and finally on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. All performances are in the small auditorium in Building 2 on the college’s main campus in Henderson.

According to VGCC Theatre Arts/Speech instructor Betsy Henderson, the audience will first be introduced to three female characters in “Laundry and Bourbon,” while “Lonestar” is from the perspective of male characters in the same fictional setting. “So it is kind of a ‘He said- She said,’” Henderson explained.

“Laundry and Bourbon” is set on a hot summer afternoon in 1974. Elizabeth, Hattie, and Amy Lee are folding laundry, drinking, gossiping, and exchanging insults while awaiting Elizabeth’s wayward husband, Roy, who hasn’t been the same since his return from Vietnam. “Lonestar” finds the aforementioned Roy, having returned from Vietnam, now in the cluttered backyard of a small-town Texas bar. Joined by his younger brother Ray, Roy sets out to consume some Lonestar beer and relive his tales of war and women. With the arrival of Cletis, a local appliance store owner and Roy’s nemesis, the underpinnings of Roy’s world begin to collapse. But, despite all, the good humor of the play never lapses, and all ends as breezily and happily as it began.

The cast of “Laundry and Bourbon” includes Amber Gupton of Henderson, Amy Hann of Oxford and Cassandra Nida of Littleton, while “Lonestar” features Patrick Nethercutt of Oxford, Nicholas Henderson of Oxford and Eric Stockinger of Henderson. The student production crew consists of Samer Jizi and Chris Todd, both of Oxford, Modjeska Thrower of Vance County and Meaghan Johnson of Henderson. Instructor Betsy Henderson directs both plays.

Admission is $10 for the general public, and $5 for VGCC students, faculty and staff. Tickets may be purchased at the door. For more information, call Betsy Henderson at (252) 738-3371.

Above: From left, VGCC students Cassandra Nida of Littleton and Amber Gupton of Henderson rehearse a scene from “Laundry and Bourbon.” (VGCC photo)