Musical, comedies on stage

KU's Kansas Summer Theatre season is under way with You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, a musical based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz, and two contemporary comedies, Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star, staged under the umbrella title 1959 Pink Thunderbird.

You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, plays at 8 p.m. July 14, 16, 20, and 22 in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre. The two Texas comedies will be staged at 8 p.m July 15, 21, and 23 in the Inge Theatre.

With its charming score and slice-of-life charm, the musical comedy was written with the full approval of Schulz, who died in February.

John Gronbeck-Tedesco, professor of theatre and film, is directing 1959 Pink Thunderbird, written by James McLure.

McLure's Lone Star was introduced at the new playwrights festival at the Actors Theater of Louisville, Ky. in 1979. Along with its companion piece, Laundry and Bourbon, it presents a comical portrait of Maynard, Texas.

Laundry and Bourbon is a good-old-girl back porch story of three women sipping sour mash whiskey and laughing themselves silly over the daily drudgery of life. While their men are carousing, the women are competing to get into the country club and, just like their husbands, are dreaming of the good old days and the pink Thunderbird convertible of their youth.

In Lone Star, Roy, who once owned the Thunderbird, is drinking Lone Star beer and reminiscing with his brother. Enter Cletis, a timid soul rising fast in Maynard business and society, who manages to interrupt the brothers' companionship and destroy the much-loved Thunderbird.

Tickets are on sale in the KU box offices. Reserved seat tickets for You're a Good Man Charlie Brown are $14 forthe public, $13 for senior citizens, $7 for high school/college students, and $4 for K-8 students. Tickets for Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star are $12 for the public, $11 for senior citizens, and $6 for all students.













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