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