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2023-2024 Mainstage Season Series at William Woods concludes with one-act comedy “Laundry and Bourbon”  

The Mainstage Season Series returns to William Wood University(WWU) this week for the final production of the academic year, as the University’s drama department will present “Laundry and Bourbon.” This week’s stage production will begin with the opening performance on Thursday, April 18 at Dulany Auditorium on the WWU campus.

“Laundry and Bourbon” tells the tale of the discontent and very funny gossip of three small town wives whose marriages have turned out to be less than they had 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 whiling away the time folding laundry, watching TV and sipping bourbon and Coca-Cola. 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 his unfaithful, but he needs her, and she loves him. And she’ll be waiting for him when he comes home, no matter what the others may say or think.

“Laundry and Bourbon has the central theme of love surpassing every obstacle, with humor and quirkiness mixed in,” said Joe Potter, Artistic Director of the William Woods University Theatre Department. “Thanks to everyone in the community who came out to The Woods and made this a great year on stage in 2023-2024.”

Performances for Laundry and Bourbon will take place April 18 – 20 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee showing on Saturday, April 20 at 2 p.m., all in Dulany Auditorium. Parental Guidance is recommended. Tickets for the production ($5) must be purchased using a credit or debit card at Attendees must have their purchased ticket pulled up on their phone for admittance into the theatre. All seating is now in a general admission format.