James McLure's Lone Star Begins Off-Broadway Revival November 25 | Playbill

Off-Broadway News James McLure's Lone Star Begins Off-Broadway Revival November 25

Joe Rosario directs the Ruth Stage production.

James McLure's dark comedy Lone Star, produced by Ruth Stage, begins an Off-Broadway revival November 25. Joe Rosario directs the limited engagement, set to run through December 23.

Ruth Stage was granted permission by the McLure Estate to adapt Lone Star with elements from its sister play, Laundry and Bourbon, and the unpublished 1980's Lone Star screenplay, which had been set for a film starring Sigourney Weaver that didn't come to fruition.

Lone Star is set in the cluttered backyard of a small-town Texas bar. Roy, battling PTSD after a hitch in Vietnam, is back in town with his brother Ray. Lone Star offers a study of Texas "good ole boys," the depths of brotherhood, and the scars to be dealt with from battles fought at home and abroad. 

The cast includes Ana Isabelle, Matt de Rogatis, Ryan McCartan, and Dan Amboyer.

Lone Star is a hidden gem of a play that we felt compelled to re-introduce to New York City audiences. There are so many parallels between the post-Vietnam era and now, that mounting a production could not be ignored,” says director Rosario. “We started publicly workshopping our vision of Lone Star in 2017, finding ways to bridge the characters and stories with added elements from the Vietnam War. With permission from the McLure Estate, we’ve now added Laundry and Bourbon’s central character of Elizabeth to Lone Star, where she haunts us with siren songs from the time paired alongside the ripping dialogue."

Visit Ruthstage.org.

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