Opening this Thursday, RU’s Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance presents Laundry and Bourbon, written by James McLure and directed by Annika Huey. Annika is a senior Theatre major who directed Laundry and Bourbon as her capstone project.

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, sipping bourbon and Coke, and gossiping about the many open secrets which are so much a part of small-town life. 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 he is unfaithful, but he needs her, and she loves him. And she’ll be waiting for him when he comes home—no matter what others may say or think.

Evening performances of Laundry and Bourbon will be Thursday and Saturday, December 6th and 8th at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance on December 9th at 2:00 p.m. All productions take place in the Lab Theatre on campus. Tickets are $5 for everyone. To purchase tickets online, visit For more information, call (248) 218-2149 or e-mail