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Directed by Bill Gabelhausen

In a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, the swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries the gentle millworker, Julie Jordan. Billy loses his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant and, desperately intent upon providing a decent life for his family, he is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent 'up there.' Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day fifteen years later, and he encounters the daughter he never knew. She is a lonely, friendless teenager, her father's reputation as a thief and bully having haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. Show dates and location remain the same.

February 25-28, Mainstage Theater

We are thrilled to be able to offer tickets to the community at large for this production. Ticket costs are $10/adult, $5 for student/senior, and Piedmont faculty, staff and students are free. In order for us to maintain social distance in seating, you must call the box office at 706-778-8500 X1355 to order tickets. Our COVID prevention procedures will be in place for this performance so everyone is required to wear masks and a temperature check will be administered prior to entering the building.

1959 Pink Thunderbird

Directed by John Spiegel

James McClure’s 1959 Pink Thunderbird, a combination of two one-act plays, examines the lives of small-town Texas during the post-Vietnam era. This unique theatre experience begins with the one-act play Laundry and Bourbon, which explores the lives of three women - Elizabeth, Hattie, and Amy Lee. They meet daily on the front porch to fold laundry, sip bourbon, and discuss the local gossip. On this particular day, the gossip about Elizabeth’s husband could send her world spinning, but through her bitter humor we witness her inner strength and her quiet understanding of the turmoil which has beset her husband since his return from Vietnam.

In Lone Star, the one-act play comprising the second half of 1959 Pink Thunderbird, we meet Roy, Ray, and Cletis, the men of this same, small-town Texas neighborhood. Set in the backyard of a local bar, Roy is back in town after serving in Vietnam and regaling Ray, his younger brother, with his military exploits. Enter Cletis with news that turns everyone’s world upside down, and hilarity ensues. This look at small-town life is sure to bring a smile of recognition to everyone’s face.

April 15th-18th, Mainstage Theater