If you’re from around these parts – or even if you’re just visiting – you know that life in East Texas can be pretty colorful. Yes, the so-called Pine Curtain could be the setting for all sorts of fictional foibles. The playwrights who penned Pretty, Texas, knew that. That would be Dana Goolsby and Gerry Goodwin, locals who used their insiders’ knowledge of our particular region’s quirks and eccentricities to create this spirited comedy that’s sure to bring laughs the size of Texas. Don’t miss this unforgettable production, showing at Palestine’s historic Texas Theatre May 11 through May 13, 2018.
The play features Wilma, Jean, Peggy, Gertie, and Scarlett Murphy as they prepare for the Possum Festival in their hometown of Pretty, Texas. While Scarlett goes for the crown, Gertie has her mind set on marrying local taxidermist Bobby Ray. The fast-paced plot, fun performances, and witty dialogue will keep you laughing as the Murphy women take on some unusual dilemmas and weather their big weekend onstage.
Behind the Curtain
Playwrights Goolsby and Goodwin will direct the premiere performance of Pretty, Texas, at the historic Texas Theatre, and the proceeds will go toward completing the grand showplace’s doors and façade. The show’s run kicks off with a complimentary opening night reception at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 11, followed by the play at 7:30 p.m. The remaining two shows are Saturday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 13, at 2 p.m. Tickets are available online.
Home of the Palestine Community Theatre, the Texas Theatre is a Spanish Colonial architectural gem that opened in 1930 as a movie showplace and serves today as the area’s premier place for live theater productions like Pretty, Texas. It’s located at 213 West Crawford in Palestine, Texas.
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