By Michael Parker

May 10 - May 25

Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m.;                     Sunday matinees on Sunday, May 12 & 19  

Tickets $30; $25 for seniors (55 and up) and students

THE LONE STAR LOVE POTION by Michael Parker will open at Island ETC (East-End Theatre Company) on Friday, May 10th with performances continuing through Saturday, May 26th.   Mr. Parker and his wife Susan have written a multitude of American farces.  Mr. Parker first published THE AMOROUS AMBASSADOR in 1996, followed by THE SENSUOUS SENATOR in 1998, THE LONE STAR LOVE POTION in 1999, HOTBED HOTEL in 2000, THERE’S A BURGLAR IN MY BED and WHOSE WIVES ARE THEY ANYWAY? in 2002, WHO’S IN BED WITH THE BUTLER? in 2003, NEVER KISS A NAUGHTY NANNY in 2006, (adapted in 2018 to NO SEX PLEASE - IT'S CHRISTMAS) and a new and exciting play co-authored by Michael and his wife Susan, SIN, SEX & the CIA in 2006. At this point in his life, Michael stated, "I have had so much fun writing with Susan that I will never write alone again." Then followed, SEX PLEASE WE'RE SIXTY, WHAT IS SUSAN'S SECRET?, SEX PLEASE WE'RE SIXTY the MUSICAL, MONEY MATTERS, LOVE, LIES & the DOCTOR'S DILEMMA and their latest, SANDY TOES & SALTY KISSES. 

ETC is privileged to welcome Mr. and Mrs. Parker to our performance on Saturday, May 11th.  ETC’s board of directors will host a champagne reception and a meet and greet at intermission.  Mr. Parker will be available for questions at the end of the performance.  (Tickets for this special night are $35.00 with proceeds going directly into our programming budget. 

This uproarious farce is set in the late Edward Stancliffe’s Texas ranch home.  Under the supervision and hosting skills of Jarvis the butler (Alex Petty) and Melody the maid (Courtney Conrad-Hall), a group gathers in the sitting area of the estate for the reading of the will by Stancliffe’s attorney, Mr. Oakfield (Michael Wonio).  The group includes the deceased’s only living relative, his niece Patrice (Audra McHenry), her husband Michael (Bobby Hewitt), and the neighboring ranch owner Tammy Jo Harper (Kerri Foley).  At the end of the reading of the will, Jarvis reveals that Mr. Stancliffe had also left shares of a love potion to them.  This love potion does not affect the person who drinks it, but rather this powerful potion cause them to give off an almost imperceptible odor to the opposite sex – with devastatingly hilarious results!  When a severe rainstorm brings another guest, the ornithologist Mary Lou Winston (Ruth Rickman) seeking shelter informs them that the nearby creek is flooded and the roads are closed, the guests are all forced to stay overnight.  The guests begin to secretly test the love potion with a hoot a minute results! 

Christopher L. Pool directs this awesomely funny production.  Scenic designer is Thomas D. Boone, costume designer is Nancy Dougherty, and lighting designer is Lisa Miller.  Production stage manager is Allison O’Rourke.  

ETC does offer group rates for group of ten or more.  For information about group rates, please call the box office 409-762-3556. 


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