The Lyric Live Theatre will presenting an original play this weekend by local playwright Greg Story, titled, “In Search of Guadalajara,” which Story said is the first play he's decided to set in Missouri.
A comedy, the show features a man named Jake Littlefield, whom Story describes as “a man on a quest.” Littlefield encounters car troubles and is forced to spend several days stuck in a small town in Missouri. According to Story, the town, like Jake himself, has seen better days. During his stay, Jake learns about small town life through the telling of tall tales of the past and present in Dixie’s Diner, the only place in town where you can get a hot breakfast.
Story said the play is inspired by the travels he and his wife have taken as they drive or hike around Missouri, encountering different scenes which he said carry a lot of weight.
“I spend a lot of time driving out in the country,” he said. “A lot of little towns in Missouri are pretty dead. They used to have a Main Street and businesses and most of them are dead. I wanted to tell that story; I wanted to tell the story of a town that had seen better days.
There’s a lot of little towns out there that have beautiful one-block downtown areas, and all the businesses are gone. You know those used to be vibrant little places….that’s one of the big influences.”
Despite this heavy theme, Story assures audience members that “In Search of Guadalajara” is indeed a comedy, although he reminds us that comedies “don’t always have to be quirky little things.”
“There’s some funny stories but there’s a serious side,” Story said.
The play runs on May 18, 19, 25 and 26. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the play begins at 7 p.m. The Historic Lyric Live Theater is located at 117 1st Street in beautiful downtown Newburg, Missouri. Admission is free, with donations to the theater gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be served at intermission at the historic Houston House.
The cast of the show will be Bob Robinson, Carrolyn Bolin, Lisa Story, Greg Story, Dean Smith, Katie Roberts, Maxwell Murphy, and Anne Carroll.