Its inhabitants are determined to keep their cinder blocks firmly planted despite the threat of encroaching annexation. They figure they have three options: secede from the county, secede from the state or secede from the United States, every Texan’s hard-wired desire.
“Doublewide, Texas” opens at the newly renovated Adobe Theater on Thursday, Jan. 18. Written by Jesse Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten (“The Savannah Sipping Society”), it runs on weekends through Feb. 11.
“They don’t want to pay property taxes,” director Georgia Athearn said. “There’s a landowner who lives nearby who considers them trailer trash. He just tries to make their lives miserable.”
It might have something to do with life-sized, illuminated Nativity scene that glows year-round.
“When the rehearsals first started, it was hard to get through them because everyone was laughing so hard,” Athearn said.
Joveeta has had it up to here because she’s been passed over for a promotion in favor of a man. She fights an ongoing battle to keep her feisty mother, Caprice, out of the local bar and worries her good-ol’-boy brother, Baby Crumpler, is taking his role in a womanless beauty pageant way too seriously. Georgia Dean is struggling to keep her diner and finances afloat and can’t stop taking in every stray cat, possum and armadillo that wanders by. Big Ethel feels continuously frustrated by her clients at the Stairway to Heaven Retirement Village, as well as her mule-headed husband, O.C., who shows more affection for his Barcalounger than for his wife.
“Then a mysterious young girl shows up nine months pregnant,” Athearn said. “There’s a traitor in their midst.”
So grab your Stetson and lacquer your hair and watch these friends, enemies and neighbors fight the threat of being swallowed up by “the big guys.”