“Bluebonnet Road” is playwright Louise Richardson’s love letter to Central Texas, especially the area where my mother grew up. Details of her mother’s life, her family and the playwright’s life apprise the characters, songs and events portrayed in this musical. Our story begins in April of 1979, when Olive Trundle is prodded by her older son, Noah, an Austin singer/songwriter, to fulfill the will of her late father. He has written a letter asking the family to scatter his ashes on the family farm. However, the river was dammed a few years ago and the farm may now be under water. Joining them for the ride in Noah’s old pickup truck is Olive’s younger son, JoJo and JoJo’s girlfriend, Misty Strand. They arrive near the old farm and are required to borrow a friend’s pontoon boat and sail into the unknown in search of a landmark oak tree. They are caught in a raging storm and become stranded on an island in the rapidly rising river. When lightning damages the boat, they are forced to deal with one another. Secrets are revealed and each member of the troupe is compelled to adapt to an already highly charged and emotional situation. Together, they face the challenge of finding a way to get home again.
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