In junior high, Jaston Williams was in a Boy Scout troop whose members smoked, drank and slept late. He’s included their most outrageous episodes in Camping with Gasoline, scheduled for the middle of June at Galveston’s The Grand 1894 Opera House.
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But don’t expect a searing teenage drama. The same actor/writer known for his Greater Tuna productions has gone back to his early years, seen through a lens of humor, and developed a one-act that will be world-premiered in two performances.
“This Boy Scout troop was a great group. It was the ‘60s, The Beatles, all of that stuff was just happening. There was a kind of a revolution going on even down in junior high. We marched to a different tom-tom,” he says, adding: “I’m still in touch with a lot of these guys. We’ve only had one go to prison; we haven’t had any go to Congress, so we feel like we did pretty good.”
The family Christmas is another focus of the play, says Williams, who grew up in the Texas Panhandle. His father’s family were Westerners, his mother was from the South. He compares their relationship to Robert Mitchum meeting Scarlett O’Hara. “So at Christmas time it could get real crazy.” Williams was still working through last-minute script changes as we talked with him. “The show is about boyhood, seen through my personal experience as a boy and as a father.”
2 and 8 p.m. 2020 Postoffice Street, Galveston. For information, call 800-821-1894 or visit www.thegrand.com.
Sat., June 16, 2 & 8 p.m., 2012