Jaston Williams's father was a cowboy, who did not in any way understand The Beatles when they first came on Ed Sullivan. "My father had a foaming at the mouth, complete nervous collapse. And he forbid me to enjoy it."
Just in time for Father's Day 2013, actor/playwright Williams is headed back to Galveston's Grand 1984 Opera House with his latest creation, Blame It on Valentine, Texas, a one-man play that dissects all things familial, some of which he culled from earlier efforts.
One piece deals with funerals. "There's nothing like a West Texas funeral, " Williams says. "After a funeral in the Panhandle you've had enough cholesterol from the covered dishes that you could lose two pall bearers." He also focuses on "the lady in my home town who was the angel of death. If you saw her coming up a sidewalk with a covered dish you'd know someone had died, she was always the first to find out."
Williams has been very popular in Galveston with earlier efforts (Camping With Gasoline and his Greater Tuna productions) and says "I love them right back. I've played theaters all over the country but the Grand is my favorite place to play. All the seats are good. And the people who run it are as good as it gets in the business."
Another piece is does is called "Killing Mama". "Which is about my family's experience in taking away the car keys from my 87- year-old mother."She was deaf, using a walker and legally blind and she was still driving."
" And she put up a fight. It was like the last month of the Civil War."
He also recounts his story about going to China to adopt his son, then age 7 which includes him being told - after noting the boy was very very loud - that he came "from the screaming part of China."
Performances of Blame It on Valentine, Texas are scheduled for 2 p.m. And 8 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at the Grand 1984 Opera House. For information call 1-800-821-1894 or visit thegrand.com. $25-$45.
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