The American Legion in Logansport is bringing a bit of Broadway to Burlington Avenue this weekend.
A production company from Lafayette will be heading in to perform a beef-and-boards style dinner theater production on the stage of the Legion’s family room Saturday. It’s all part of the organization’s efforts to provide more family events as it works to continue to be what its leader describes as a charitable asset to the community.
Lafayette-based Retro Act Productions will be putting on “Here Lies Jeremy Troy,” by Jack Sharkey. The title character is an up-for-partnership lawyer who gets blackmailed by a friend from law school who discovers his law degree is a fraud the very night his boss comes over for dinner. To make matters worse, Troy’s wife leaves him that night, forcing him to hire a model as a replacement, which backfires upon his spouse’s return.
Jim Stokes, now in his second term as commander of the local Legion, said the play is one part of his plan to resurrect the former reputation of the organization.
“I’m trying to get things rolling again like they used to in the old days,” he said, adding he hopes to make beef-and-boards events a staple at the venue and that he has booked musical acts, charity drives and other events through August.
He went on to recall those old days, when the building would draw crowds for the bands and dances it hosted.
“They had something going on here every weekend,” he said.
Saturday will mark the first time he has ever heard of the Legion hosting a theatrical production. Stokes said he got the idea from the popularity of similar events throughout the region.
“I know there’s people locally that go all the way to Indy and Lafayette and are always talking about what a great thing beef-and-boards style dinners are,” Stokes said. “We have this facility here, so why not give it a try.”