LaFrance Cleaners and The Youngstown Playhouse have been neighbors on Glenwood Ave. for many years. So, when Youngstown Playhouse president, Dr. John Cox, disclosed that their upcoming production of “Harry’s Friendly Service”, makes mention of LaFrance we decided it would be fun to become a sponsor. We were really excited when we learned that not only is our business mentioned in this Youngstown-themed show, but that we are the only one still in business today.
This will be the Ohio premiere of Youngstown native Rob Zellers’ play. “Harry’s Friendly Service” takes place at a gas station near the downtown riverfront in 1977 and makes reference to several Youngstown icons including Idora Park, Lazar’s Market, Raver’s Restaurant and LaFrance Cleaners.
The show is directed by Pat Foltz, with Jack Ballantyne serving as stage manager. The cast members are Matthew Mazuroski, Lynn Nelson Rafferty, Bill Rees, Chuck Simon, John Cox, Anthony Genovese and Carly Genovese.
All performances will be held at Ford Auditorium in Bliss Hall on the YSU campus. In conjunction with “Harry’s Friendly Service,” the Playhouse will be offering a new series of events at its Playhouse Lane location entitled “Youngstown: Forged in Steel,” a three-evening celebration of Youngstown history and culture at 6 PM on March 7, 8 and 9. Admission is $5 at the door each night.
Performances of “Harry’s Friendly Service” are scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays, March 3, 4, 10 and 11, at 7:30 pm, and Sundays, March 5 and 12, at 2:30 pm. For reservations, please call the Youngstown Playhouse at 330-788-8739 or visit the website at www.theyoungstownplayhouse.com