St. Croix Festival Theatre opens “Lone Star Spirits” on Friday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. – only the third staged performance of the play.  Though set in a small town in Texas, “Lone Star Spirits” is written by local Minnesota playwright Josh Tobiessen who shares a little of where the inspiration came from: “I was living in Texas at the time of writing this because my wife (Sarah Rasmussen, artistic director of The Jungle Theatre in Minneapolis) got a job at the University of Texas at Austin. We had been living in Texas for three years so at the time that I wrote this I thought I was going to be in Texas from here on out, so I decided to set the play, you know, down in Texas. Texas is a fun place storytelling-wise cause it’s in a sense a real Americana kind of place. America turned up to 11. But also in Texas, there’s the dichotomy that the play works with the rural versus urban – like urban dwellers and the people who never left their hometown. Comedy enables you to deal with issues without picking a side. When I’m writing a play I’m dealing with a question and try to deal with the question through the characters. Not trying to answer it, just trying to look at it from all sides.” Lone Star Spirits opens Friday, April 13. Tickets are $26 for adults and $13.50 for students or youth ages 5-25 and can be purchased at FestivalTheatre.org, emailing festivaltheatreboxoffice@gmail.com or by calling the box office at 715-483-3387.  Shown is Josh Tobiessen. – Photo submitted