Lakewood Theatre Company presents: Greater Tuna, July 12 - August 18, 2013
Join us in meeting the fine citizens of Greater Tuna as Lakewood Theatre kicks off summer with the rollicking comedy Greater Tuna, the hilarious comedy about Texas' third smallest town, where the Lions Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The eclectic band of citizens that make up this town are portrayed by only two performers (Jay Randell Horenstein and Gary Brickner-Schulz), making this satire on life in rural America even more delightful as they depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna -- men, women, children and animals.
Greater Tuna, written by Jaston Williams, Ed Howard and Joe Sears, is directed by Steve Knox. Lakewood’s production opens Friday, July 12 and continues until August 18 with the following performance schedule: Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 7:00 PM (July 14, 21 and 28) and Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM (July 21, August 4, 11 and 18. The show sponsor is The Lakewood Center Associates.
Special offer: On Saturday July 13 or Sunday July 14, see the show at a discounted price for a promotion we’re calling “Two-Can Tuna” tickets. See the show for $25 and a donation of two cans of tuna (or any two cans of food). Items collected will be donated to the Oregon Food Bank. Contact the Lakewood Theatre Box Office at 503-635-3901 directly for this offer. All other tickets many be ordered by phone at 503-635-3901 or order securely online at www.lakewood-center.org
Click below to see a short promo video clip:
The Story: Set in the fictitious "third-smallest town" in Texas, Greater Tuna features two veteran local actors, Jay Randell Horenstein and Gary Brickner-Schulz as the hosts of a local live radio show. During the course of the play, the two actors don wigs, dresses and various costumes to play more than twenty different characters. Citizens of Tuna call in to the show to debate the important news of the day: the homeless duck population, the Polynesian-themed production of My Fair Lady at the high school, and the recent UFO sightings, among others.
Scenic design for Lakewood’s production is by Chris Whitten, costume design is by Margaret Louise Chapman and lighting design is by Kurt Herman. The stage manager is Michael DeMaio, Hair design is by Jane Holmes, technical director is Kurt Herman and the producer is Kay Vega.
History of the Play:
The show began in Austin, Texas in 1981 as a simple party skit based on a political cartoon. Talented creators Joe Sears, Jaston Williams and Ed Howard were the imaginative authors that parlayed the sketch into a critically acclaimed production which has entertained audiences across the country ever since. The early tour dates found an instant audience coast to coast as the show played to packed houses in San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston and Hartford before original stars Joe Sears and Jaston Williams found themselves performing Greater Tuna for over a year Off Broadway at Circle in the Square Theatre. This successful New York run led to an HBO special produced by Norman Lear which took the “Tuna” phenomenon to every household in America.
Although written and first performed over thirty years ago, the residents of Tuna could not be more up-to-date. Contemporary politicians and the Religious Right have put the basis for the comedy in Greater Tuna right back on the front pages of today's newspapers. Vera Carp is still leading the Smut Snatchers of the New Order in their campaign to clear the library shelves of dirty books like "Huckleberry Finn" and "Romeo and Juliet," Elmer Watkins speaks up for the KKK, Petey Fisk argues for animal rights, and a Celebrity Murder is on the front page of the papers. UFO Sightings? A Fat, Overbearing Talk Show Host? Celebrity Murder? It's not this week’s cover for gossip magazines, it's Greater Tuna and it's back and funnier than ever!
For additional information and tickets, call the Lakewood Box Office at (503) 635-3901 or click here to order online.
Ticket prices are $32/adults and $30/seniors. Other discounts are available for students and groups. For additional information and tickets, call the Lakewood Box Office at (503) 635-3901 or click here to order online.