"Howlingly funny." - Variety
"The audience all but exploded the theatre with laughter."
- New York Post
"A whale of a funny evening." - Houston Post
"Hilarious, a tribute to the art of acting." - Washington Post
"Sharp, satiric & funny."
- The New Yorker
The Rose Center's Prater Hall
Sept 21, 22, 28 & 29 at 8:00 PM
Sept 23 & 30 at 2:00 PM
By Ed Howard, Joe Sears & Jaston Williams
What do Arles Struvie, Thurston Wheelis, Aunt Pearl, Petey Fisk, Phineas Blye, and Rev. Spikes have in common? In this hilarious send-up of small-town morals and mores, they are all among the upstanding citizens of Tuna, Texas.
Greater Tuna is the hilarious comedy about Texas' third smallest town, where the Lion's 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, 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. Two actors, twenty characters, and a barrel of laughs, y’all.
Greater Tuna (which began as a simple party skit based on a political cartoon more than 40 years ago in Austin, Texas) was originally produced in 1981 in Austin, Texas by its authors, Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard. The play’s stars, Williams and Sears, played all twenty characters, and Howard directed. One year after its premiere, Greater Tuna opened Off Broadway, ran for over a year, and went on to tour major theaters all over America and spots overseas for the next thirty-some years, becoming one of the most produced plays in American theatre history.
Encore Theatrical Company’s production of “Greater Tuna” is proudly made possible by Heartland Title Services, Litz Turf Farms, First TN Foundation/FTB Advisors, Citizen Tribune, Lakeway Dermatology, JTEKT, Sykes, Tarr Chevrolet, WCRK/WMTN Radio and Walters State Community College.