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Tuna Christmas, A - Full Length Play, Comedy

Tuna Christmas, A

Ed Howard, Joe Sears, Jaston Williams

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Full Length Play, Comedy

2m

ISBN: 9780573695377

"A hoot!" - The New York Times

"So funny it could make a racoon laugh affectionately at Davy Crockett...It's far too good for just Christmas." - The New York Post
"The hilarity...never lets up."- The Village Voice

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Christmas/Holiday

Settings Of Play - Tuna, Texas.

In this hilarious sequel to Greater Tuna, it's Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities, including hot competition in the annual lawn display contest. In other news, voracious Joe Bob Lipsey's production of "A Christmas Carol" is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills. Many colorful Tuna denizens, some you will recognize from Greater Tuna and some appearing here for the first time, join in the holiday fun. A Tuna Christmas is a total delight for all seasons, whether performed by two quick changing comedians as on Broadway or by twenty or more. Production requirements are minimal, making the play suitable for school and community producers as well as large venues. Audiences who have and who have not seen Greater Tuna will enjoy this laugh filled evening.
"A hoot!" - The New York Times

"So funny it could make a racoon laugh affectionately at Davy Crockett...It's far too good for just Christmas." - The New York Post
"The hilarity...never lets up."- The Village Voice

A TUNA CHRISTMAS was first presented on December 15, 1994 at the Booth Theater in New York City. It was directed by Ed Howard.
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CASTING

2m

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Expandable casting, Flexible casting

CASTING NOTES

In the original production of A TUNA CHRISTMAS, all the denizens of Tuna, Texas, were played by two actors. It is the opinion of the authors that this greatly increases the fun of the show; but it is recognized that individual producers may wish to expand the size of the cast.

THURSTON WHEELIS
ELMER WATKINS
BERTHA BUMILLER
R.R. SNAVELY
AUNT PEARL BURRAS
SHERIFF GIVENS
IKE THOMPSON
INITA GOODWIN
LEONARD CHILDERS
PHOEBE BURKHALTER
JOE BOB LIPSEY
ARLES STRUVIE
DIDI SNAVELY
PETEY FISK
JODY BUMILLER
CHARLENE BUMILLER
STANLEY BUMILLER
VERA CARP
DIXIE DEBERRY
HELEN BEDD
FARLEY BURKHALTER
GARLAND POTEET
Author(s)

Ed Howard

Ed Howard is the co-author of the plays “Greater Tuna”, “A Tuna Christmas”, “Red, White and Tuna”, “Tuna Does Vegas”, all published by Samuel French.  He also co-authored “Splendora” based on the novel by Edward Swift, and book and lyrics of the musicals “The Body Snatchers” and “Boy Problems”.  He is presently at work on the play “The Landscaper” about a conservative cul-de-sac ... view full profile

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Reviews
Nick Roberson 10/14/2015 7:50 AM
I have been in plays with Joe Sears and Jaston Williams, back in the seventies in San Antonio. So many of us in San Antonio and Texas have a special attachment to the Tuna franchise. A TUNA CHRISTMAS is an exceptional sequel to GREATER TUNA, but you need not be totally immersed in these off beat characters or Texas idiocy to enjoy Tuna as an actor or audience. It's a special play, it works as a Christmas story, but still stands on its own. After directing GREATER TUNA I approached one of the actors about doing the "Christmas version" because I was anxious to extend the experience from director to actor. It is challenging because anyone familiar with the play has probably seen one or more of the Tuna plays, very likely (in Texas) with the original cast. But the literature and characters are rich enough to allow interpretations of these folk beyond the iconic portrayals of the leads such as "Aunt Pearl" or "Vera Crump". There's a lot there.
Cody Dull 9/18/2015 4:59 PM
Music Brunetto 4/24/2013 5:10 PM
Taking place in the made up town of Tuna, Texas, A Tuna Christmas is both an homage and a satire of small town southern living during the holidays. A Tuna Christmas is the second in a trilogy of plays about the small town of Tuna, but it stands well on its own.

The major feat in this play is that there are only two actors in the entire production with each actor taking on about eleven different roles of varying ages and genders. The other crowning achievement is that this play is just so gol-darn funny!

Both actors take on highly comedic characters that are laughably stereotypical. One actor plays a mustached radio station host, a woman who loves guns almost as much as chain smoking, a young man who loves animals to his detriment, a couple different bratty teenagers, and a dramatic wealthy housewife to name a few. And the second actor takes on some memorable roles as a Klan leader, an overworked yet patient mother, a mischievous grandmother, an absent minded sheriff and a flamboyant theater director.

This isn’t your typical warm and fuzzy Christmas special as it can get racy at times but it is hilarious and a great show. It will bring glad tidings of great joy.

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