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A Tuna Christmas

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Jonathan Shadrach and Jeff Walters

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Jeff and Jonathan

photos by Iain MacAdam

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The Fifth Show of Our 37th Season

A Tuna Christmas

A Madcap Comedy Riot!

by Jaston Williams, Ed Sears and Ed Howard

Nov 22 thru Dec 31, 2013

We are pleased to present The Odd Couple (Female Version), Neil Simon's most famous and renowned comedy, now reinvented from a different perspective, as the ladies take over the juicy roles of the famously mismatched couple, with especially hilarious results and giving this contemporary classic a whole new life! This time messy Olive and neat-freak Florence are the mismatched roommates who, against all odds, try to live together and that's when disaster strikes and the fun begins! As things go from bad to worse, the hilarity multiplies and laughter abounds! Add to this mix Simon's tWe are pleased to ring in the holidays with A Tuna Christmas, an hilarious and affectionate, spot-on satire of small-town life and attitudes during Christmastime. The funniest aspect and major feat is that just two talented and quick-changing actors remarkably play the entire cast of 22 delightfully eccentric characters from Tuna, Texas, both male and female of varying ages, involving a multitude of outlandish costumes! It's Christmas Eve in the third smallest town in Texas, where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies! The local radio station personalities report that the town is abuzz with news of a mysterious "Christmas Phantom" vandalizing decorations and other Yuletide turmoil and traumas, causing events to quickly spin out of control! It's a fast-paced, wildly funny holiday adventure!

Some of the colorful and zany characters you'll meet are the disc jockeys at the local radio station, the woman owner of the used weapons store who loves guns almost as much as chain smoking, a mischievous grandmother, a UFOlogist, a former lady-riveter during WWII, an absent-minded sheriff, the victim of a tragic flameshooter incident, the town snob and acting leader of the Smut-Snatchers of the New Order, a flamboyant little theatre director and a waitress at the Tasty-Creme Restaurant. It's amazing how just two actors bring all these characters to life, every time one actor leaves the stage he comes back as someone else but it never seems forced and seems completely seamless and natural; in fact, when a character disappears backstage and the same actor comes on as someone else, we think the first character is still around someplace!

This play is the second is a series of irreverent comedies by the authors Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, the first being Greater Tuna.

"A laugh-out-loud hoot...fast-paced...elaborate costume changes...the actors are terrific and turn in bravura performances in multiple roles...and are obviously having a lot of fun!" — Joan Crowder, The Cambrian and The Tribune, Nov 28, 2013. To read the full review, click here.

"The hilarity never lets up!" — The Village Voice

"Far too good for just Christmas" — New York Post

The two very gifted actors playing the entire cast of male and female characters, mostly female, are Jonathan Shadrach and Jeff Walters. Jeff has most recently been seen on our stage in The Skin of Our Teeth and The Grand Manner. For Jonathan, this is his debut with the Plough, while he has recently been seen in Incorruptible at San Luis Obispo Little Theatre and previously in Almost Maine at Allied Arts Center For the Arts in Cambria. The director is Jill Turnbow, who was last seen on the Plough stage as Amanda in The Glass Menagerie, previously appearing on our stage in It Had To Be You, Laundry and Bourbon, Moonlight and Valentino, and Barefoot in the Park; and previously directing at the Plough Lone Star and The Vagina Monologues.