GREATER TUNA returns to Bass Hall!




Fort Worth, TexasGREATER TUNA, the hilarious hit comedy about the third smallest town in Texas where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies, is coming back to Fort Worth, this time with co-creator Jaston Williams sitting in the director’s chair.

Presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth, this brand-new reboot of GREATER TUNA makes its Fort Worth premiere at Bass Performance Hall March 29-30. Showtimes are 7:30pm. Tickets are $44-$99 and are on sale NOW!

Although the show was originally written and produced three decades ago, contemporary politicians and The Religious Right have put the basis of the uproariously hilarious GREATER TUNA 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 redneck agenda, Petey Fisk argues for animal rights, and a celebrity murder is on the front page. UFO Sightings? A Fat, Overbearing Talk Show Host? Celebrity Murder? It’s not the cover of Time – it’s GREATER TUNA!

This award-winning comedy is a funny, loving portrait of rural America – big hearts, small minds and all.

“One of the things I am proudest of was Greater Tuna being named `Play of the Century’ by Texas Monthly,” Williams says. “Some people tend to think of the shows as an act for Joe Sears and myself, but the reality is that Greater Tuna is a seriously constructed play produced all over the country with other actors. I know these characters when I see them and I see them in this wonderful cast we have decided to work with.”

With its humble beginnings at a Sixth Street cabaret in Austin in 1981, GREATER TUNA came from the minds of master comedians Jaston Williams and Joe Sears, along with original director Ed Howard. These imaginative authors parlayed the sketch into the critically-acclaimed production that has entertained audiences across the country.

Co-creator Jaston Williams directed this all-new tour, which stars new talent Ryan Bailey, Tim Leavon and Will Mercer. Thanks to lightning-quick costume changes, the three actors will portray all 21 of the show’s unforgettable characters: men, women, children and animals.

This fresh new take on GREATER TUNA reunites several members of the original design team, including Broadway designer Linda Fisher and sound designer Ken Huncovsky. The creative team is rounded out with lighting design by Ovation Award-winner Luke Moyer and scenic design by Michael Krauss.

To charge tickets by phone, call (817) 212-4280 in Fort Worth; 1-877-212-4280 (toll free) outside Fort Worth; or order online at Tickets are also available at the Bass Performance Hall ticket office at 525 Commerce Street. Ticket office hours: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For group sales, call 817-212-4248.

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