Greater Tuna
 by Ed Howard, Joe Sears, and Jaston Williams
 Huron Playhouse, Huron, Ohio
 July 2012

Greater Tuna is a comedy of nearly cult status, the original play whose success has resulted in three spinoffs: A Tuna Christmas, Red, White and Tuna, and Tuna Does Vegas). The play's structure consists of two-person sketches that portray people in an imaginary and very small town in Texas. Much of the comedy in the show is derived not only from the clever satire of the small-town (and small-minded) south, but also from casting, where two male actors play all the quirky characters, of all ages, genders, social status, and so on.

 For this production at Ohio's Huron Playhouse, the cast consisted of two stalwart Playhouse alumni, Jim Williams and Geoff Stephenson, both accomplished actors and professors at midwestern universities. It was the seventh show I directed there since 1992.

Still performed by the original creative team and toured throughout the US, Greater Tuna is often performed on a very modest stage setting. However, for our production, more attention was paid to creating a vivid environment through the visual and sound design. Conceptually, I did feel that as the play is largely about quick costume changes, that the costume racks should be visible to the audience they were integrated into the set as if hung to dry on barbed wire, and gradually disappeared as the play progressed.

     

     

 

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