Andrew K. Russell directs Justin Barnette and Brian Letchworth, who inhabit over 20 of the unique characters from the beloved Texas town. A Tuna Christmas! will run through Dec. 21 at the Brooklyn venue.
"I remembered our local theater back in Indiana doing all the Tuna plays and thought to myself, 'why not return to this tiny Texas town for a spell?'" said director Russell in a statement. "I forgot how funny the plays were and then re-read this script and couldn't stop myself from laughing out loud. The challenge of directing two actors playing over 20 roles was also appealing."
Press notes for the sequel to Greater Tuna, created by Ed Howard, Joe Sears and Jaston Williams, read, "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, the voracious Joe Bob Lipsey's production of A Christmas Carol is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills."
A Tuna Christmas! has set design by Edward Morris, costume design by Dawn Luna, lighting design by Maureen Hanratty and sound design by Mat Bussler.
For further information or to purchase tickets, call (718) 595-0547 or visit www.galleryplayers.com The Gallery Players is located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, at 199 14th Street. Those in Manhattan can reach the theatre by taking the F train to 4th Avenue or the R train to 9th Street.
The Gallery Players, a Brooklyn theatrical institution, boasts numerous Broadway folk among its alumni, including Harvey Fierstein (A Catered Affair, Hairspray, Torch Song Trilogy), Jennifer Barnhart (Avenue Q), Manoel Felciano (Sweeney Todd), Diedre Goodwin (A Chorus Line, Chicago), Seth Rudetsky (Seth’s Broadway Chatterbox), Garrett Long (The Spitfire Grill) and John Rando (director of Broadway's Urinetown and The Wedding Singer).