The fourth play in a series of popular comedies about the daffy, insular residents of Tuna, TX (the third-smallest town in the Lone Star State), has been announced for San Diego, CA (May 5-10, 2009 at the Balboa Theatre), and San Antonio, TX (Nov. 11-16, 2008, at the Majestic Theatre), with more markets to follow. It will play Bass Hall in Ft. Worth, TX, sooner rather than later — Casa Manana presents a run of it there March 25-30.
"Starring the dynamic duo, Jaston Williams and Tony Award nominated Joe Sears, your favorite citizens of the 'third smallest town in Texas' are back in their first new show in ten years," according to an announcement from Broadway in San Diego. "Tuna Does Vegas takes Arles, Bertha, Petey and all your favorites from Tuna, Texas to sin city. What happens in Vegas won't stay in Vegas this time! The most hilarious Tuna yet is breaking box office records across the country…"
Tuna Does Vegas has already had 2007 engagements in Galveston and Austin, TX.
The play comes after the success of Greater Tuna and its sequels, A Tuna Christmas and Red, White and Tuna. In Tuna Does Vegas, expect exotic dancers, rent-a-bridesmaids and Elvis impersonators in the two-actor quick-change comedy.
The collaborators hope that a Vegas sitdown might be in their future. Williams told the Austin American-Statesman, "After 27 years on the road, the thought that maybe we can get in a situation where we can just stay put and go to the same theatre every night, or just go out on the road for a three-week run at a time, is greatly appealing. We could all be very secure in that. The fact that we are producing this show ourselves gives us a certain freedom and flexibility to consider all kinds of possibilities." In 1985 Greater Tuna (written by Sears, Williams and Ed Howard) was the most-produced play in American theatres, including at amateur, professional Equity and school venues.
For more information visit www.greatertuna.com.