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Entire Citizenry of Tuna, Texas Returns to Charlottesville in Show Featuring Two Actors, 23 Characters and More Holiday Hilarity Than You Can Shake a Mistletoe At

July 15-17 and August 2-5

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – July 6, 2010 – If you think your holiday season is crazy and chaotic…well, you’ve never been to Tuna, Texas.

Last year the fine folks of Tuna put a charge in the July 4th festivities with Red, White and Tuna.  This year they are turning their attention to holiday hilarity of another kind with A Tuna Christmas, which opens at Culbreth Theatre on July 15.

The show will once again feature two talented actors playing all 23 residents of Tuna as they seek out the answers to such burning questions as: Will Vera Karp continue her stranglehold on the annual Tuna Yard Decorating Contest and beat out her neighbors for a 16th straight year? Or is the whole contest in jeopardy due to the mysterious Christmas Phantom?  And will the town theater’s production of “Charlie” Dickens A Christmas Carol survive the edits from the town censors AND its unpaid electric bills to even make it to its opening night?

A Tuna Christmas, written by Ed Howard, Joe Sears and Jaston Williams, directed by William Howard Rough, and starring Evan Bridenstine and J.P. Scheidler, will run from July 15-17 and August 2 & 5. Shows will be presented at 7:30PM each evening, and there will be a 2PM matinee performance on Saturday, July 17th. Tickets for the show are $25 for adults, $21 for seniors (60+) and U.Va. faculty and staff, and $15 for students. Season and single show tickets are now available at the U.Va. Arts Box Office in the Culbreth Theatre building, online at www.uvahtf.org or by calling 434-924-3376.

“Evan and J.P. are incredibly talented people,” Rough said. “They are a pleasure to work with and come up with ideas all the time. My job with the show is basically to stay out of their way as much as I can help myself. We all pop up ideas. They have so much fun and give me a great deal of fun as well.”

The play, written as the sequel to the original Greater Tuna, is full of outlandish characters, Rough said. Yet they are still characters with which audiences can identify. “It’s really fun. It’s oddball people in this little town, of all shapes and sizes, male and female and young and old, crotchety and happy…the whole gamut of human experience. I think in these very funny people we kind of find ourselves as well.”

Even, Rough said, in the characters’ more extreme sides. “As obnoxious as some of them are, we see the obnoxious side of ourselves. It’s just great fun to identify with all kinds of comic extremes.”

The 2010 Heritage Theatre Festival Season will continue with Neil Simon’s classic comedy Barefoot in the Park, which comes to the Culbreth from July 22-24 and August 3 and 6. The season will conclude with the wildly popular word-jumbled comedy, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which runs at the Culbreth from July 29-31 and August 4 and 7.

For complete ticket and schedule information or to order your tickets today, visit www.uvahtf.org or call the box office at 34-924-3376.

Press photos are available at http://www.virginia.edu/heritagetheatre/pressCenter.htm

Heritage Theatre Festival Publicist-
John Kelly
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