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A Peek at Small-town Life

When the theatre department performs "Greater Tuna," some of the characters in the play might resemble someone you know (or once knew a long time ago). "Greater Tuna" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7-9 in Pritchett Auditorium.

The unique band of citizens - the men, women, children and animals - that make up this town are portrayed by only two performers. A comedy about Texas' third smallest town, the play is a look at small-town Southern life and attitudes.

"Greater Tuna," which is one of the most produced plays in the United States, was created by Joe Sears, Jaston Williams and Ed Howard. When it was first performed, it found an instant audience coast to coast as it played to packed houses in San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston and Hartford. It was also performed as the highlight of Scotland's famed Edinburgh Festival in 1988. "Tuna" was performed twice at the White House, once in 1990 and again the following year.

The play has been so popular that over the years it has spawned sequels: "A Tuna Christmas," "Red, White and Tuna" and "Tuna Does Vegas."

Faculty and staff receive two free tickets, which may be picked up at the box office, to the performance.

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