South Whidbey Record


OutCast opens comedic journey with ‘Tuna’

November 8, 2012 · Updated 2:22 PM

“Greater Tuna” opens Friday, Nov. 9 and runs for two weekends at the Black Box Theater at the Island County Fairgrounds. / Photo courtesy of Outcast Productions


OutCast Productions in Langley presents “Greater Tuna,” the first in a series of four comedic plays, each set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas. The series was written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard and has since become somewhat of a cult hit in American theaters.

The show opens Friday, Nov. 9 at the Black Box Theater at the Island County Fairgrounds and runs until Sunday, Nov. 18.

On this day in Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas, life begins as it always does with Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie at the microphones of Radio OKKK, broadcasting at a whopping 275 watts. (Well, at least when they remember to turn the transmitter on.)

In the headlines that day is the winning entry in the American Heritage Essay Contest, titled “Human Rights, Why Bother?”

The comedy continues with Petey Fisk of the humane society talking about the duck problem and “Yippy,” the pet of the week.

Enter Phineas Blye, perpetual losing candidate for city council announcing he’s running again and revealing his plan to tax prisoners: “It would be easy, ’cause everyone knows where they are,” says Phineas.

Of course, a day in Tuna isn’t complete without the high school football report from coach Raymond Chassie, who explains why his football team lost 48-0: “We lost mainly because we couldn’t score.”

The day continues, as Tuna’s citizens parade across the stage in all their outrageous and irreverent glory, commenting on life, politics and what makes them (and sometimes us) tick.

The OutCast cast includes Gabe Harshman, Ethan Berkley and Lars Larson. K. Sandy O’Brien directs, Jeff Fisher created the sound and Alex Wren is the lighting designer.

The play runs for two weekends only at the Black Box Theater at the Island County Fairgrounds in Langley at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 9 to Nov. 18.

Tickets cost $16 for adults and $12 for seniors/students at www.brownpapertickets.com.

It’s a small theater with limited seats, and promoters encourage buying tickets in advance.


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