Veteran Comedic Actors Bring Greater Tuna to Life in Placerville
Imagination Theater presents the comedy satire "Greater Tuna," which opens Friday, September 11 and runs through Sunday, October 4. This perennial favorite is about Texas' third smallest town, where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The eclectic band of citizens that make up the town are portrayed by two performers, making this satire on life in rural America even more delightful as they depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna, Texas: men, women, children and animals. Tuna has enjoyed runs on Broadway and Scotland’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, an HBO special in 1984, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Marines Memorial Theatre in San Francisco, and has been produced in countless professional and community theaters. By 1985, Greater Tuna was the most produced play in the United States.
At the helm of Imagination Theater’s upcoming production of Greater Tuna are co-founders Lanny Langston, director, and Peter Wolfe, producer and set designer. The daunting task of costuming the cast of characters in Greater Tuna is credited to designers and dressers Diane Palmer, Cami Roberts, Marsha Myers, and Janet Postlewait.
Two seasoned acting veterans, Richard Gaylord and Jeff Lathrop, take on more than twenty characters, each with unique personalities and costume changes – some in as little as nine seconds.
Friday evening performances are at 7:00 P.M. September 11, 18, 25 and October 2. Saturday evening performances are at 7:00 P.M. September 12 and October 3. There is one Thursday performance on September 17, also at 7:00 P.M. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 P.M. are September 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, October 3 and 4. Ticket prices are $16 for adults, $13 for seniors and $10 for children. Group discounts are also available. Greater Tuna is recommended for teens to adults. Imagination Theater is located at 100 Placerville Drive, on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. Call (530) 642-0404 for more information or to make reservations.