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Live Theatre Workshop
5317 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85712
Reservations: (520) 327-4242
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June 14 - July 21, 2018

RED, WHITE AND TUNA at Live Theatre Workshop

Red, White and Tuna

by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard

Directed by Jodi Ajanovic

Starring
Keith Wick and Stephen Frankenfield


ABOUT THE PLAY

They’re back, y’all! Red, White and Tuna is the third in a series of hilarious plays set in the fictional town of Tuna, the “third-smallest” town in the state of Texas. The plays are an affectionate and satirical commentary on small-town, Southern life and attitudes.

Keith Wick and Stephen Frankenfield play the entire cast of more than 20 eccentric characters in Red, White and Tuna. Alongside the town's perennial favorites, new residents burst into the 4th of July Tuna High School Class Reunion in this third show, setting the stage for fireworks and fun.

Red, White and Tuna is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

 

DIRECTOR'S NOTES

You know that feeling you get when you drive into your hometown after being away for years, that deep mixture of excitement, possible trepidation with a permanent undertone of nostalgia, which just sits in your belly waiting for the ironic surreal moments to unfold? These are some of the feelings that you get to experience with the characters, 19 to be exact, of Red, White and Tuna as you join them on their journey to the Tuna High School town reunion over the 4th of July weekend.

Stephen Frankenfield and Keith Wick in RED, WHITE AND TUNA at Live Theatre Workshop

Red, White and Tuna is the heartwarming follow up to A Tuna Christmas, which I had the pleasure to direct in 2009, in the suite of four plays written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard. All the well-crafted plays in the Tuna series can stand on their own as a singular story. It’s a reasonable question to ask why a farce like Red, White and Tuna, chock-full of borderline personalities, each played by only two men, had such a successful run? It would seem natural and obvious to answer with this whirlwind show featuring men in drag who embody characters that have returned home via UFOs, or register for wedding gifts at the local gun shop. I could also answer that question by getting political and explaining that we all need to loosen up and laugh. But I believe when ordinary situations are fashioned by individuals who push human nature to the extremes, but not out of our reach, that's when this comedy takes its breath.

I have such a fondness for this series of plays, probably because I grew up in my very own Tuna, Texas, no stop lights, no Walmart, and the closest fast food was 40 minutes away. We did, however, have open fields, basketball hoops hanging from every garage, the opportunity to know everyone’s business and neighbors that in many ways resemble these colorful residents from Red, White and Tuna. I'm awash with familiar nostalgia when I turn that last corner at Virgil's farm and see my own hometown, and it is just a matter of time until the old stories start flowing.

- Jodi Ajanovic, Director

 

PERFORMANCES

June 14 - July 21, 2018

Previews: June 14 and 15 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night: Saturday, June 16 at 7:30 PM

Regular Performances:
Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights at 7:30 PM
Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM

TICKETS

Previews & Thursday Tickets: $15
General Admission: $20
Students, Seniors 62+, & Military: $18

To make your reservation call (520) 327-4242
or buy tickets online

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHTS

Jaston Williams is a writer and actor best known for his 4 part comedy series about Tuna, Texas. Williams has been working on this since 1983. He has written A Tuna Christmas, Red White and Tuna, Tuna does Vegas and Greater Tuna as well as starred in all these productions both on the stage and in the movie versions. He is also known for his 1984 TV Series Comedy Zone. He currently resides in Lockhart, Texas.

Joe Sears is a playwright, actor, and author best known for co-writing and co-starring in the 4 part comedy series about Tuna, Texas. He co wrote and co starred in Greater Tuna, A Tuna Christmas, Red White & Tuna and Tuna Does Vegas with Jaston Williams. He was nominated for a Tony for Best Actor in 1995 for his performance in A Tuna Christmas which he reprised in the television version the following year.

Ed Howard is the third co writer of Greater Tuna, A Tuna Christmas, Red White & Tuna, and Tuna does Vegas. He is best known for his work on the movie versions of Greater Tuna and A Tuna Christmas. He is a writer on an upcoming TV series Alien Lake and helped direct the movies A Tuna Christmas and Greater Tuna.

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Stephen Frankenfield and Keith Wick in RED, WHITE AND TUNA at Live Theatre Workshop

 Stephen Frankenfield (Multiple Roles) is the Assistant Director of Children’s Programming here at LTW. He is a graduate of (AMDA) American Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in New York City. Some of his most notable acting credits include: THE BEST BROTHERS, BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY, THE GAMES AFOOT OR, HOLMES FOR THE HOLIDAY, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, BELOW THE BELT, I HATE HAMLET, SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR, and A TUNA CHRISTMAS. Some of his directing credits include: MOON OVER BUFFALO and SOUVENIR. He has been nominated for 6 Arizona Daily Star Mac Awards, four times for acting and twice for directing. He writes and directs for LTW’s Family Theatre, as well as the Education Department. He has had 5 of his plays published, including: AN OUTLAW’S TALE: A STORY ABOUT THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE DOWN-RIGHT LAZY and THE MISADVENTURES OF ROMEO AND JULIET. He would like to give a big thank you to his two boys for being a constant source of inspiration in his life.

 

Stephen Frankenfield and Keith Wick in RED, WHITE AND TUNA at Live Theatre Workshop

 Jodi Ajanovic (Director) originally hails from the Midwest where she received her BFA in Theatre Performance from Indiana State University. Upon graduation, she was the proud recipient of the Tisch-Capson Dramatic Writing fellowship from New York University and the Glenville Performance fellowship from the Oxford Dramatic Society. After her studies, Jodi performed with the Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Edyvena Repertory Theatre, and the Bunbury Theatre. Jodi landed in Tucson and is excited to be back at LTW where some of her favorite roles include Rose in DANCING AT LUGHNASA, Helen in BABY WITH THE BATHWATER and Miss Skillon in SEE HOW THEY RUN, for which she was nominated for a MAC award by the Arizona Daily Star. She has played on the Etcetera Stage in THE BALTIMORE WALTZ and wrote EXISTENCE OF FAIRIES for the All Together Theatre here at LTW.

 

 Keith Wick (Multiple Roles) last appeared in the LTW production THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES. Some favorite LTW acting credits include ANNAPURNA, BUYER AND CELLAR, ONE SLIGHT HITCH, THE COLUMNIST, THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION, DEATH AND THE MAIDEN, RECKLESS, THREE VIEWINGS, HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, DON'T DRESS FOR DINNER (2010 Arizona Daily Star MAC AWARD Winner - Best Actor in a Comedy), A TUNA CHRISTMAS, and DANCING AT LUGHNASA. Keith is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Other favorite roles include Fluellen in HENRY V, and Second Man in AND THEY DANCE REAL SLOW IN JACKSON. Keith is a recipient of an AriZoni award for his portrayal of Dromio of Syracuse in the Southwest Shakespeare Company production of A COMEDY OF ERRORS. Thanks to his wife and daughter for their love and support.

 

 

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