A Tuna Christmas

Playwright Ed Howard, Joe Sears, & Jaston Williams

Director Julia Gibson

Dates Nov 30 - Dec 24, 2022

Digital on Demand Dates: Not available for this production.

Run Time Approximate two hours including one intermission

PRICE In-Theater $20-$70

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About the Play

Come on back to Tuna (the third smallest town in Texas) for the holidays! Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie will keep you up to the minute with all the local news as they follow the contentious annual lawn display competition and try to unmask the Christmas Phantom.

A Tuna Christmas is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc www.concordtheatrscals.com

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  • Preview • 1st Wed & Thu $20-$50
  • All OtherWed thru Sat $25-$59
  • Thu $25-$59
  • Sat & Sun $30-$65
  • Digital on Demand Not available for this production.
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  • Wed, Nov 30 7:30 pm
  • Sat, Dec 10 8:00 pm
  • Thu, Dec 15 2:00 pm
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  • Page to Stage TBD
  • Artistic Talkback Sun, Dec 4 • Following the show
  • Curtain Call Sun, Dec 11 • Following the show
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About the Playwright

Ed Howard is the co-author of the plays Greater Tuna, A Tuna Christmas, Red, White and Tuna, and Tuna Does Vegas, all published by Samuel French. He also co-authored Splendora, based on the novel by Edward Swift, and book and lyrics of the musicals The Body Snatchers and Boy Problems. He is presently at work on the play The Landscaper, about a conservative cul-de-sac neighborhood and a mysterious immigrant from Central America.

Howard is also the author of The Summer of Daisy Fay and The Glory Getter, both based on Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, the first novel by Fanny Flagg; Hamlet, Texas, a modern day retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet set in West Texas on the ranch of an oil tycoon; and book and lyrics for The Tempest Tossed, a musical comedy spoof of the The Tempest featuring Shakespeare and the Muses.

Over the last thirty-plus years, Howard has directed Tuna co-authors and stars Joe Sears and Jaston Williams and other stars, including Oscar nominee John Hawkes and Oscar, Emmy and Tony winner Michael Jeters, in national tours of the Tuna plays. Off-Broadway, he directed Greater Tuna and on Broadway, A Tuna Christmas. Off-Off-Broadway, he directed Laughing Stock by Romulus Lenny, starring Frances Sternhagan and Jane Connell, which was selected by Time magazine as one of the top ten plays of 1984.

The Tuna plays were awarded the Los Angeles Dramalogue award, the San Francisco Bay Area Critics Award, and received Helen Hayes Award nominations. After its critically acclaimed Broadway début, A Tuna Christmas was published in Best Plays of 1995 and garnered Mr. Sears a Tony nomination.


Joe Sears


Jaston Williams

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