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Greater Tuna Opens This Friday at the Historic Texas Theatre

Palestine, Texas- It’s almost time to open the curtain at the Historic Texas Theatre in Palestine! Palestine Community Theatre, Inc. presents Greater Tuna October 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12.

PCT will host a complimentary wine and cheese reception on opening night, Friday, October 3, beginning at 6:30p.m.

Greater Tuna, written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, is the hilarious, truth-laced comedy about Texas’ third smallest town, “where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies.”

Greater Tuna is a no-holds-barred snapshot of rural life in Texas, filled with characters you are sure to recognize from your own hometown. Everyone who has ever lived in a small town will find something or someone to relate to in Greater Tuna, from the gossipy, pious biddies to the little scandals that bubble up and get everybody talking,” said, Texas Theatre Marketing Director Dana Goolsby.

Under the direction of Carol Moore, John Lamb and Gerry Goodwin play twenty colorful characters that make up the town of Tuna. Lamb and Goodwin play men, women, children and animals, with lightning fast costume changes to depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna.

Director Carol Moore has had the opportunity to see Greater Tuna performed by the original cast multiple times. She has always hoped she would one day get to direct Greater Tuna.

Greater Tuna is just about my favorite play ever. It takes a look at the life of 20 different residents in small-town Texas; simple, backwards and politically incorrect,” said Moore. She added, “I am most in awe of the talent, speed and adaptability this play requires of everyone involved. I have been blessed with two incredibly talented actors who play all of the roles, and a dedicated crew.

Moore hopes that everyone who sees PCT’s production Greater Tuna will walk away with a smile on their face and sore muscles from laughing.

Actors Lamb and Goodwin have both welcomed the challenge of quick character and costumes changes in Greater Tuna.

“This show is scary, daunting experience. We have so many characters with lots of lines, different voices, and different internal drives. Not to mention the 43 costume changes,” said actor John Lamb. He added, “This show has been quite a challenge. This is the kind of show that forces you to sharpen your skills.”

“This has been a very fun and challenging show for everyone involved. Greater Tuna has given me the opportunity to stretch my acting muscles,” said actor Gerry Goodwin. Goodwin also said, “I think if the audience has half as much fun as we have then it will have been worth it.”

According to Goolsby, amidst the laughs and the giggles, Greater Tuna has some pithy things to say.

“Though some of the characters may seem over the top in their attitudes and beliefs, they are very recognizable. These characters give us the opportunity to laugh at ourselves and see our views through different lenses,” said Goolsby.

Greater Tuna first premiered in Austin in 1981 and quickly transferred to Off Broadway in 1982 for an extended run. Local productions have been mounted all over the country since then, and by 1985 it was the most produced play in the country. Since the premier of Greater Tuna, three other Tuna stories have seen the stage- A Tuna Christmas, Red, White and Tuna, and Tuna Does Vegas. Greater Tuna has also been performed at the White House.

Greater Tuna will run the first two weekends of October. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30p.m., and Sundays at 2p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students (ages 4-18).

Tickets can be purchased locally at the Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce, Dogwood Diner, Sears Hometown Store, and Switch. Tickets can also be purchased online at

For more information visit the Texas Theatre’s Facebook page or email Dana Goolsby at


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