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Texas-Size Comedy Returns to the Texas this Fall

Greater Tuna Palestine, Texas- Celebrate Texas at the Historic Texas Theatre this fall with a Texas-size comedy! Palestine Community Theatre, Inc. presents Greater Tuna October 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12.

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.

Directed by 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.

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.

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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