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Theatrefest! 2016: Greater Tuna, The Glass Menagerie

Fourth Season of TheatreFest! to present the Comedy 'Greater Tuna' and the Tennessee William's Classic 'The Glass Menagerie' Robert Brock and Randy Burns will perform all parts in Greater Tuna
TheatreFest! 2016 will present Greater Tuna June 16-17, 23-24, and June 26, 2016; and The Glass Menagerie July 7- 8, 14-15, and July 17, 2016. Sunday performances will be held at 2pmCT, all others will be at 7pmCT. All will be held in V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY. For more information, contact Brock at brockr@lindsey.edu or 270-590- 4803.

By Mariah Stearns
News from Lindsey Wilson College

COLUMBIA, KY - Area residents can visit the third smallest town in Texas and see inside the mind of Tom Wingfield this summer at Lindsey Wilson College. TheatreFest! 2016 will present the comedy Greater Tuna and the American masterpiece of memory and heartache, The Glass Menagerie.


Greater Tuna will be performed June 16-17, 23-24, 2016, at 7pmCT and June 26 at 2pmCT. The Glass Menagerie will be performed July 7-8, 14-15, 2016 at 7pmCT and July 17, 2016 at 2pmCT. All performances will be at V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY. Greater Tuna is the first installment in a series of comedic plays by Ed Howard, Joe Sears and Jaston Williams. Set in Tuna, Texas, the so-called third-smallest town in the state Greater Tuna centers around a place "where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies".

"They are absolutely hilarious plays," said LWC Assistant Professor of Theatre Robert Brock, who is TheatreFest! artistic director. "We did Red, White, and Tuna two years ago, and since then the demand for another Tuna play has been non-stop."

Greater Tuna features more than 20 characters, all of whom are played by two male actors, who in the TheatreFest! production will be Brock and LWC Director of Alumni Relations Randy Burns.

"This is Southern comedy at its absolute best. If you like blue-collar comedy, you will love this," Burns said. Brock said the Tuna plays are popular because they respect the South while also finding humor in its everyday life. "People like the Tuna stories so much because they do not make fun of the South or the people of the South, rather they appreciate them," he said. "But the plays also appreciate what's quirky about the South and Southerners -- what's funny and eccentric. We look at these plays and say, 'These are people in my family.' Some of them might be me actually."

Brock, who has been involved in theatre for over 30 years, also wants to keep people "connected to the classics" with The Glass Menagerie, which originally premiered in 1944. The Glass Menagerie, written by Tennessee Williams, is an American masterpiece of memory and heartache. The play tells a story of a poetic young man yearning to escape the confines of his factory job, his fragile sister's romantic encounter with the boy of her dreams, and his mother's longing for the days of her glorious youth.

"It is a truly beautiful and touching play." Brock said. "We have an amazing cast, and we're very excited to present this American classic to Southcentral Kentucky."

TheatreFest! 2016 will present Greater Tuna June 16-17, 23-24, and June 26, 2016; and The Glass Menagerie July 7- 8, 14-15, and July 17, 2016. Sunday performances will be held at 2pmCT, all others will be at 7pmCT. All will be held in V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY. For more information, contact Brock at brockr@lindsey.edu or 270-590- 4803.


This story was posted on 2016-06-02 15:41:45
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