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December 1-18 – CityRep’s presentation of ‘A Tuna Christmas’ returns by popular demand

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Staff Report

Oklahoma City —  As part of CityRep’s 15th Anniversary celebration, Oklahoma’s award winning professional theatre is bringing back the side-splitting comedy, “A Tuna Christmas,” the biggest hit and the most requested show in its history.

CityRep Artistic Director Donald Jordan and CityRep co-founder Jonathan Beck Reed are back in this Tony award nominated sequel to “Greater Tuna,” where it is Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas. These two dazzling comic actors play all the denizens of a small town in this laugh a minute, quick change, comic tour de force.

Directing the show is longtime CityRep Affiliated Artist Steve Emerson.

The production will be presented in the Freede Little Theatre at The Civic Center Music Hall located at 201 N Walker Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102.

Concerning the “Tuna” plays, Jordan has previously reflected they are “considered a comedy elsewhere, but in Texas and Oklahoma we all understand that it’s really more like a documentary.”

Reed loves the “Tuna” plays, among other reasons, for the audience: “Each time we perform it, there are always a large number of people who tell me they never, ever go to the theater, except for the ‘Tuna’ plays.” Then, after a recent performance, Reed recalls, “Tuna” co-author Jaston Williams told him, “I am amazed at how relevant it is, and how much fun, after all these years.”

Each of the “Tuna, Texas” tales achieves an uproarious, sometimes ribald, and ultimately affectionate send-up of life in small town Texas, or maybe that’s western Texihoma.

Remember: “A Tuna Christmas” is rated PG-13 due to adult situations and language. The performance schedule is:

Thursday December 1 at 7:30 p.m., the Preview Performance; Friday December 2 at 7:30 p.m.;  Opening Night Performance is Saturday Dec. 3  at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday Dec. 4, 1:30 p.m. The production run continues Thursday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m, Fri., Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m., and Sun. Dec. 11 at 1:30 p.m.

The final weekend continued at mid-month: Thurs., Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m., Fri. Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Sat. December 17 at 7:30 p.m., and Closing Performance on Sun., Dec. 18 at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets for this year’s production of “A Tuna Christmas” are $8 for Students, Teachers and Military Personnel (with ID), $25 (groups of eight or more), $35 (matinees) and $40 (evening performances), and may be purchased by calling the Civic Center Box Office at (405) 297-2264 or online at www.cityrep.com.

Season Sponsors for The Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre include the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Richard P. Dulaney Foundation, the Chickasaw Nation, The Grandison Inn, The Oklahoman, Cox Media, KWTV NEWS9 and The City Sentinel.

CityRep, The Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre operating under the leadership of Founding Artistic Director Donald Jordan, is Oklahoma’s award winning Equity small professional theatre.
For more information please visit cityrep.com or call (405) 848-3761.

NOTE: Portions of this report are adapted from Pat McGuigan’s 2013 feature on Reed and Jordan.

Tuna Christmas-Jonathan Beck Reed, Photo provided.

Tuna Christmas-Jonathan Beck Reed. Mutz Photography

Tuna Christmas-Donald Jordan.  Photo provided.

Tuna Christmas-Donald Jordan. Mutz Photography.

Tuna Christmas-Donald Jordan and Jonathan Beck Reed. Photo provided.

Tuna Christmas-Donald Jordan and Jonathan Beck Reed. Mutz Photography

Tuna Christmas-Jonathan Beck Reed and Donald Jordan.  Photo provided.

Tuna Christmas-Jonathan Beck Reed and Donald Jordan. Mutz Photography

Tuna Christmas-Jonathan Beck Reed and Donald Jordan.  Photo provided.

Tuna Christmas-Jonathan Beck Reed and Donald Jordan. Mutz Photography

Tuna Christmas-Jonathan Beck Reed and Donald Jordan.  Photo provided.

Tuna Christmas-Jonathan Beck Reed and Donald Jordan. Mutz Photography

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