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(Madison, NJ) – The Bickford Theatre and Playwrights Theatre are pleased to present the A Tuna Christmas by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard. The co-production (appropriate for all ages), will preview on December 13 and run through December 30, 2012 (Press Opening: Saturday, December 15 at 8:00pm, no performances on Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 29). The production will be directed by John Pietrowski and features Jim Ligon and Michael Irvin Pollard. Single tickets are on sale now: General Admission $45, Seniors $40, Members of the Morris Museum/Bickford Theatre Guild $38, Groups (10 or more) $30 and Students $20. For tickets, call the box office at 973-971-3706. All performances will take place at Bickford Theatre, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ.
It’s Christmas in Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas. Two quick-change actors (Jim Ligon and Michael Irvin Pollard) portray 24 quirky characters and their Yuletide adventures in the town of Tuna, Texas that will surely fill your stockings with laughter. This hilarious holiday production features many of the colorful Tuna denizens from Greater Tuna, and some appearing here for the first time.
“We are very excited to collaborate once again this year with The Bickford Theatre on this hilarious play,” said Playwrights Artistic Director John Pietrowski. “I am also excited to reunite the comic duo of Jim Ligon and Michael Pollard who teamed up a couple of years ago in an acclaimed production of Rounding Third I directed. Playwrights audiences will recognize Jim Ligon from productions of The Good Girl Is Gone and Where the Sun Never Sets and Michael Pollard from the audience hit Big Boys. These two accomplished actors create a very funny and moving holiday experience.”
“This production will be just fun. I am very excited co-producing again with Playwrights Theatre and John Pietrowski and bringing back the original cast of our Greater Tuna for this sequel. It all adds up to an ideal way for guests to fill their stockings with laughter!” said Eric Hafen, Artistic Director of Bickford Theatre.
Jim Bazewicz is the Set Designer, Ric McAllister is the Costumer Designer, and Danielle Pietrowski is the Properties Designer. Lights are designed by Roman Klima, Sound Design is by Jeff Knapp. Yumi Matsuura is the Production Stage Manager.
About Bickford Theatre:
The Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum is a professional theatre that produces and presents year- round entertainment, including a Main Stage Series, consisting of drama, comedies, thrillers, and musicals; two Children’s Theatre series, and a Jazz Showcase. The theatre is a Senior Member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, a not-for-profit organization of 30 professional theatres throughout the state of New Jersey. The Bickford Theatre works in conjunction with Actors' Equity Association and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. The theatre also has educational opportunities for children and adults with its Brightest Start School for Performing Arts.
About The Morris Museum:
Founded in 1913, the Morris Museum explores and celebrates the arts, sciences and history through exhibitions, education programs, performing arts and special events. The museum serves over 200,000 adults and children each year.
The Morris Museum, located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Admission to the museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for museum members and is free to the public every Thursday between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. For more information, call 973.971.3700 or visit www.morrismuseum.org.
About Playwrights Theatre:
Founded in 1986, Playwrights Theatre is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit professional theatre and arts education institution dedicated to developing and nurturing the dramatic imagination of artists, students, and audiences. Our New Play Program creates development opportunities for professional writers through readings, workshops and productions, and invites audiences to participate in authentic feedback experiences. Our New Jersey Writers Project, Poetry Out Loud, New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest and Festival, and Creative Arts Academy programs provide a comprehensive and hands-on arts education experience to over 31,000 students, Pre-K through adult.
Writers in the New Play Program are drawn from across the country, including our affiliation with the National New Play Network, a nation-wide group of theatres dedicated to the development and production of new work. Teaching Artists in our Education Programs are professional artists working in their field in the New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. From 2003-2013, we have been designated a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (along with only four other theatres: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, George Street Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center and Paper Mill Playhouse) as “an anchor institution that contributes vitally to the quality of life in New Jersey.”
Funding for our activities comes from: the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the F.M. Kirby Foundation, Inc., Dramatist Guild Fund, Horizon Foundation of New Jersey, The Shubert Foundation, Travelers, The Victoria Foundation, and many corporations, foundations and individuals.
Playwrights Theatre is a member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, the National New Play Network, and Madison Arts & Culture Alliance.
Title: A TUNA CHRISTMAS by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard
Director: John Pietrowski
Cast: Jim Ligon*, Michael Irvin Pollard*
Dates: December 13-December 30, 2012
Opening Night: Saturday, December 15 at 8pm
Wednesdays: December 19 and 26 at 7:30pm
Thursdays: December 13 and 27 at 7:30pm and December 20 at 2pm
Fridays: December 21 and 28 at 8pm (no performance on December 14)
Saturdays: December 15 at 2pm and 8pm; December 22 at 8pm (no performance on December 29)
Sundays: December 16, 23 and 30 at 2pm
Ticket Prices: General Admission $45, Seniors $40, Members of the Morris Museum/Bickford Theatre Guild $38, Groups (10 or more) $30 and Students $20. Cash, Check, MasterCard, Discover and Visa gladly accepted.
Advisory: Suitable for all ages
Theatre Location: 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ 07960. For driving directions, visit https://
Photos: Available by contacting Jennifer DeWitt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-514-1787 X20. Photos will be available on December 7, 2012.
Set Designer – Jim Bazewicz
Costumes Designer – Ric McAllister
Properties Designer – Danielle Pietrowski
Lighting Designer – Roman Klima
Sound Designer – Jeff Knapp
Production Stage Manager – Yumi Matsuura*
* denotes member of Actors' Equity Association