'Greater Tuna' at the Garfield Center in February

Brad Chaires, left, and Nic Carter will take on all the roles in the Garfield Center for the Arts’ production of “Greater Tuna,” premiering at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14.

CHESTERTOWN — The Garfield Center for the Arts will open its 2020 season Friday, Feb. 14, with the comedy “Greater Tuna.”

Performances will begin at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 14, 15, 21 and 22, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 16 and 23.

Written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, “Greater Tuna“ is a satirical view on life and the trappings of narrow-minded attitudes in rural, small-town America.

“We take a trip to Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas, where the Lions Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies,” a news release states. “What do Arles Struvie, Thurston Wheelis, Didi Snavely, Aunt Pearl, Petey Fisk, Rev. Spikes, and Vera Carp have in common? Thanks to breakneck, quick-change costuming, all of the characters we meet in Tuna — men, women, children and even animals — are performed by only two comedic actors.”

The play debuted in Austin, Texas, in fall 1981, and had its off-Broadway premiere in 1982. The original production starred two of its writers, Jaston Williams and Joe Sears, who reprised their roles and added new characters to the additional installments “A Tuna Christmas” (1989), “Red, White and Tuna” (1998) and “Tuna Does Vegas” (2008).

The “Tuna” shows, the release states, have been some of the most frequently produced and well-loved plays performed throughout the country for decades.

Inhabiting the multiple costumes and characterizations of the denizens of “Tuna” are Bradley Chaires and Nic Carter. The production is directed and scenic designed by GCA Executive Director Steven Arnold.

The costume designer is Barbi Bedell, technical designer/director and set builder is Butch Clark, sound effects and recordings designer is Mark Sullivan, sound board operator is Speedy Christopher, wig styling is by Meghan Harrington, quick-change dressers are Shannon Whitaker and Natalie Lane, and administrative, technical and event support come from GCA resident staff members Meghan Ferster, Nic Carter and Paul Cambardella.

Francoise Sullivan and Moo Productions provide professional graphic, marketing and web support, and the GCA’s community of volunteers will staff the front of house and box office.

Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors and military, and $10 for students, and can be purchased by calling the box office at 410-810-2060 or via GCA’s website at garfieldcenter.org.

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