Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY


April 23, 2009

KRT warms to summer season

Will not offer performances in repertory

HORSE CAVE — Kentucky Repertory Theatre will become one among a few theaters to present Ed Sears and Jaston Williams’ comedy “Red, White and Tuna,” the third comedy in the Tuna, Texas trilogy.

The play will be one of three offered during the theater’s summer season.

Originally, the theater had planned a different line-up of plays for the season, but when Robert Brock, artistic director, learned that the rights for the play had been acquired by Play Publisher, he decided to make some changes to the summer season so that it could be included.

“It had been tied up in negotiations for three or four years and no one has been able to do it,” he said. “So, when I saw that I knew we had to change everything, because we have to do that play. So, we called and got the rights to that.”

“Red, White and Tuna” is the sequel to “Tuna Christmas.” Brock pointed out that the last time Tuna fans saw Bertha and Arlis they were dancing at the Christmas party. Fans don’t know if a romance develops between the two. They also don’t know if R.R., who took off in an UFO, sends a message back, or if he comes back to Tuna.

“I’ve heard from a few people who saw the authors do it and they thought it was the funniest of the three,” Brock said. “Everybody from all around should come because nobody has seen it. We’ve done ‘Tuna Christmas’ three times and ‘Greater Tuna’ once and those have been around for a long time. No theater in the nation has done this play except that the authors did it.”

“Red, White and Tuna” will open July 3 and run through August.

Launching the theater’s summer season will be “Sylvia,” which is set to open May 29 and run through June 14.

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