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It’s two for ‘Tuna’ at the Pewter Plough Playhouse

Mike Shanley, left, and Jeff Walters perform multiple characters in the two-man show “Red, White and Tuna” at the Pewter Plough Playhouse.
Mike Shanley, left, and Jeff Walters perform multiple characters in the two-man show “Red, White and Tuna” at the Pewter Plough Playhouse. Special to The Cambrian

Jeff Walters and Michael Shanley will share the spotlight in a two-man show during which they play a variety of roles in the Pewter Plough Playhouse production of “Red, White and Tuna.”

In the show, Walters and Shanley return to Tuna, Texas (Texas’ third smallest town) and bring to life many of the same characters featured in “A Tuna Christmas,” with Walters reprising his roles from that show.

Returning characters include Bertha Bumiller, Arles Struvie and Penny Fisk, who will be joined by some new townsfolk this time around. The play is directed by Sandy Bosworth.

Walters has previously appeared in Plough productions of “The Grand Manner” and “The Skin of Our Teeth” (in which he played a gypsy and a dinosaur and which also featured Shanley). Shanley has also appeared in “Outward Bound” at the Plough, as well as “Rumors” and “Something’s Afoot” at Cambria Center for the Arts Theatre.

“Red, White and Tuna,” which debuted in 1998, is the most recent in a series of three plays written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard that are set in Tuna, Texas. The plays feature more than 20 eccentric characters of both genders and a range of ages. The series offers an affectionate yet satirical look at life in the South.

The play’s first public performance will be at a Preview Night, with tickets priced at $17 for the 7:30 p.m. show Friday, June 24. A Gala Champagne Opening is set for the following night, with the $30 price of admission including an after-show party featuring champagne, dessert and music by pianist/vocalist Dave Manion.

Performances continue at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through July 24. Tickets for those shows are priced at $22 for regular admission and $17 for students with ID. Groups of 10 or more receive a 10 percent discount with reservations made via a single advance payment.

Actual performance dates are June 24-26 and July 1-3, 8-10, 15-17 and 22-24.

The playhouse is at 828 Main St. in Cambria. For more information or reservations, call 805-927-3877 or visit http://pewterploughplayhouse.org.

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