AUGUST 2015

OVER THE TAVERN
A Play by Tom Dudzick

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service, Inc.

In the 1950s, that most idealized period of 20th-century America, the Pazinski family has a lot going on in their cramped Buffalo apartment. The youngest of the bunch, 12-year-old Rudy, is a smart, wise-cracking kid who's starting to question family values and the Roman Catholic Church. When Rudy goes up against the ruler-wielding Sister Clarissa and announces that instead of being confirmed he'd rather shop around for a more "fun" religion, all hell breaks loose. A warm and hilarious look at family, growing up, and God.

Director, Ginger Vinson, has assembled a great cast for this Abilene premier with Susan Herman serving as Assistant Director/Stage Manager. The cast includes ACT veterans Kim Telafuse, Richard Culwell, Rose McKean, and after a long absence, Adam Edwards and Jen Burns. New to the ACT stage are Miranda Seighman and Gavyn Sims.


JULY 2015

GREATER TUNA
A Play by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service, Inc.

Greater Tuna is the first in a series of 4 comedic plays, each set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, the "third-smallest" town in the state. Written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard, the play is at once an affectionate comment on small-town, Southern life and attitudes but also a withering satire of same.

The play is notable in that two men play the entire cast of over twenty eccentric characters of both genders and various ages. Greater Tuna debuted in Austin, Texas, in the fall of 1981, and had its off-Broadway premiere in 1982. St. Vincent Summer Theatre produced the play in 2000, and No Name Players produced it in 2002.

Directors PAM JOINES and GINGER VINSON guide ACT veterans KEITH MAY and CHASE WEBSTER in this unique comedy that is sure to have audiences genuinely laughing out loud.


JUNE 2015

THE NERD
A Play by Larry Shue

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service, Inc.

Set in Terre Haute, Indiana, in the mid 1980s, THE NERD centers on the hilarious dilemma of a Willum, young architect, who is visited by Rick Steadman, a fellow ex-GI whom Willum has never met but who saved his life after he was seriously wounded in Vietnam. Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly at his apartment on the night of his birthday party. However, Rick’s awkward manner and inappropriate behavior throw the occasion into shambles. It turns out that Rick is an annoying nerd who overstays his welcome with a vengeance.

Director CRYSTAL HALE assembled a great cast for this well-loved comedy. ACT veterans TONY REDMAN, GINGER VINSON, MATT MASLANKA, PETER HALE, and CHASE WEBSTER lead a cast that left audiences “rolling in the aisles.” MAX KIDD, a young veteran, was first seen on ACT’s stage as one of the Herdman kids in “Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” This is the debut of newcomer, LEIGHANNE KINZELER.