December 15-23rd, 2017
All comedic holiday hell is about to break loose in the Hardes at Phoenix Theatre
If your Christmas holidays have a way of turning out badly, take heart. Things are worse in Tuna, Tex., the state’s third-smallest hamlet, where good cheer, always in short supply, is threatening to dry up altogether.
A Tuna Christmas, written by Tony-nominated Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard, satirizes small-town American life, leaving few groups and attitudes untouched.
Two valley favorites serve up seasonal spite with numerous roles each with rapid-fire costume and wig changes, and will break your funny bone in the process.
Holiday cheer and holiday stress go hand in hand and Tuna, Texas is no different.
The little town of Tuna is home to the annual Christmas Yard Display Contest, a cagey competition between the townsfolk. Competition is intense every year and the Christmas Phantom – the unknown assailant of the nativity scene – is at it again. This holiday season take a peek into the lives of this little town gripped by Yuletide terror.
David Barker is an award-winning actor, director and fight choreographer. Also an accomplished mime, his work has been featured in numerous publications including From The Greek Mimes To Marcel Marceau And Beyond, Shanghai Theatre Magazine, Mime Journal and Phoenix Magazine. He graduated Cum Laude from Duquesne University with a B.S. in Education in 1977 and received his M.F.A. in Theatre Arts from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts in 1980.
His credits include national and international tours, Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, international festivals and TV. He conducted master classes, workshops and residencies at universities, conservatories and public schools throughout the country and in London, Athens and Shanghai. He taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Douglass College and Scottsdale and Mesa Community Colleges.
He is a Professor of Theatre at Arizona State University where he teaches movement and acting. He and his wife live in Tempe, Arizona and they have four children and four grandchildren. Through his work he intends to glorify God, from whom all good things come.
Ben is a native Arizonan who feels certain he has worked for many years in the valley as an actor, director, managing director, producer and playwright. He is very happy to be working again with his good friend David Barker on, A Tuna Christmas. Big thanks to Daniel Davisson and Davisson Entertainment for this opportunity. Super special thanks to E.E. Moe for her direction and insights on the tiny town of Tuna. Recent roles for Ben include Dr. Webb in, Our Town for Phoenix Theatre, Richard in Time Stands Still for Actors Theatre, multiple characters in, My Name is Asher Lev for Arizona Jewish Theatre, and the role of Charles Condomine in Blyth Spirit for Southwest Shakespeare Company. He was the co-founder and Artistic Director for the Mill Avenue Theatre in Tempe where he directed and co-wrote Guv: The Musical, a review about the foibles of Arizona politics. His play, The Wallace & Ladmo Show, was co-produced in 2012 by Deseret Foothills Theatre and Actors Theatre of Phoenix for the state centennial. Ben is currently the Executive Director for Arizona Centennial Theatre Foundation. This is a non-profit organization that funds and develops new Arizona themed plays. Helen Hayes remains Mrs. Tyler, and T.J., Brian, Michael and Anna, are still above average.
Directed by Elaine “E.E.” Moe
Elaine “E.E.” Moe began her career in Arizona and is truly delighted to share Davisson Entertainment’s focus tributes on AZ artists. Her entrepreneurial spirit and diverse career embraces 55+ years of acting/directing/producing in professional and educational venues from LA to NY in regional theatre, Off-Broadway, outdoor festivals, concert halls, industrial trade shows, street corners and storefront theatres. A few credits include: LA Shakespeare Co., L.A. Olympic Arts Theatre Festival, Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, Beverly Hills Playhouse, Prescott Center for the Performing Arts, Herberger Theatre and international solo-artists touring productions.