by Ed Howard, Joe Sears, Jaston Williams 
     directed by Tony Braithwaite
     starring Joe Mallon and Chris Dougherty (NCIS: Los Angeles, Jane the Virgin, Masters of Sex)


A hilarious satire of small town life. Two actors, twenty characters, and a barrel of laughs, y’all.

"Howlingly funny." -Variety



Greater Tuna Photos



“I try to make myself laugh,” said Greater Tuna Costume Designer Janus Stefanowicz. “If I can laugh about it then I hope the audience can laugh about it.”

In Greater Tuna, two actors play 20 quirky and hilarious characters from the fictional small town of Tuna, Texas. Janus’ job is to differentiate the many characters, while also providing laughs of her own through fun changes and surprising looks.

In a quick-change show, “I’m always fascinated how to create the characters in the least amount of costume pieces,” Janus said.

The costume changes in Greater Tuna “are very fast ... it spins." One trick of the trade: often the two actors will be wearing one costume under another. Then they can go backstage, rip off one costume, and enter as a new character without having to put anything else on. (There will also be dressers backstage to help.)

Some of the characters in Greater Tuna are members of the same family, the rowdy Bumiller clan. All three of the children are played by Chris Dougherty, and he has to quickly switch from one sibling to another. Janus’ design gives the Bumillers red hair, both to help the audience know they are related, but also for laughs. "I thought it would be really funny," Janus said. Older brother Stanley Bumiller has the same red wig as his younger brother, Jody, but adds a stretchy headband and mullet. "Stanley is the tougher dude."

Janus received an MFA from Temple University and two degrees from Villanova University, where she works as the costume shop manager and resident costume designer.

“It’s like traveling,” she said of her job. “It’s going to great new worlds and being able to tell new stories through costumes.”

Janus’ previous designs with Act II Playhouse include Biloxi Blues and Camelot. She’s thrilled to be back in Ambler. “The intimacy of the theater is really wonderful,” she said, “and the experience between the audience and the actors is really special."

Meet the Cast

Chris Dougherty
Notable TV roles include guest-starring on "Stan Against Evil," "Criminal Minds," "NCIS: Los Angeles," and "Masters of Sex." He will next be seen in an episode of the "The Morning Show," a new TV series for Apple, starring Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, and Steve Carrell, as well as a supporting role in an upcoming Lifetime movie titled "Gaslit." Other credits include the feature film "Vice," which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, directed by Adam McKay, (playing Phillip Perry, the husband of Liz Cheney), "Last Man Standing," "NCIS," "Jane the Virgin," and a recurring role on "Scrubs."
Joe Mallon
Regional Credits: Kennedy Center World Premiere: "Earthrise;" 1st and 2nd National Tours: "Elephant and Piggie;" Imagination Stage: "You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown" (Helen Hayes Award best TYA production); Ford's Theatre: "Death of a Salesman;" Studio Theatre: "Translations;" Woolly Mammoth Theatre: "KISS;" Arena Stage: "Fiddler on the Roof;" Folger Theatre: "Romeo and Juliet;" Round House Theatre: "Beauty Queen of Leenane;" Shakespeare Theatre Company: "Midsummer Night’s Dream," "Coriolanus," "Wallenstein;" Kennedy Center: "Shear Madness;" Virginia Shakespeare Festival: "Hamlet;" Montgomery Theater: "Picnic," "Last Night of Ballyhoo;" Devon Theater: "Little Shop of Horrors;" Kimmel Center: "The Fantasticks;" New Candlelight: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Television: "Hack," "House of Cards." Joe can be seen next as Nathan Detroit in "Guys and Dolls" at Ford's Theatre.

Creative Team - Greater Tuna

Directed by Tony Braithwaite
Starring Chris Dougherty and Joe Mallon
Scenic Designer: Colin McIlvaine
Costume Designer: Janus Stefanowicz
Sound Design: John Stovicek
Lighting Designer: James Leitner
Properties Designer: Liz McDonald
Assistant Director: DJ Gleason
Stage Manager: Pat Sabato

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