An Evening with Jaston Williams
by Jaston Williams
Feb. 25 - Feb. 26
Jaston Williams is the author and co-actor of the two-person Greater Tuna plays: Greater Tuna, A Tuna Christmas, Red, White and Tuna, and Tuna Does Vegas. All four shows played across the U.S. for over thirty years, with stops Off and on Broadway and in such venues as the Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre, The Alley Theatre in Houston, Pasadena Playhouse in L.A, American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, The American Spoleto Festival, and as an official American entry to the Edinburgh Festival, as well as two command performances at the White House.
Jaston also wrote the screenplay and performed in the Norman Lear H.B.O. version of Greater Tuna. The Tuna plays are still among the most produced plays in America offered in the Samuel French catalogue and A Tuna Christmas was chosen for inclusion in Best Plays of 1995. In a forty-year career, he has performed in plays running the gamut from the avant-garde works of Eugène Ionesco, to the joy of musical comedy.
For his recent solo work, Jaston was recently awarded the Marquee Award for Outstanding Contribution to Historical Theatres. He is a seven-time nominee for the prestigious Helen Hayes Award, which recognizes and celebrates excellence in professional theatre; a recipient of the L.A. Drama-Logue Award, and the San Francisco Bay Area Critics Award. Jaston received the Texas Governor’s Award for Contribution to the Arts in Texas, and the Texas Medal of The Arts. He holds an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Texas Tech University, where he is guest lecturer on the subject of playwriting. He, along with his co-star Joe Sears, is the very first recipient of a star on the Paramount Walk of Fame.
Jaston’s post-Tuna career has featured a dozen original performance pieces presented coast to coast and which range in subject matter from his father’s nervous breakdown the night the Beatles appeared on Ed Sullivan, to escaping down a rumbling Guatemalan volcano while being pursued by armed kidnappers, to showing up at a 1970s Renaissance Fair, which was held at Dennis Hopper’s house, while wearing a chicken suit and passing himself off as Michelangelo. It’s been every kind of life but boring.
Jaston lives in Lockhart, Texas, which is well within the Austin sphere of influence, with his husband, Kevin, and their son, Song.
February 25 - February 26, 2023
719 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX, 78701
Saturday, February 25, 2023 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 26, 2023 at 2 p.m.
Stateside at the Paramount, Austin
Tickets $46.66 (including $9.33 service fee) - click HERE for ticketing page