A Wolverine Walks into a Bar
by Jaston Williams

Nov. 11 - Nov. 20, 2016

Stateside at the Paramount presents Greater Tuna co-creator and master storyteller Jaston Williams and TV’s Lauren Lane in the Austin debut of A Wolverine Walks Into A Bar.  Don't miss this superb performance - filled with stories, different scenes, multiple characters and side-splitting humor.


Join Jaston Williams (of Tuna, Texas fame) and Lauren Lane (veteran actress from TV's "The Nanny”) as they bring to life a bevy of colorful, quirky and endearing American characters in multiple short scenes, including a pacifist from Texas who bonds with a gun-toting grandma, an elderly Grande Dame and world traveler who has a history of sinking gondolas, an Anglo man who longs to be Hispanic, married to a Hispanic woman who wants to be Anglo and the most unlikely couple to ever dance the cotton-eyed Joe!


Stateside at the Paramount's stage will be transformed into a "bar-like atmosphere" with a few audience members seated around small tables as part of the set. Be prepared to laugh out loud as Williams and Lane take us through an evening of memorizing characters while having a cold one at the bar.


Each story is tied together with “News of the Weird” and each scene is told through the eyes of a guest director. Directors include: Kevin Bailey, Linda Donahue and Kristin Rogers. Named “…one of Texas’ best storytellers!” by the Austin American-Statesman and recipient of the 2013 Texas Medal of Arts Award, Jaston Williams will be alongside TV veteran Lauren Lane for an evening filled with humor, stories (real or otherwise), never before performed material, and a lot of laughs. Don't miss it!


Click to view KXAN interview with Jaston Williams about the piece

Click to read interview with Jaston Williams published at Austin Entertainment Weekly, November 13, 2016

Click to read interview with Jaston Williams published by Broadway World, November 17, 2016


Jaston Williams is known nationally as the co-author, co-star and producer of the four award-winning plays in the Greater Tuna cycle. His performances have played on and off Broadway at the Kennedy Center, the Edinburgh International Arts Festival, the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. and all over America. Jaston received the L.A. Dramalogue Award for both Greater Tuna and A Tuna Christmas. A Tuna Christmas was published in “Best Plays of 1995.” For several years, he toured in Larry Shue’s The Foreigner. He performed in The Fantasticks and directed the musical Bad Girls Upset By The Truth. Jaston received the Texas Governor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts by a Native Texan and has performed at the White House on three occasions. He has appeared at Austin’s State Theatre in Eugene Ionesco’s The Chairs and at Zachary Scott Theatre in Jay Preston Allen’s Tru, for which he received the Austin Critics Table Award for Best Actor in a drama. He has also appeared at the Zachary Scott Theatre in The Laramie Project and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Jaston’s autobiographical play, I’m Not Lying, was the first of his five solo shows, all receiving critical acclaim in performances across the country.  The others are Cowboy Noises, Camping With Gasoline, Blame it on Valentine, Texas and his latest Maid Marian in a Stolen Car.  Jaston has been seen recently with friends Joe Ely, Kimmie Rhodes, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Jo Carol Pierce in their performance piece, Is There Life After Lubbock?  Jaston is the recipient of the 2013 Texas Medal of the Arts and has been inducted into the West Texas Walk of Fame. 


Lauren Lane’s career spans stage, film, television and academia. For six seasons she played C.C. Babcock on the television show,THE NANNY. She also played the female lead, Chris Novak, on the detective show, HUNTER as well as a recurring role on L.A. LAW. She has worked regionally at The Kennedy Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Mark Taper Forum, The American Conservatory Theatre and The Dallas Theatre Center among others. She worked for five years as a company member in Tim Robbins’ award winning Los Angeles based Theatre Company; THE ACTORS GANG, where she won a Drama-Logue award for her work in Electra directed by Oskar Eustis. Lauren makes her home in Austin Texas where she was honored to be named “A Theatrical Wonder” by the Austin Chronicle and one of the top-ten ‘theatrical events’ of 2012. She was awarded both the Austin Critics Circle Award for Best Actress and the B. Iden Payne award for Best Actress in a Comedy for her work as: Barbara Fordham in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, Lane in CLEAN HOUSE and Becky in BECKY’S NEW CAR. Lauren graduated from the MFA program at The American Conservatory Theatre. She is currently Head of Acting at Texas State University and proud to have former students currently working on Broadway, off Broadway, in Film and Television and regional theatres all over the country, Lauren is thrilled to be a part of building a new generation of artists graduating from the performance programs at Texas State University. She is proud to balance life as a working Mother, and her favorite job has been mom to Kate.



A Wolverine Walks into a Bar
by Jaston Williams
Jaston Williams

November 11 - November 20, 2016
State Theatre
719 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX, 78701

 A Wolverine Walks Into A Bar plays two weekends at Stateside at the Paramount November 11-13 and November 18-20Fridays at 8 pmSaturdays at 2 pm & 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm

Tickets $37.50 for premium seating, $25 other seats, plus approximately $10 per ticket fees and venue charges.

Tickets on sale now at ticketing list at AustinTheatre.org, by calling 512.474.1221 or in person at the Paramount Theatre Box Office.