This is the last weekend to see Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre’s production of Greater Tuna. But staging a comedy, even one as iconic in the southwest U.S. as “Tuna,” following a tragic community event like the tornadoes that ripped through central Oklahoma can be tough.
Actors Donald Jordan and Jonathon Beck Reed say taking time to laugh can provide relief for people dealing with the trauma of the destruction.
The acting duo, known for performances in A Tuna Christmas, brings those characters and new ones onto the Freede Little Theatre stage through Sunday.
“Anytime you laugh, it takes your mind away… and it’s soothing,” says Jonathon Beck Reed. “Anytime you walk into a darkened theater and you watch a story being acted out in front of you, you become so engrossed in that story, that it everything else is sort of pushed away.”
Jordan says the characters living in Tuna, Texas are likely familiar to many Oklahomans.
“In many parts of the country, people consider Greater Tuna to be a comedy, but to those of us in the southwest, it’s a profound documentary,” Jordan says.