A Tuna Christmas

A Tuna Christmas
by Ed Howard, Joe Sears, and Jaston Williams

December 8 – 10, 2017
The Callan Theatre
3801 Harewood Road NE
Washington, DC 20064

It’s the holiday season in Tuna, Texas, the third-smallest town in the Lone Star State, and two actors bring over twenty memorable characters to life in this hilarious holiday satire.

A remount of our successful and well-loved 2015 production!

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Read the 4.5-star review on Theater Bloom that called PRT’s 2015 production of A TUNA CHRISTMAS “a real winner!”


Artistic Team
A Tuna Christmas Playlist


Friday, December 8 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 9 at 2pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, December 10 at 2pm


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In A Tuna Christmaswe get a snapshot of the Yuletide activities of the many eccentric denizens of Tuna, from a highly contentious Christmas Yard Display Contest threatened by the vandalism of the mysterious “Christmas Phantom”; to a production of A Christmas Carol seemingly doomed by an overdue electric bill. We meet Bertha Bumiller, doing her best to hold her family together during the holidays; Didi Snavely, the owner of Didi’s Used Weapons; Vera Carp, leader of the Smut Snatchers of the New Order; and Inita Goodwin and Helen Bedd, best friends and waitresses at the Tastee Kreme; among many others!

This play is full of merriment and Texas-sized cheer; both a loving homage and a biting satire of small-town Texas.

Featuring Thomas DiSalvo and Dillon DiSalvo

Directed by Frank DiSalvo Jr.

A TUNA CHRISTMAS is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes long, including intermission.

A Tuna Christmas contains some language and suggestive material. It may not be appropriate for young children. Please see our content guide for more information.

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Artistic Team


Dillon DiSalvo as

Dillon DiSalvo HeadshotArles Struvie
Didi Snavely
Petey Fisk
Jody Bumiller
Charlene Bumiller
Stanley Bumiller
Vera Carp
Dixie Deberry
Helen Bedd
Farley Burkhalter
Garland Poteet

Thomas DiSalvo as

Thomas DiSalvoThurston Wheelis
Elmer Watkins
Bertha Bumiller
R.R. Snavely
Aunt Pearl Burras
Sheriff Givens
Ike Thompson
Inita Goodwin
Leonard Childers
Phoebe Burkhalter
Joe Bob Lipsey

Read a 2015 interview with the cast on DC Metro Theater Arts!

Director – Frank DiSalvo Jr.
Set – Frank DiSalvo Jr. and Ember DiSalvo
Costumes – Ember DiSalvo and Thomas DiSalvo
Lights – Dean Leong
Sound – Frank DiSalvo Jr.
Stage Manager – Emma Heck

Quick Change Artist – Rose Kearns
Quick Change Artist – Morgan Wilder

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The Callan Theatre
The Catholic University of America
3801 Harewood Road NE
Washington, D.C. 20017

All seats are general admission.

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Getting Here

Directions to Callan

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The Callan is located in the Hartke Theater complex on the campus of Catholic University.

By Metro

CUA’s campus is easily accessible at the Brookland/CUA Metro Stop on the Red Line. Plan your Metro trip here.

By Car

The Hartke Theatre complex is easily accessible by car. Find directions on Google Maps by clicking below:


There is plenty of street parking on Harewood Road which is free and unlimited on weekends and after 6:30PM on weekdays.

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A Tuna Christmas Playlist

Enjoy this Spotify playlist of Christmas tunes (country, folk, and more) that you might hear in Tuna, Texas during the holidays! You will need a free Spotify account to listen to this playlist.

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