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Jaston Williams
Before 'Tuna,' he rode with 'Maid Marian in a Stolen Car'
"...Jaston Williams has stories like West Texas has sand –..."

Aug. 28, 2014 Arts Post by Robert Faires

The Secret History of Tuna
Tuna isn't the only Texas town with which actor-writers Jaston Williams and Joe Sears can be closely identified. Austin has played a significant role in the development of their town, and in return Sears and Williams have changed the face of the capital city.
"...much sums up the careers of Joe Sears and Jaston Williams, at least for most of their audience, who..."

April 12, 2002 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Tru Artistry
With Jay Presson Allen's Tru, performer Jaston Williams takes a vacation from the little town of Tuna, Texas, with which he is so closely identified, to portray celebrated writer Truman Capote, and in the process reminds us what an actor of range and skill he is.
"...can see where this would be a problem for Jaston Williams. In 1981, he and Joe Sears launched a..."

Sept. 22, 2000 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Storyteller
Nobody spins a yarn like Jaston Williams
"...Midway through lunch, Jaston Williams mentions the essay in Pentimento in which Lillian..."

Oct. 8, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Telling His Own Story Fearlessly
With his theatrical memoir "I'm Not Lying," Jaston Williams proves there is more to the man than Tuna.
"...as a dozen others. Over the past 22 years, Jaston Williams has logged so much stage time playing these..."

Aug. 1, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Starting Over
For Tuna creators Jaston Williams and Joe Sears, the fourth time is the charm
"...White and Tuna premiered in 1998, Joe Sears and Jaston Williams had already been dishing up Tuna for 17..."

Oct. 26, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

'Is There Life After Lubbock?'
Jaston Williams, Joe Ely, and Jo Carol Pierce say, 'There is, there is'
"...What do Jaston Williams, Joe Ely, and Jo Carol Pierce have in..."

May 24, 2013 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

'Tuna' Surprise
Joe Sears and Jaston Williams to receive Texas Medal of Arts
"...damn!! – as gun-store owner Didi Snaveley would say. Jaston Williams and Joe Sears, the gents responsible for Didi..."

Jan. 16, 2013 Arts Post by Robert Faires

'Tuna Does Vegas'
New Tuna comedy does such brisk box office, one-week Paramount run extends to three
"...specifically, the kind cooked up by Joe Sears and Jaston Williams in their trilogy of comedies set in Texas'..."

Sept. 28, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Wind in Your Face
Jaston Williams explains why life in Lubbock blows
"...people. Tonight three escapees from that Panhandle purgatory – Jaston Williams, Joe Ely, and Jo Carol Pierce – try..."

May 28, 2013 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Life After Lubbock
Playwright Jaston Williams gathers his Lubbock musician pals
"...Jaston Williams remains best known around these parts for 1981..."

Feb. 19, 2014 Music Post by Jim Caligiuri

I'm Not Lying
You think you know who Jaston Williams is, but unless you've seen his autobiographical solo show I'm Not Lying, you don't. Not by a very long shot.
"...You probably know that Jaston Williams is one of the few legitimate "stars" of..."

Feb. 20, 2004 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

A Select Bibliography of Texas Plays
"...Joe Sears, Jaston Williams, and Ed Howard, Greater Tuna (1982)..."

July 2, 1999 Arts Feature

A Tuna Christmas
After 17 Decembers performing 'A Tuna Christmas' literally thousands of times all over the country, do the folks involved have some holiday tales to tell?
"...year since 1989, Austin's favorite sons, Joe Sears and Jaston Williams, have brought the second play in their Tuna..."

Dec. 30, 2005 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

A Tuna Almanac: Facts About the Shows and Their Creators
Facts about the Tuna shows and their creators, and a guide to the characters in the plays.
"...Jaston Williams grew up in Crosbyton, Texas, and attended San..."

April 12, 2002 Arts Feature

Alone Again, Unnaturally
The isolation of the lighthouse-bound old couple in Ionesco's The Chairs is supposed to be shattering, but while there are some startling images in the State Theater Company's polished and professional production, the terror of being alone takes a back seat to an effort to play the script's comedy.
"...the old man (portrayed with almost manic energy by Jaston Williams), an old woman (played by Karen Jones, matching..."

July 27, 2001 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Articulations
A scorecard of changes in the January arts calendar owing to, um, difficulties in the economy, as well as scheduling conflicts and new bookings.
"...citizens of Tuna, all embodied by Joe Sears and Jaston Williams, doing their Yuletide thang. A Tuna Christmas, originally..."

Dec. 6, 2002 Arts Column by Robert Faires

If It's Summer, It Must Be Shakespeare
Summer is the time for Shakespeare, so naturally here are a couple of the Bard's plays being staged in the Austin area -- Julius Caesar from the Austin Shakespeare Festival and Two Gentlemen of Verona from Different Stages -- and directors Paul Norton and Norman Blumensaadt to explain how they came to produce them this season.
"...it; they're going to do a one-man show with Jaston Williams. Then no, Jaston Williams is going to do..."

June 27, 2003 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Cowboy Noises
Jaston Williams' tales from his life are heartwarming and surprisingly poetic
"...Enter Jaston Williams, of Greater Tuna fame, who looks along the..."

Oct. 15, 2010 Arts Review by Avimaan Syam

The Foreigner
What makes this production of The Foreigner such a joy is seeing those familiar faces from the Greater Tuna franchise working together so sharply for such an appreciative audience
"...for this touring production, led by local theatre luminaries Jaston Williams and Joe Sears, who play Charlie and Betty..."

April 9, 2004 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Trip to Bountiful
The Third Visit to Tuna Still Yields a Profusion of Delights
"...Joe Sears (left) as Aunt Pearl Burras and Jaston Williams as Vera Carp...."

May 15, 1998 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Articulations
The Texas Commission for the Arts gives Austinites a chance to see the state's best artists for free, and praise from the out-of-town press for local playwrights Cyndi Williams and Joe Sears and Jaston Williams
"...Playwright Cyndi Williams (named "Best Theatre Den Mother" in the "Best of..."

Aug. 2, 2002 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Articulations
Liz Smith writes up Zach Scott, Jaston Williams plans new acting projects, and ArtPlex undergoes a name change.
"...Among the stage stars on hand was Tru himself, Jaston Williams, taking a brief break from spring tour duties..."

March 23, 2001 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Our Town, Our Time
Zachary Scott Theatre Center's production of The Laramie Project retells the story of Matthew Shepard's murder in a compelling, heartfelt way, but it also tells a town's story and gives us the opportunity to see our town in its reflection.
"...Matt's death, his conscience and compassion shining forth in Jaston Williams' soft voice and caring eyes. In a touching..."

March 15, 2002 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Tuna Does Vegas
Taking the Tuna crew to Sin City was a huge gamble, but we end up bigger winners than losers
"...of town is actually quite a gamble for creators Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard. Without Tuna itself..."

Nov. 2, 2007 Arts Review by Robert Faires

All Over Creation: I Was Meant for the Stage
To learn which actors were destined for the theatre, watch how they hold the stage alone
"...whom it's second nature. Reck is one. Another is Jaston Williams, who, while Reck was transfixing viewers at Salvage..."

Oct. 3, 2014 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Our Town
This staging of the classic play reveals it is still the microcosm of American life
"...committed, certain performances stand out, none more so than Jaston Williams as the Stage Manager. Wilder was one of..."

May 7, 2010 Arts Review by Barry Pineo

State Theater Company: Kanoff Terminated
Just two weeks into what was to be his sixth season with the State Theater Company, Scott Kanoff was booted from his job as producing artistic director
"...that much magic. The closest came in 2004 with Jaston Williams' stage memoir I'm Not Lying, which enjoyed repeat..."

Oct. 28, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Articulations
Ridiculous Theatre Company's Everett Quinton comes to Austin to do a "twisted" version of Oliver! for Zach, Ballet Austin gets in touch with New York, and honors for painter Michael Ray Charles and Austin Babtist Women.
"...Twist-ed Re: 'Placement' When scheduling conflicts led Jaston Williams, the noted actor from the Tuna trilogy, The..."

Jan. 3, 2003 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Under-Stated
"...Jones as a major talent on par with Tennessee Williams. That grand embrace didn't extend to Broadway, where the..."

July 2, 1999 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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