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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

'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

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

'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

'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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top 10 Reasons (+3) I Stayed in Love With Theatre in 2014
Valentines to theatre and comedic craft played a large part in making 2014 a memorable year in theatre
"...8) MAID MARIAN IN A STOLEN CAR (Zach Theatre) Jaston Williams' latest self-penned solo show paid tender tribute to..."

Jan. 2, 2015 Arts Feature 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

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
This play abounds in comic riffs on Chekhov, but it also taps the vein of human frailty in his work
"...sense of being undeserving, and it seizes the heart. Jaston Williams' Vanya maintains a soft-spoken equanimity even through his..."

June 20, 2014 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Top 10 Reasons I Stayed in Love With Theatre in 2013
Austin thespians played for keeps, with boundless commitment and imagination, in the year's most memorable theatre
"...prodigious gifts giving themselves over completely to their subjects: Jaston Williams to Truman Capote, his portrait deepened by time..."

Jan. 3, 2014 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Abracadabra
Steve Miller brings the magic at Texas Medal of Arts
"...still virtuosic in their own ways were hometown heroes Jaston Williams and Joe Sears, receiving a medal together for..."

March 6, 2013 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Tru
The fascinating character of Truman Capote drives this thoughtful evening of theatre
"...that made Capote so fascinating, if not always likable. Jaston Williams plays Capote in all his glory, and it's..."

Jan. 25, 2013 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

All Over Creation: Who's on First?
Are we looking at the wrong statistics for measuring a win in the arts?
"...Symphony or some ref declares either Joe Sears or Jaston Williams the victor after each performance of A Tuna..."

Nov. 11, 2011 Arts Column by Robert Faires

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

Harvey Pekar and Bob Swain
Remembering the man behind American Splendor and the local theatre director
"...co-founded the First Repertory Company, where he worked with Jaston Williams and Joe Sears early in their careers. Moving..."

July 16, 2010 Arts Feature 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

Zach Theatre
The theatre is giving away a free wedding to some homegrown George and Emily
"...Marco Perella, Scotty Roberts, and, as the Stage Manager, Jaston Williams (Greater Tuna, The Laramie Project, Tru). Artistic Director..."

March 26, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

'The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later'
Zach Theatre joins a national presentation of the epilogue to The Laramie Project
"...original all-star cast from Zach's award-winning 2002 production, including Jaston Williams, Sarah Richardson, Martin Burke, Jenny Larson, Janelle Buchanan,..."

Oct. 9, 2009 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

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