Christopher Fry, an English playwright, wrote that “Comedy is an escape, not from the truth, but from despair: a narrow escape into faith. It believes in a universal cause for delight, even thought knowledge of the cause is always twitched away from under us, which leaves us to rest on our own buoyancy.  In tragedy every moment is eternity; in comedy eternity is a moment.  In tragedy we  suffer pain; in comedy pain is a fool, suffered gladly.”

The acts of smiling and laughing are states of being Tri-State has fostered since we began 30 years ago.  Comedy has sprouted at our theater in its various forms throughout our seasons and we are delighted to bring some of our comic moments to you.

SANTALAND DIARIES, by David Sedaris

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In December of 2002 we opened our then new space, the Crescent  Theatre,  with a comedy–SANTALAND DIARIES, by David  Sedaris,– and enjoyed it  so much that we produced it twice more as the seasons passed.
Ian August as the Elf (2003)

 

 

THE BIG BANG(Musical) by Jed Feuer and Boyd Graham(Season 2009)
The Cast):
Jed /SCOTTY WATSON*, Boyd/BILL EDWARDS* (* Denotes member, Actors’ Equity Association)

BIGBANGWEBPICBecause we are a small theatre company, we have always chosen to produce small musicals. Feuer and  Graham’s THE BIG BANG was a great choice as the music is fun and the play is hilarious. it was produced twiced by Tri-State, the first staging with Ian August and Eben Gordon. Our audiences loved it for its raucous humor and its return engagement was a even bigger laugh riot. It is staged as a backers’ audition for an 83.5 million dollar 12 hour stage history of the world:creation- present. Adam and Eve, Attila the Hun, Columbus among others give “investors” a taste of the impending extravaganza. The opulent Park Ave. apartment borrowed for the audition is trashed as the two actors snatch furnishings to create makeshift costumes while singing and clowing their way through funny creations of the past.  Bill Edwards and Scotty Watson became fast friends, forming a comedy team that performed many nights of laughter until Bill passed away in 2014. We all miss his fun and joy so much.


THE STAR-SPANGLED GIRL, by Neil Simon (Season 2008)

Neil Simon  is an American playwright, screenwriter and author. He has written more than 30 plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, mostly adaptations of his plays. He has received more combined Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer. During the 1960s to 1980s, he wrote both original screenplays and stage plays, with some films actually based on his plays. His style ranged from romantic comedy to farce to more serious dramatic comedy. Overall, he has garnered 17 Tony nominations and won three. During one season, he had four successful plays running on Broadway at the same time, and in 1983 became the only living playwright to have a New York theatre, the Neil Simon Theatre, named in his honor.

THE STAR-SPANGLED GIRL by Neil Simon
The Cast:
Andy/CLARK GOOKIN*, Norman/BILL EDWARDS*, Sophie/MISTY FOSTER ( *Members of Actors Equity Association)

SSGWebPicTHE STAR-SPANGLED GIRL is a dramatic comedy. The story is a love triangle, mixed with politics. Andy and Norman are roommates and radicals who barely make a living working on their magazine, Fallout, which is dedicated to fighting “the system” in America. Sophie, a former Olympic swimmer, is an all-American Southern girl who moves into the apartment next door. It’s love at first sight (or, as the play has it, first smell) for Norman, but his feelings are not reciprocated. Norman’s obsession with Sophie makes Andy hire her just to keep the magazine going. Then Sophie falls for Andy, though they are at odds politically, threatening to destroy the magazine and the men’s friendship.

 

 

 

 

GREATER TUNA by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, & Ed Howard (Season 2007)
The Cast:
BILL EDWARDS* as Didi Snavely, Harold Dean Lattimer, Petey Fisk, Jody Bumiller, Stanley Bumiller, Charlene Bumiller, Chad Hartford, Phinas Blye, Vera Carp — SCOTTY WATSON* as Elmer Watkins, Bertha Bumiller, Yippy, Leonard Childers, Pearl Burras, R.R. Snavely, Rev. Spikes, Sheriff Givens, Hank Bumiller (*Denotes member, Actors’ Equity Association)

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What can be said about GREATER TUNA? One of the most produced comedies in America, a sendup of today’s small town America, especially Texas. GT reveals every wacko character in this  made-up town and every cockamamie activity they indulge in. It is lunacy for laughs.
The great comic team of Bill Edwards and Scotty Watson performed together for the first
time  in our GREATER TUNA, and made this farce funnier and giddier than it ever was meant to be!