Jaston Williams Returns to Galveston, This Time With a Stolen Car Story

Jaston Williams in overdrive
Jaston Williams in overdrive
Photo by Kirk Tuck

Jaston Williams of Greater Tuna fame is headed back to Galveston for three Thanksgiving weekend shows and in this case, the name of his latest one-man show - Maid Marian in a Stolen Car - isn't just a catchy title but an episode he's reliving from his own life.

Williams decided to do this quickly put together show after realizing, he said, "The theatrical life is more interesting than what you put on stage."

Basically, the highpoints of this story, which will be part of the two-act show, running about two hours with intermission, starts with our hero (Williams) somehow part of "a radical feminist theater company in New Mexico" in the 1970s.

They were doing a production of Robin Hood and the woman playing Maid Marion was, well, crazy, he said.

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Someone came up with the idea of them dressing up like clowns and go out to the town square to attract business.

So he jumps in the car with her and they're driving along when suddenly "she did a hard right and jumped the curb and tore through this vacant lot." Whereupon he asks her what's going on and she informs him the car they're riding in is stolen.

Williams says he also will trace through the brainstorming that led to the development of the Greater Tuna series of shows, as well as his start in musical theater - in the front yard of his family's home at age 6 singing "You Can't Get a Man With a Gun" after viewing Annie Get Your Gun.

The three performances of Maid Marian in a Stolen Car are scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday November 28 and 29 and 2 p.m. November 29 at The Grand 1984 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice Street, Galveston. For information visit the grand.com. $32-$45.

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