Actor and playwright Jaston Williams is no stranger to The Grand 1894 Opera House or the Houston-area thanks to his work with fellow actor Joe Sears in the "Greater Tuna" series of plays. He returns to the venue in a one-man show titled "Camping With Gasoline."
Williams has worked as a stage actor over a period of four decades and has tackled the works of Shakespeare, Wilder and Sondheim. He has won his share of awards including the Texas Governors Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts by a Native Texan.
"There's a sense of responsibility and performing for a live audience, which is the most exciting thing in the world with me because, you know, if you're filming something and you mess it up, you can go back and get it right," said Williams in an interview on FOX 26 Morning News. "And if you're performing, you've got to get it right every time."
"I just love dealing with an audience, and especially a Texas audience," added Williams. "There's nothing like it."
Williams admits that "Camping With Gasoline" is chock full of Texas characters. He will interpret those characters during two shows at The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston on Saturday, June 16.
In addition to completing his tour of Texas and Los Angeles, Calif. performing "Camping With Gasoline," he is also co-producing and performing the narration for a documentary about the water crisis in Texas titled "It's Not Oil, It's Water!" The documentary project will be filmed during the latter part of the summer.
Williams is also in the process of writing a novel set in the Texas Panhandle. He dedicated "Camping With Gasoline" the memory of Texas humorist and friend Cactus Pryor.