The Star-Spangled Girl Opens June 17th

The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) and TLC Federal Credit Union are pleased to bring the production of Neil Simon’s The Star-Spangled Girl to Tillamook. Set in San Francisco in the late 1960s, The Star-Spangled Girl tells the story of two struggling writers, portrayed by Sam Kuzma and Steele Fleisher, who are trying to keep their underground political protest newspaper Fallout Magazine afloat. With the motto of “A Remedy for a Sick Society”, their goal is to expose government conspiracies and wrongdoings. An all-American girl, portrayed by Chey Kuzma, has just moved into their building and is about to turn their worlds upside down. Love and politics dance together in this clever and witty play written by one of America’s best-known and well-loved playwrights.

The director of The Star-Spangled Girl is Robert Buckingham, who directed 2009’s satirical thriller, Murder by the Book and 2010’s unsettling drama, The Beauty Queen of Leenane. “It’s refreshing to direct a comedy of this caliber. Community theaters across the country have discovered this gem and it has played to packed houses everywhere. As most of us know, the 1960s was a tumultuous decade leaving Americans weary of government, questioning authority, and searching for an identity, while still celebrating our freedom, admiring our foundation as a country, and looking toward the future with hope and optimism, not at all unlike today. There are similarities between the 1960s and our current state of politics so I feel that while The Star-Spangled Girl is set fifty years ago, it’s still quite relevant. I’m thrilled to bring this hilariously charming play to Tillamook and I hope that audiences love it as much as I do,” says Robert.

Performances will be held at the Barn Commu¬nity Playhouse at 12th and Ivy in Tillamook at 7:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays from June 17 through July 2 with one matinee on Sunday, June 26 at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and students, and a family four-pack can be pur¬chased for $35. Reservations and advanced ticket sales are available at Diamond Art Jewelers; please call (503) 842-7940. Doors open a half hour prior to curtain. For more information please visit or email

TAPA will host an Opening Night Champagne Gala prior to the first performance of The Star-Spangled Girl, June 17, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the Barn Community Playhouse. The purchase of a ticket includes one complimentary beverage on opening night only. Please join us in celebrating the beginning of what we are sure will be another fantastic run of quality theater here in Tillamook County.