Production

Dearly Departed
written by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones

Dearly Departed

directed for PTAG by Debra Dinsmore

In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father's funeral, the Turpin's other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion: Firstborn Ray-Bud drinks himself silly as the funeral bills mount; Junior, the younger son, is juggling financial ruin, a pack of no-neck monster kids, and a wife who suspects him of infidelity in the family car; their spinster sister, Delightful, copes with death as she does life, by devouring junk food; and all the neighbors add more than two cents. As the situation becomes fraught with mishap, Ray-Bud says to his long-suffering wife, "When I die, don't tell nobody. Just bury me in the backyard and tell everybody I left you." Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need, and finally, the funeral.

Cast

Bud Turpin.....an elderly man......        ?       

Raynelle....... his wife.............Sandy Winger

Ray-Bud........their son.............Jef Dinsmore

Lucille.......... his wife......Kathy S. Dinsmore

Junior...........their other son  ........Doug Fye

Suzanne.......his wife............Morgan Barrett

Marguerite....Bud's sister.........Tracey Young

Royce..........her son.................Will Weimer

                   Delightful....Bud & Raynelle's daughter...Mallory Croasman

Reverend Hooker................Josh Widdowson

Veda...........an elderly woman....Alice Morris

Norval.........her husband.........Joe Crissman

Nadine........a young woman....Julia Kachmar

Clyde..........a friend...............Gene Roberts

           Juanita.......a cousin by marriage...Gayle B. Gigliotti

The Joy of Life Singers......Nicole Battestilli,

                                  Michael Depp-Hutchinson,

                                  Nikki Williams

   It was staged March 2,3,  9, 10, 2007 at 7:30pm at the Punxsutawney Area Middle School. There was also a matinee performance on March 4, 2206 beginning at 2:00pm. Assisting was Stage Manager Matt Dinsmore. This production was arranged with special arragenments with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.


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