Dessert Theater: "Dearly Departed" (a comedy) written by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones
THREE PERFORMANCES (please select the date you wish to purchase tickets for from the drop-down menu):
Friday, April 22nd at 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 23rd at 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 24th at 2:30 pm
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.
Attendees are invited to a dessert reception upstairs following the performance during which they can mingle with the cast. Desserts are generously provided by the Smyrna Opera House Guild.
This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.
Smyrna Opera House (View)
7 West South Street
Smyrna, DE 19977
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|