Towne Players of Garner: Dearly Departed

  • Dates: October 19, 2018 - October 27, 2018
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Venue: Garner Performing Arts Center
  • Location: Garner
  • Address: 742 W. Garner Rd., Garner, NC 27529
  • Phone: 919.661.4602
  • Times: 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
  • Admission: $15 8pm performances; $12 2pm performances

About

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. The play is written by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones.