San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Written by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones
Directed by Cyndi Evans
Coming to the stage:
April 24, 25 & 26 & May 1, 2 & 3, 2014 at 8PM
April 27 and May 4, 2014 at 3PM
THE STORY: 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.
Not since STEEL MAGNOLIAS has a more colorful and dysfunctional group of Southern eccentrics gathered below the Mason-Dixon line. When the patriarch of the Turpin family keels over dead in the first scene, the struggle to get him buried involves the whole clan, including the not-so-grieving widow who wants to put “Mean and Surly” on the tombstone. “If you were amused by the kind of bucolic mayhem of…GREATER TUNA, this more ambitious trip down a rustic main street could be just your dish of cola.” —NY Post.
“Dearly Departed is drop dead funny.” —NY Daily News.
When & Where
The New Depot Players
The New Depot Players are Conyers’ Premiere Theatre Troupe, and the resident theatre company at Center Street Arts, home of the Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts. We produce a season of quality plays and musicals for youth and adults and are also dedicated to providing opportunities for the Conyers / Rockdale community to become involved in the artistic process—whether onstage, behind the scenes, in workshops or in the audience. Since 1976, The New Depot Players volunteers and patrons have been the backbone of the theatre’s success. Because of our commitment to quality and the vital community involvement, the theatre troupe has forged a remarkable legacy that continues to make a lasting impact on the community. Come and Play Your Part.