The Arts Council of Appling County will present “Dearly Departed” March 15-17 at the Fine Arts Center. This dramatic play will be presented each night at 7:00. The local actors are Dusty Gres, Paul Bridges, Jo Ann Switzer, Joe Switzer, Julie Farmer, Joy Connelley, Graham Floyd, Angela Knott, Jamie Jacobs, Eunice Martin, Buddy Taylor, Erma Dougherty and Don Sears.
Dearly Departed is by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones and takes place in the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, where the beleaguered Turpin family prove 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 with 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.” Admidst 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.
Tickets in advance are $10.00, $15.00 at the door, $5.00 for students and kids under 5 are free. Advanced tickets available at Chamber of Commerce locations in Baxley, Hazlehurst and Alma.