Dearly Departed

Season: 2011 Main Stage Season

Author: David Bottrell and Jessie Jones

Director: Leslie Kimbell

Genre: Southern Comedy

Location: Colleen O. Williams Theater


PER DRAMATISTS PLAY SERVICE, 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.

Show Dates

  • February 25, 2011 7:30 pm
  • February 26, 2011 7:30 pm
  • February 27, 2011 3:00 pm
  • March 4, 2011 7:30 pm
  • March 5, 2011 7:30 pm
  • March 6, 2011 3:00 pm

Audition Dates

  • December 12, 2010 6:00 pm
  • December 13, 2010 7:00 pm

Audition Details


Bud Turpin, Age 60+ Non Speaking Role
Raynelle His Wife, Age 60+
Marguerite, Bud's Sister - Age 60+
Royce, Her Son - Age 25 - 35
Ray-Bud, Bud and Raynelle's Son - Age 30 - 40
Lucille, His Wife - Age 30 - 40
Junior, Bud and Raynelle's Other Son - Age 30 - 40
Suzanne, His Wife - Age 30 - 40
Rev. BH Hooker, Age 35 - 70
Delightful, Bud's Only Daughter - Plus Size Girl Age - 18 - 35
Veda, An Elderly Woman - Age 60 +
Norval, Her Husband - Age 60+
Nadine, A Young Woman - Age 20 - 35
Clyde, A Friend - Age 30+
Juanita, A Cousin By Marriage - Age 30+

The Joy of Life Singers - Male/Female roles available up to 5 people of any age - small singing role


Community Service Recipient

The Peace Place

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