By David Bottrell and Jessie Jones
Directed by Jo Durst
June 5, 6, 7, 8 and 12, 13, 14, and15, 1997
The Playhouse on Main
Featuring – Kyle Clark, Christina Collins, Debbie Dunaway, Tristan Durst, M. J. Etua, Madeline Golden, Michael Gray, Matt Hawkins, Diane L. Heim, Dana Lee, Eric Miller, Cheril Nolan, Clay Payne, Sarah Ward, Christian Waldhalm, and Jerry Wolf
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: first-born 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 2 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.