Dearly Departed

The Winder-Barrow Community Theatre presents Dearly Departed, a comedy about the fascinating family and unnerving events immediately instigated by the sudden demise of Bud Turpin. The play is set in a Southern small town in the 1970s.

I play a lesser yet profound role, namely that of Clyde, the proprietor of Clyde's Auto Repair and Body Shop. His kindness, understanding, and savvy of the world are made manifest as he consoles Ray, his grieving employee whom he offers consolation and assistance in handling of matters regarding the death.

What? Dearly Departed, a play by David Bottrell & Jessie Jones
When? Friday, 25 February 2011, 7:30 p.m. E.S.T.
Saturday, 26 February 2011, 7:30 p.m. E.S.T.
Sunday, 27 February 2011, 3:00 p.m. E.S.T.
Friday, 4 March 2011, 7:30 p.m. E.S.T.
Saturday, 5 March 2011, 7:30 p.m. E.S.T.
Sunday, 6 March 2011, 3:00 p.m. E.S.T.
Where? Colleen O. Williams Theater
105 East Athens Street
Winder, Georgia 30680
How much? Admission at the door is $15 or $13 for old people (at least 55 years old), students and teachers. If you procure your ticket in advance at Winder City Hall, 45 East Athens Street, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, there is a discounted price of $12.50 or $10 for the elderly, students, and teachers. I think you can also call on the phone and pay with a credit card to get the advanced rate, but my understanding is that the fee for using a credit card is greater than the discount for getting an advanced ticket, so you might as well just get your ticket at the door. Of course, my friends can just e-mail or call me ahead of time, and I'll arrange your tickets.
Who can come? Anybody who is rich enough to pay the admission, able to travel to Winder, Georgia, has the time to devote for attendance, and can maintain a reasonably civil behaviour during one of the scheduled performances.

Of course this is acting, and I would not want anyone to believe that Clyde's behaviour and word choice correspond to my own or would be suitable to a gentleman of my societal standing. However, Clyde and I do share a common knack for creative problem solving, albeit the precise techniques we employ seem to differ, stemming from our differing political views on respect for the authority of law.

If this production were a film, it might be rated PG or PG-13 for minor vulgar language and the antics of Junior, et al.

I cannot guarantee that you'll love this play — you might enjoy it tremendously but you equally as well might be thoroughly enraged and disgusted at it. If you aren't intimate with the the culture of Dixie, you might be bewildered and just think everybody's crazy.

By a "lesser" rôle, I mean that I only appear in two scenes, one of which I don't have any spoken lines.

For the cast listing and additional information, consult the theatre's official blurb. Produced by special arrangment with Dramatists Play Service, New York City.

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