From the Daily World Preview Friday May 2, 2008
- Driftwood Players head south for laughter
- "DEARLY DEPARTED" A LIGHT-HEARTED LOOK AT ONE DYSFUNCTIONAL
- The Daily World
When Bud Turpin, patriarch of the Turpin family,
dies, his family comes together to pay their last respects.
But coming together and respect are not easy for the extremely
dysfunctional Turpin family, the center of events in "Dearly
Departed," a new production by the Driftwood Players that opens
7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Driftwood Playhouse in
Aberdeen. Directed by Kathe Rowe, the play is a light comedy in
two acts (and 17 scenes).
"It's the south of the Mason-Dixon Line," says Assistant
Director Debbie Scoones. "There's no sure reference to exactly
where it is, but it's definitely in the South, somewhere."
In an interesting twist, Scoones says the part of Bud Turpin,
who dies early on,
will be played by a different, well-known cameo performer in
each performance. She said the actors playing Turpin patriarch
come from the ranks of local politicians, veteran Driftwood
actors and other well-known local citizens.
"It's really about this family figuring out what they're going
to do when old Bud dies," Scoones said. "And while they're doing
it, all this dysfunction comes out in a funny way over the 17
Performance dates are May 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 with a
Sunday matinee on May 18. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. for all
shows, except the 1:30 p.m. matinee on May 18. Tickets are $10
and available at Valu-Drug in Montesano, Top Foods, City Center
Drug and Captain's Cove in Aberdeen, Harbor Drug in Hoquiam and
Our Place in Ocean Shores.
The cast is Judy Ball as Raynelle, Bryan Blackburn as Royce,
Louise Hoover as Marguerite, Katie O'Brian as Lucille, David
Foscue as Ray-Bud, Domini Sharp as Suzanne, Jason Whited as
Junior, Mike Sergeant as Reverend Hooker, Julayne Fleury as
Delightful, Betty Wyatt as Veda, Clyde Brown in dual roles as
Norman and Clyde, Stacy Murphy as Nadine and Marli Robison as