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.
DEC 2- 4
We are presenting a lineup exclusively of Atlanta and Georgia-based writers who are also making a mark on the national scene.
The event is free. Registration is highly recommended. Book early, the event could sell out. Actor's Express is a General Admission house. Seating is first come, first served.
The Flower Room by Daryl Lisa Fazio
When an uptight academic loses her job teaching primitive sexual behavior, she explores a new career of writing erotica. Will her own stunted sexuality finally break free?
Southern Haunt by Kathryn Walat
In a Savannah dive bar, a one-night stand between a local bartender and an out-of-towner unearths deep-rooted secrets – and maybe even a few ghosts – in this erotically charged Southern Gothic story.
What’s Past by Jessica De Maria and Chase Peacock
In this brand new musical, follow a pair of extraordinary siblings on a journey through time and memory as they unravel the myster of their parents’ death while untangling the mystery of their own identities.
Coyote Hour by Margaret Baldwin
Amid reports of local coyotes roaming her Atlanta neighborhood, Annie sets out to get to the bottom of the unwelcome invaders, all the while dealing with recent loss.
I'm currently directing "The Colored Museum" at Tri-Cities High School Visual and Performing Arts Magnet. This powerful satire takes no prisoners defining and redefining what it mean to be black in contemporary American. Come laugh, cry and be amazed by the work of these young artists.