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Arts & Entertainment ‘Dearly Departed’ at the Peacock Playhouse

Pictured (L-R) are cast members Tom DeBell, Karen Zangara, BJ McFalls, Jess Lovin, Heather Poole, Betty Rowland and Jeremy Bonilla.Licklog Players will present a production of the comedy “Dearly Departed,” a play about the beleaguered Turpin family who prove that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious.

The play will be staged Friday through Sunday, May 27-29 and June 3-5, at the Peacock Playhouse in Hayesville. The curtain rises at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2:30 p.m., Sunday.

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, played by Tom DeBell, drinks himself silly as the funeral bills mount; younger son, Junior, played by Karl Snow, is juggling financial ruin, a pack of no-neck monster kids, and a wife, played by Jess Lovin, who suspects him of infidelity in the family car; their spinster sister, Delightful, played by Alexis Chris, copes with death as she does life, by devouring junk food; and all the neighbors add more than their two cents.

As the situation escalates, Ray-Bud says to his long-suffering wife, played by Lisa Maliska, “When I die, don’t tell nobody. Just bury me in the backyard and tell everybody I left you.”

Other zany cast members include: David Layfield, Karen Zangara, Heather Poole, Jeremy Bonilla, Betty Rowland, Wayne Roshaven, John Simonelli, Paula Pendergrass and Kay Thomas, who will also stage manage. BJ McFalls is the Assistant Director and Vianne Payne is the director.

Tickets for this drop-dead funny comedy by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones are on sale now. General admission tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for students. Tickets are available at the box office Monday through Friday, with new hours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and one hour prior to the performance. For more information, call (828)389-8632 or visit www.licklogplayers.org.


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