Get ready to laugh, and laugh some more!  Meet the Turpins, a good Southern Family living in Lula, Mississippi and parts nearby.  Sadly, the Patriarch of their family has passed away and the family, along with some hilarious friends, finds themselves gathering to lay poor Bud to rest. 

Like all families, though, they have their quirks, their ups and their downs and their black sheep.   Junior's parking lot machine business has gone belly up, Suzanne wants to be a singer, Royce just lost his job at the sewage plant, Norval is covered in mosquito bites, Pastor Hooker visited the Mexican food restaurant in Timson and the food didn't "set too well."  Aunt Marguerite is busy with her missionary work, and Raynelle can't find her scissors! 

Join us for this hilarious southern comedy that will leave you rolling in the aisles.  When you're down there, though, watch out for Junior's parking lot machine!

Online reserved tickets: $10 adults, $5 students (Randolph staff and faculty are admitted free). 

Day of tickets:$15 adults and $10 students. 

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Dearly Departed

David Bottrel

Jessie Jones

In the 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; 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.

Produced in special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. 

October 20-22, 2017
Thurber Fine Arts Center
4915 Garth Road
Huntsville, AL 35802

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