Belfast Maskers present 'Dearly Departed'

Sep 27, 2019
Photo by: Erica Rubin Irish Alison Cox and Tyler Johnstone in "Dearly Departed."

BELFAST — The Belfast Maskers production of the comedy "Dearly Departed" opens on Friday, Oct. 4, at the Basil Burwell Community Theater, 17 Court St. "Dearly Departed," written by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones, takes place 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. Not since "Steel Magnolias" has a more colorful and dysfunctional group of Southern eccentrics gathered below the Mason-Dixon line. When the patriarch of the Turpin family keels over dead in the first scene, the struggle to get him buried involves the whole clan, including the not-so-grieving widow who wants to put “Mean and Surly” on the tombstone. “Dearly Departed is drop dead funny.”- NY Daily News.

The cast includes Emily LeBlanc-McConnell, Mark Durbin, Erica Thompson, Cory Burns, Erica Rubin Irish, Greg Marsanskis, Tyler Johnstone, Alison Cox, Brian Ross, Aspen Jones, Andrea Butler, Chris Van Doren and Jakob Sutton. "Dearly Departed" is directed by Meg Nickerson.

Performances are Oct. 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 6 and 13 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and are available for purchase at belfastmaskers.com or at the door.

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