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Comedy “Dearly Departed” Presented Oct. 9-13 at Appalachian

BOONE–Come prepared for laughs when a dysfunctional Southern family loses a family member in “Dearly Departed” written by Kentucky-born actors David Bottrell and Jessie Jones.

The play, presented by Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance, runs Oct. 9-12 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2 and 8 p.m. All shows are in Valborg Theatre. Tickets are $10 general admission and $6 for students. For reservations and information, call the Valborg Theatre Box Office at (828) 262-3063.

When Daddy Bud Turpin drops dead at the table, things look bleak for the Turpin family. There are funeral arrangements to complete, threats of domestic violence, suspicions of infidelity and a whole slew of family dysfunctions.

Little does Daddy Bud know he’s the lucky one in this irreverent, dark comedy about family, faith and fooling around in the South. Complications galore garnish “Dearly Departed,” which follows the Turpin family’s trials and tribulations as they try to guide their patriarch to his final resting place.

What is served up before the service is a funeral banquet of affectionate laughs, with bites of satire and religious humor, promising belly laughs that stick to your ribs.

Joel Williams, associate professor of theatre, directs “Dearly Departed.” The play features a cast of 15 student actors including theatre education majors Kirk Dickens as Ray Bud and Shelby Jennings as Raynelle.

Nancy Critcher designed costumes and Lauren Eller designed the sets.