BELFAST — The Belfast Maskers announce the cast for the comedy, Dearly Departed, written by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones.
Dearly Departed 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, according to Maskers, in a news release. 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.
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 October 4,5,11,12 at 7 p.m.; and October 6, 13, at 3 p.m., at The Basil Burwell Community Theater, 17 Court St., Belfast.