Focus on Community/Arts
Daddy's Dyin', Who's Got the Will Opens at Chesapeake

Posted on Monday, April 10, 2006

Orville (Patrick Thomas) and his sisters Lurlene (Bethany Price) and Sara Lee (Maggie Small) examine the contents of Daddy´s strongbox as Evalita (Becca Barringer) and Mama Wheelis (Nancy Caldeira) look on. 

WYE MILLS - Buford Turnover, patriarch of the Turnover clan, is soon to meet his maker, and his dysfunctional family is gathering at the family homestead in small-town Lowake, Texas, to await the event and divvy up the cash. These are the unlikely makings of Del Shores´ hilarious comedy, Daddy´s Dyin´, Who´s Got the Will?, which opens at Chesapeake College on April 14th. The fourth offering in the Peake Players season-long Salute to the Lone Star State, Daddy´s Dyin´ is a heartwarming comedy about greed, conflict, family relationships, and, ultimately, about the love that binds a family together in spite of it all.

Buford´s four children are a motley crew. Sara Lee is the down-to-earth local hairdresser who has stayed at home to care for Daddy and the lovable Mama Wheelis. Lurlene, the oldest sister, has gone to college and become a respectable preacher´s wife. Orville is a stereotypical "good old boy" who works as a trash-collector and bullies his docile wife, Marlene, into submission. And Evalita, the youngest, is the black sheep of the family, a self-proclaimed country and western singer who has gone through six husbands and now sports a new boyfriend, a hippie musician named Harmony. While they all love Buford -- who tends to enjoy watching "midget rasslin´" on an imaginary TV set and see non-existent redheads in his bed -- some of them are more concerned with the location and contents of his missing will. The will is finally located and read, to the delight of some and the intense disappointment of others. Daddy´s Dyin´ points out the humor, pettiness, and ridiculousness of family greed, gives a heartwarming picture of family love, and offers an extremely satisfying ending, in which the virtuous are duly rewarded and the not-so-virtuous punished and reformed.

Dave "Bullet" Wooters plays the title role of Daddy (Buford Turnover) and Nancy Caldeira is the endearing grandmother, Mama Wheelis. The children are played by Maggie Small (Sara Lee), Bethany Price (Lurlene), Patrick Thomas (Orville), and Becca Barringer (Evalita). Erica Tecce appears as Orville´s wife Marlene and Matt Folker is Harmony, Evalita´s hippie boyfriend. The show is directed by Chesapeake College theatre professor Anita Livingston. Christine Weber serves as Assistant Director, and Michelle Hosgood is Stage Manager. Understudies, stage crew and tech crew include Cassi Ervin, Sarah Stauffer, Tony Jefferson, and Jon Hanbury.

Daddy´s Dyin´ will be performed April 14th and 15th at 7:30; April 20th, 21st, and 22nd at 7:30, and April 23rd at 2:30. (Note: There will not be a performance on Sunday, April 16th, which is Easter.) Tickets are $10 general admission and $8 for students and seniors. The production will be held in the Todd Performing Arts Center. Reservations are not required and tickets will be available at the door. For more information, call Anita Livingston at 410-822-5400, ext. 278.


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