When: Aug. 19-20, 8 p.m., Sun., Aug. 21, 2:30 p.m. and Aug. 26-27, 8 p.m. 2011
In "Dupont, Mississippi", Verna Dewberry, the evil and dictatorial matriarch of the small town has "bought the farm", and her death is a joyous occasion for its citizens. Estelle Lock, the local Music Minister's wife who also plays the role of Mary, the Mama of Jesus in the Annual Star Spangled Jesus Cantata, will perhaps finally get into the Junior League; Martricia Scales, owner of the Curl Up and Dye Beauty Salon, will become an independent business woman; Coveta Phillips, Dupont's own June Cleaver who runs her own phone business will make the phone lines burn with productivity; Percy Felts, head Librarian of the Dewberry Library, will be able to put that book of Fairy Tales back on the shelf after Verna banned it because she thought it was about gay people; Joetta Ferguson, local town crazy who is convinced she is the next Priscilla Presley, but with bigger hair and heavier mascara, just might get to Graceland after all, and a host of other delightfully zany and eccentric characters. Can their friendships survive Verna's death as the one thing which held them together all these years, their mutual hatred of Verna, no longer exists? Told through a series of monologues and duet and group scenes, "Dupont, Mississippi" is a hilarious romp through Southern culture and is perfect for those who like to laugh until they cry. Mark Landon Smith has given us yet another wickedly funny script (breaking box office records at its world premiere), filled with unique characters, witty dialogue and one-line zingers. The play does contain adult language and situations "of the PG-13 variety".