N.C. A&T’s Theatre Arts Program Presents “Dearly Departed”

EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (Oct. 13, 2022) – North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s Theatre Arts Program will present “Dearly Departed,” a comedy about death, written by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones and directed by Miller Lucky Jr.

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. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father’s funeral, the Turpins’ other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion.

First-born Ray-Bud drinks himself silly as the funeral bills mount; Junior, the younger son, is juggling financial ruin, a pack of no-neck monster kids, and a wife who suspects him of infidelity in the family car; their spinster sister, Delightful, copes with death as she does life – by devouring junk food; and all the neighbors add more than two cents. As the situation becomes fraught with mishap, Ray-Bud says to his long-suffering wife, “When I die, don’t tell nobody. Just bury me in the backyard and tell everybody I left you.”

Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need, and finally, the funeral.

Performance dates and times:

Thursday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 22, at 3 and 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 23, at 3 p.m.


Paul Robeson Theatre on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University


Adults - $17

Senior citizens & non-A&T Students - $11

Children 12 and younger - $6

A&T Students - Free with Aggie One Card

For tickets, call (336) 334-7749 or visit www.ncataggies.com.

About North Carolina A&T State University - North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is the nation’s largest historically Black university, as well as its top ranked (Money magazine, Best Colleges). It is a land-grant, doctoral university, classified as “high research” by the Carnegie Foundation and a constituent member of the University of North Carolina System. A&T is known for its leadership in producing graduates in engineering, agriculture and other STEM fields. The university was founded in 1891 and is located in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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