Dearly Departed (2017)

Posted on: May 6, 2017


One hot morning, somewhere south of the Mason-Dixie Line, Bud Turpin drops dead at his breakfast table and his family has to come together for his funeral. Amid sibling rivalry, expensive funeral arrangements, marital infidelity and inspirational biblical interventions from Aunt Marguerite, Raynelle, the tight-lipped widow, plans her one act of revenge after more than thirty years of suppressed suffering. With her monosyllabic and junk food loving teenage daughter in tow, she explains her marital relationship to Reverend Hooker and then tells her family what she wants written on her husband’s tombstone. At the wake, a sorry bunch of neighbours, friends and acquaintances turn up, Suzanne finds out who her husband has been sleeping with and Royce gives some insights about life to a repentant Junior. Tension builds up as the funeral starts and everyone is anxiously waiting for the Reverend who celebrated his wedding anniversary with his wife at a new Mexican restaurant the night before….

The Play by David Bottrell & Jessie Jones

“Dearly Departed” premiered in New Haven Connecticut in 1991. That same year it received critical acclaim in its Off-Broadway opening at the Second Stage Theater in New York. “Dearly Departed” was then produced in Los Angeles where it received six Drama Logue Awards including “Best Production” and “Best Play Writing”.  It was subsequently published and has been produced in hundreds of regional theaters in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. The playwrights adapted the script for the 2001 Whoopi Goldberg film “Kingdom Come” which reportedly didn’t work as well as the play.

The English Drama Group Salzburg

The English Drama Group Salzburg is a project whose aim is to produce quality amateur theatrical productions in English in Salzburg. It offers participants (young and old, native and non-native speakers of English) a chance to work together on stage. the actors are not professionals and come from all walks of life. The EDGS is informal and friendly; age, sex or any other form of self definition is completely irrelevant as all we look for are persons with excellent English, lots of enthusiasm and a very high level of commitment and reliability. For more information about the   English Drama Group Salzburg please check our website  and like or our official Facebook page at “English Drama Group Salzburg” to be kept up to date about our future productions.


Cast of Dearly DepartedActed By
Raynelle (the mother)Sandra Pendlebury Laing
Ray-Bud (the firstborn)Benjamin Scherer
Lucille (his wife)Shalaine Schamrel
Junior (the younger son)Konstantin Beck-Mannagetta
Suzanne (his wife)Claire Glover
Delightful (the daughter)Desiree Frasnelli
Aunt MargueriteKimberley Scherer
Royce (her son)Wolfgang Schneeberger
Bud (the deceased)Michael Darmanin
Reverend Beverly HookerAlbert Ertl
Juanita (Former Yam Queen)Eva Nedwed
Veda ( Raynelle's friend)Katharina Enzinger
Norval ( Veda's Husband) Albert Ertl
Nadine (Lucille's friend)Heike Maria Wild
Oprah (Nadine's daughter)Barbara Scherer
Clyde (Ray-Bud's boss)Michael Darmanin
Radio DJSamuel Scherer
Joyous SingersAbbie Speller
Janna Ramos Violante
Vera Kern
Producer & DirectorMichael Darmanin
Assistant to DirectorDesireé Frasnelli
Set Lois Ellmauer
Costumes & Make-upHellmut Hölzl
Make-up AssistantsSylvia Sayer, Barbara Gräff
Lights & SoundGunther Seiser
Sound Design Wolfgang Schneeberger & Michael Darmanin
PropsElisabeth Enzinger
Poster DesignAlbert Ertl
Flyer & Programme TexterAndreas Schachermayr
PR, Website and Social MediaDesiree Frasnelli, Albert Ertl &
Benjamin Scherer, Ilse Lackenbauer
Backstage CrewPhilippos Ioannou, Benjamin Remmelberger,
Production PhotographyMartin Kremmel

English Drama Mini Festival

This year we had 2 special guest troops come and perform, one from Graz (The Pennyless Players performing Art) and the other from Munchen (Entity Theater performing Numbers).

Closing Words…

We would like to thank: our families and friends who have been very patient for the last 5 months or so,  the University of Salzburg for providing rehearsal rooms and support, especially Professor Hartmut Stöckl, Professor Sabine Coelsch-Foisner and Dr. Hanna Wallinger, and finally as always to our sponsors without whom none of this would be possible.


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