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Daddy's Dyin' Who's Got the Will? - Full Length Play, Comedy

Daddy's Dyin' Who's Got the Will?

Del Shores

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Full Length Play, Comedy

3m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573660450

"Set in a small Texas town in anytime, U.S.A., Daddy's Dyin' concerns the reunion of a family gathered to await the imminent death of their patriarch, who has recently suffered a physically as well as mentally disabling stroke. In essence, h…

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Settings Of Play - The action of the play takes place in the living room! dining area of the Turnover farmhouse, one-half mile outside of Lowake (pronounced Lo-way-kee), Texas.

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Set in a small Texas town in anytime, U.S.A., Daddy's Dyin' concerns the reunion of a family gathered to await the imminent death of their patriarch, who has recently suffered a physically as well as mentally disabling stroke. In essence, however, it is not the story of the impending demise of the father or of the drafting of his will, but of a rebirth of the spirit of the family unit. Without becoming ponderous, losing a sense of humor or pandering to timeworn cliches about Texans or Texas drawls, the story shares many elements of a good summer novel: it's a fast, delicious, easy read with funny moments, tense moments, touching moments, and characters you care about.-The Hollywood Reporter
"Set in a small Texas town in anytime, U.S.A., Daddy's Dyin' concerns the reunion of a family gathered to await the imminent death of their patriarch, who has recently suffered a physically as well as mentally disabling stroke. In essence, however, it is not the story of the impending demise of the father or of the drafting of his will, but of a rebirth of the spirit of the family unit. Without becoming ponderous, losing a sense of humor or pandering to timeworn cliches about Texans or Texas drawls, the story shares many elements of a good summer novel: it's a fast, delicious, easy read with funny moments, tense moments, touching moments, and characters you care about." -The Hollywood Reporter

"A masterful comedy."-Variety

"A well written piece of mainstream theatre that's consistently funny and occasionally touching."-The Los Angeles Times

"A knockout."-L.A. Weekly

DADDY'S DYIN' (WHO'S GOT THE WILL?) was originally produced by Rex Knowles and Del Shores in association with Jeff Murray and Nicolette Chaffey for Theatre/Theater in Hollywood, California, February 7, 1987. It was directed by Sherry Landrum.
Characters

CASTING

3m, 5f

CASTING NOTES

AUTHOR'S NOTE: These people are real, not cartoons. It's easy to go for the laughs, it's harder to strive for the truth.

SARA LEE TURNOVER, 36, the middle sister. Twenty pounds overweight, the town beautician, sports a bleached beehive. Single and still lives at home. Strong-willed and has a wonderful sense of humor.

LURLENE TURNOVER ROGERS, 42, the oldest sister. A preacher's wife and elementary school teacher. Attractive, stylish, very Christian-but she has a bite.

MAMA WHEELIS, 80, the Turnover children's grand mother. She's fiesty, speaks her mind, and rules the household.

EVALITA TURNOVER, 35, the youngest sister. Six-times married, loves to shock her family. She was a beauty-and still is from a distance. Has a worn look about her. A wounded soul.

HARMONY RHODES, 36, Evalita's latest fiance. A musician and vegetarian. Attractive, tan, off-beat, long curly hair. Looks like Jesus with earrings. Has a past.

ORVILLE TURNOVER, 38, the brother. Fat, abusive, unhappy and mean. A redneck trash collector.

BUFORD "DADDY" TURNOVER, 67, the father. A stroke victim. Partially paralyzed on his left side, but can walk with a slight limp. Has occasional moments of coherency.

MARLENE TURNOVER, 36, Orville's wife. Temporarily overweight. A constant victim of Orville's abuse. However, losing. sixty-two pounds can boost a girl's confidence. 

Author
Del Shores

Del Shores

DEL SHORES (Writer, Director, Producer) STAGE: Cheatin’ (1984), Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got The Will?) (1987), Daughters of the Lone Star State (1993), Sordid Lives (1996), Southern Baptist Sissies (2000), The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife (2003) and Yellow (2010). Theatre awards and nominations: Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle, Ovation, GLAAD, Back Stage West Garland, ... view full profile

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Cynthia Sanders 9/23/2016 12:24 PM
This is a perennial favorite all over the country and probably the most often produced of Del Shores' plays. Rolling-on-the-floor funny and also touching and thought provoking. Audiences will come to see it over and over. I had the privilege of playing Mama Wheelis when the author was in the audience, and it was one of my most satisfying roles. She and almost all the other characters are based on real people and they are fully dimensional and believable. Suitable for all audiences.
Cindi Bullard 9/22/2016 10:27 PM
Great play.  Can't wait to perform in this. So funny
Keith Proctor 9/11/2013 4:54 PM
Del Shores has brought home a dysfunctional family to be brought to life onstage with laughter and tears, anger and jealousy.  Daddy's Dyin' is a hoot and a holler to perform and watch.

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