Dixie Longate, a character created by actor Kris Andersson, has appeared in popular engagements of the show on the West Coast. The naughty theatrical experience mixes interactive sales-pitch with a genuine Tupperware sale.
Dixie's Tupperware Party is "a mix of fast-paced jokes, hard-hitting insights, and ridiculous improvisation," according to production notes. Response has been so hot in California that shows are sold out months in advance "by eager partygoers waiting for their turn to see Dixie's unique take on the traditional '50s Tupperware Party."
The one-woman tour-de-force was featured on a London talk show where Dixie was so convincing she ended up selling almost $700 worth of plastic to the crew.
The adult content of the performance makes the show "not like your momma's Tupperware party." Thomas Caruso directs the Fringe show, at the Plaza Cafe at Pace University.
According to her partly fictional bio, "Her show will be exactly what the title, Dixie's Tupperware Party implies: an actual, honest-to-goodness, straight-from-the living-rooms of Middle America, Tupperware party. Catalogs will be handed out, bowls will be demonstrated, and seals will be burped. But Dixie's personal take on Tupperware is like no other. Crowds will be laughing till they cry, rolling in the aisles, and maybe, just maybe, experiencing a wee wee or two. "Dixie gives a brand new spin to the traditional home party experience. She's a lot country, and even more Rock and Roll. Having started three years ago in Los Angeles after fleeing her native Mobile, Alabama, Miss Longate has risen through the ranks of the Orlando-based company to become the number one personal seller of the world famous bowls and plastic ware in the entire United States (and parts of Canada and Guam. Hey, they need food storage too.) For the past three years, Dixie has dominated the awards ceremonies at Jubilee, the National Tupperware Convention, held yearly during the late summer."
The bio continues, "After 18 failed marriages and several run-ins with the law that are all part of the public record, Miss Longate was encouraged by her parole officer to make a change of scenery and to enter into the fray of a home-based business in order to gain a solid footing with the judge in order for the courts to return custody to her of her three children: Dwayne, Wynona, and little Absorbine Jr. Through plastic, she teaches many valuable lessons to her offspring about teen pregnancy, staying away from drugs, and why a trailer is a truly comfortable and practical place to live."
Performances of Dixie's Tupperware Party play The Plaza Cafe at Pace University, 3 Spruce Street Aug. 14 at noon, Aug. 15 at 10:15 PM, Aug. 17 at 7:15 PM, Aug. 22 at 7:15 PM, Aug. 25 at 6:45 PM, Aug. 27 at 3 PM, Aug. 28 at 4:45 PM.
All tickets are $15. For information, visit www.FringeNYC.org or call (212) 279-4488. For more information, visit www.DixieLongate.com.