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Southern Fried Funeral Play

World Premier of “Southern Fried Funeral” Set for March 12-20

Trouble abounds and hilarity ensues when “Southern Fried Funeral” hits the stage at Bethlehem United Methodist Church , March 12-20.  The family-friendly comedy by noted playwrights Osborne and Eppler features local actresses Kandace Christian, Debbie Robinson and Lisha Pope (left to right in above photo).

Trouble abounds and hilarity ensues when the world premier of “Southern Fried Funeral” hits the stage March 12-20 at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Franklin ’s Grassland community off Hillsboro Road  near Cool Springs.

Celebrating its 13th year of exceptional family entertainment, the Bethlehem Players are staging their first world premier comedy written by noted playwrights Dietz Osborne and Nate Eppler according to BUMC Music and Arts Director Harry Robinson.

“Osborne and Eppler have developed a reputation of creating fresh comedies which are wildly popular with audiences at Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre.  We are thrilled that after a decade of presenting annual productions to packed audience of our own, the Bethlehem Players are branching out and taking on this hilarious new play ‘Southern Fried Funeral’ which pays homage to popular stories like ‘Steel Magnolias’ and ‘Fried Green Tomatoes,’” Robinson said.

Osborne says the comedic journey follows the Frye family “after the beloved patriarch dies leaving mamma with a broken down family and a house she loves and is about to lose.  There’s tell that Dewey just maybe won last week’s big jackpot. Before you know it, family and neighbors are coming out of the woodwork to pay their respects and claim their share of the prize. “

“Rich, southern comedies are a favorite genre for my writing partner, Nate Eppler, and myself after having appeared in plays like ‘Dearly Beloved’ and ‘Christmas Belles.’ The story of ‘Southern Fried Funeral’ reflects universal experiences and funerals and weddings bring out the best, the worst and the funniest in people.  I think audiences will really relate and enjoy taking a moment out of their busy lives for a laugh,” Osborne said.

Opening night for the world premier on March 12 includes the opportunity for a Patrons Party immediately following the play at $25.00 per person which includes a ticket to the play and the party at a Bethlehem Players’ patron’s home with the full cast and playwrights.

Tickets are available for March 12 – 20 for show only and/or dinner on nights when applicable. Shows only are March 12-13 and March 19-20 at 7 p.m. A box lunch matinee is March 14, at 12:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. show. Dinner shows are March 15, 16 and 18 with 4:30 p.m. dinner and 6 p.m. show with food by Barbara’s Restaurant.  Show only ticket prices:  $15 adults/$10 students. Dinner and Show ticket prices: $20 adults/$15 students.  Parties with 10 or more persons paying with one check get a 10% discount and may reserve their tickets today at 615-791-6456, ext. 2.

The Bethlehem Players are celebrating their 13th year of exceptional family.  entertainment staging productions in the Bethlehem Performing Arts Center, Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 2419 Bethlehem Loop Road, Franklin (37069), just outside of Cool Springs. The community theatre outreach program was founded in 1997 by Bethlehem UMC Music and Arts Director Harry Robinson . Since its inception, the Bethlehem Players have successfully staged for packed audiences “The Sound of Music,” “Father of the Bride,” “The Music Man,” “Fiddler On The Roof,” “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940,”  “Steel Magnolias,” “Arsenic and Old Lace”, “Meet Me in St. Louis,” “Neil Simon’s Rumors,” and “A Bad Year for Tomatoes.” For more information, visit