Alabama’s Official Folk Life Play
Recipient of the 2008 Governor’s Tourism Award
“Come Home, It’s Suppertime” will also give way to COVID-19 but we are planning a new Folk Life play for Spring 2021, titled “Well, It’s All Over Town”.
“Come Home, It’s Suppertime” will be back at the We Piddle Around Theater in November 2021, “Good Lord Willing and the creek don’t rise!”
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Perhaps you’ve heard your grandma tell stories about sittin’ up with the dead, about beatin’ the blackberry bushes to run off snakes or meetin’ the rollin’ store. Maybe you’ve heard your grandpa talk about hog killin’ time or fightin’ the demons of the cotton field, plowin’ behind a stubborn ol’ mule or makin’ moonshine whiskey. Well, when you “Come Home” to supper at the We Piddle Around Theater, you can pull up a chair, grab a chicken leg and a baked sweet tater and listen to a bushel of stories and tap your toes to the music ’til they’re just about too tired to walk you on home.
A little about our story folks –
The stories told in “Come Home, It’s Suppertime” are 100 percent true and performed as told by real-life characters who milled around our hometown during the days of the Great Depression and strowed around stories that have endured with time.
The characters in “Come Home” are composite characters – a little of one and a bit of another so they mix and blend to tell the story of the rural South during “Hard Times.” These are their stories, shared so they might be carried in your minds and hearts, as in ours.
“When I walked through to door of the We Piddle Around Theater, I knew immediately that I was going to experience something unique and something very special. The characters on stage, the stories, the music – everything was lovingly done. The folk life play was funny; it was sad; it was poignant; it was filled with local color. “Come Home, It’s Suppertime” is like basking in the mirror of the community where we have grown up. It’s a wonderful sense of being connected – the thread of history of who we are. What a wonderful, warm experience it was to be at home at suppertime.”
Dr. David Dye, veteran director of theater at Troy University.
Alabama’s Official Folk Life Play, “Come Home, It’s Suppertime,” © by Jaine Treadwell is performed in November and April at the We Piddle Around Theater in Brundidge, Alabama. More than 19,000 people have “Come Home” at suppertime at the We Piddle Around Theater.