Forget everything you know about Tupperware parties because Dixie Longate has a surprise for you. Dixie, a Southern belle from the wrong side of town in Alabama, survived three husbands and is the sometimes-proud mother of three children: Wynona, Dwayne and Absorbine, Jr.
She moved her trailer and kids to Los Angeles and began selling Tupperware when her parole officer mandated she get a job or go back to prison. “I started selling the fantastic plastic crap in 2001 and I have never had so much fun drinking for free in my life,” Dixie says.
Within a year, Dixie was one of the top sellers in the nation because, according to her, “Me and some plastic bowls, and a bunch of drunk women somehow equal lots of sales.
Her show caught the eye of some New York Theatre producers, and in 2007 Dixie appeared off-Broadway in the self-titled show, Dixie’s Tupperware Party, for which she garnered a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance.
Dixie packed up her catalogues and is on the road for her eighth world tour, in theaters far and wide. If you’re up for a good old-fashioned Tupperware party filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, free giveaways, audience participation and alternative uses for those practical plastic products, come out to her show.
She will be in Orlando for the first time at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts from Tuesday, March 15 through Sunday, March 27. The show contains adult content and is appropriate for ages 16 and up. Show times vary and tickets start at $45. To purchase tickets, visit drphillipscenter.org.
For more information about Dixie, go to her website, dixiestupperrwareparty.com.
Story appeared in the March/April 2016 issue (pg 42) of Orange Appeal magazine.