Take Ten with Dixie Longate, the Tupperware Lady on Stage

Dixie Longate, the fast-talking Tupperware Lady, packed up her catalogues, left her children in an Alabama trailer park and took Broadway, the UK & Australia by storm!  

Emery Entertainment welcomes her back to the Playhouse @ Westport Plaza for a multi-week engagement filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, free giveaways, audience participation and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theater stage.

The show opened Oct. 29 and runs through Nov. 24. Tickets are $50 for performances on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Tickets are $60 for performances on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

All seats are on sale now and may be purchased through MetroTix at www.metrotix.com or by calling 314/534-1111. Additionally, tickets will be available at the Playhouse @ Westport Plaza box office one hour prior to show time. Groups of ten or more should call 314/402-2430 for special rates. Please note this show contains adult content.

The performances are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Loaded with the most up-to-date products available for purchase, audience members will learn how Dixie became a member of the illustrious #1 Tupperware Seller in the World Club, as she educates her guests on the many alternative uses she has discovered for her plastic products.

 “Not your grandmother’s Tupperware Party!” said NBC’s Today Show. The LA Times raved, “I was laughing too hard to breathe!” and NYTheatre.com called her show “Pure theatrical bliss!”

Audiences howl with laughter from her outrageously funny tales, homespun wisdom, audience participation and uses for Tupperware that you never thought possible.  The vivacious gum-chewing, ginger-haired Alabama gal will leave your heart a little bigger and your food a little fresher. For more information about Dixie Longate, visit www.dixiestupperwareparty.com.

Playhouse @ Westport Plaza is located at 635 Westport Plaza in Maryland Heights. For more information, please visit www.playhouseatwestport.com.

Here is our Q&A with Dixie.

1. Why did you choose your profession?
“I got out of prison and my parole officer said I needed a job to get my kids back.  So it was sort of thrust upon me. I have had quite a few things thrust upon me in my day and a fair amount of them have been worth it but this was definitely the best by far.”

2. How would your friends describe you?
“Kind, funny, good at holding my liquor and one heck of a Mechanical bull rider.”

3. How do you like to spend your spare time?
“Either at my best friend’s honky tonk or sipping sweet tea on the back porch at dusk looking at fireflies. “

4. What is your current obsession? 
“I am a huge knitter and I have started making lots of sweaters for Fall.  I am also determined to make myself a 70’s Farrah Fawcett-Inspired poncho.”

5. What would people be surprised to find out about you? 
“I’m double jointed but only on even-numbers months.”

6. Can you share one of your most defining moments in life? 
“Making 2,500 people in a theater in Melbourne, Australia burst into fits of laughter while it was being televised all over the country.  Also when a lady recently gave me the biggest hug I’ve ever gotten, while telling me she had laughed during my show and it had been the first time laughing since her husband had passed away eight months prior.”

7. Who do you admire most? 
“Brownie Wise. She created the Tupperware party.  If it wasn’t for her, millions of women would never have realized their potential, myself included.”

8. What is at the top of on your bucket list? 
“I’d love to be making people chuckle on TV. Hopefully someday. “

9. What is your favorite thing to do in St. Louis?
” Going to the Fuzzy Taco because they always make a drink in my honor!”

10. What’s next for Dixie? 
” I have so many irons in the fire.  I’m working on a funny book with a bunch of stories about my life and friends in my trailer park in Mobile, Alabama.  I’ve started to write another show that I hope to be performing at some point early next year.  And I hope by Christmas that I can do the front splits!”

More about Dixie:

Name: Dixie Longate
Age: (optional) Late 20’s to mid-30’s to early 40’s
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama
Current location: As I’m scribbling this down, I’m in Palm Springs, California
Family: I have three kids that I know about: Wynona, Dwayne and little Absorbine Jr.  He’s sweeter than poop.  He can’t talk or walk or open a bottle of wine, but he’s young still, so I’ll let it go this time.
Education: Grade 1-4: Book Smart, The rest of the grades: Street Smart!
Day job: Tupperware lady
First job: Legally, it was working at the Golden Corral.  I was in charge of the chocolate fountain.  It set me up for all sort things later in life.
Awards/Honors/Achievements: Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance (I lost to Laurence Fishburne. Really.)  The Michigan State Theater Award (Wilde Award – Best Actress.)  Highest Fund Raiser at my church’s Christmas Strip car wash. (I Dressed as Mrs Klaus.)
Favorite quote/words to live by: “Stop picking at it.  You’ll only make it worse.”

1. Why did you choose your profession? I got out of prison and my parole officer said I needed a job to get my kids back.  So it was sort of thrust upon me. I have had quite a few things thrust upon me in my day and a fair amount of them have been worth it but this was definitely the best by far. 2. How would your friends describe you? Kind, funny, good at holding my liquor and one heck of a Mechanical bull rider. 3. How do you like to spend your spare time? Either at my best friend’s honky tonk or sipping sweet tea on the back porch at dusk looking at fireflies. 4. What is your current obsession?  I am a huge knitter and I have started making lots of sweaters for Fall.  I am also determined to make myself a 70’s Farrah Fawcett-Inspired poncho. 5. What would people be surprised to find out about you?  I’m double jointed but only on even-numbers months.6. Can you share one of your most defining moments in life?  Making 2,500 people in a theater in Melbourne, Australia burst into fits of laughter while it was being televised all over the country.  Also when a lady recently gave me the biggest hug I’ve ever gotten, while telling me she had laughed during my show and it had been the first time laughing since her husband had passed away eight months prior.7. Who do you admire most?  Brownie Wise.  She created the Tupperware party.  If it wasn’t for her, millions of women would never have realized their potential, myself included. 8. What is at the top of on your bucket list?  I’d love to be making people chuckle on TV. Hopefully someday. 9. What is your favorite thing to do in St. Louis? Going to the Fuzzy Taco because they always make a drink in my honor!

10. What’s next for Dixie?  I have so many irons in the fire.  I’m working on a funny book with a bunch of stories about my life and friends in my trailer park in Mobile, Alabama.  I’ve started to write another show that I hope to be performing at some point early next year.  And I hope by Christmas that I can do the front splits!
HERE ARE THE THINGS WE WANT TO KNOW FOR THE INFORMATION GRID:
(More About — Dixie)

Name: Dixie Longate
Age: (optional) Late 20’s to mid-30’s to early 40’s
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama
Current location: As I’m scribbling this down, I’m in Palm Springs, California
Family: I have three kids that I know about: Wynona, Dwayne and little Absorbine Jr.  He’s sweeter than poop.  He can’t talk or walk or open a bottle of wine, but he’s young still, so I’ll let it go this time. 
Education: Grade 1-4: Book Smart, The rest of the grades: Street Smart!
Day job: Tupperware lady
First job: Legally, it was working at the Golden Corral.  I was in charge of the chocolate fountain.  It set me up for all sort things later in life. 
Awards/Honors/Achievements: Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance (I lost to Laurence Fishburne. Really.)  The Michigan State Theater Award (Wilde Award – Best Actress.)  Highest Fund Raiser at my church’s Christmas Strip car wash. (I Dressed as Mrs Klaus.)
Favorite quote/words to live by: “Stop picking at it.  You’ll only make it worse.”

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