If you were to visit Dixie Longate’s home down in Alabama and open her refrigerator, top to bottom you’d see plastic containers.
“Oh, my Lord, it’s chock-full. There is more Tupperware there than in the factory,” Longate said in a soft drawl that dripped through a phone line like tupelo honey from a coffee stirrer.
Longate – alter ego of actor Kris Andersson – hails from Mobile, and she’s bringing her Southern hospitality north to present “Dixie’s Tupperware Party” at the Scranton Cultural Center.
It’s not just a theatrical show. Longate will be happy to actually sell you some Tupperware.
“Heck, yes,” she said. “It would be unneighborly not to.”
Playing into red-neck stereotypes, Longate explained some of her favorite uses for air-tight plastic. “With the cake taker,” she said, “I put Jell-O shots in it and take them to church, or I take them to school for the kids.”
Longate has three children, by the way. Wynona is 16, Dwayne is 10, and little Absorbine Jr. is 3.
Does she bring them along when she’s on the road?
“Oh hell no,” she said. “I’ll take any opportunity to get away from those kids.”
Longate’s back-story includes a history of prison time for “nothing serious. Like I just walk into a store and somebody hands me a turkey and asks me to hold it for them.”
With her luck, that’s the kind of incident that could get her arrested for shoplifting.
Yet, following her parole officer’s advice to get a job, she has turned the selling of Tupperware into a successful career, with more than $200,000 in one fiscal year.
Longate, who proudly explains she sews all of her own clothes because “I’m kind of tall,” said the audience should think of her show as a good time. “It’s a party,” she said. “I want everyone to giggle and laugh. Make sure you bring your girlfriends. Bring your guy friends, too, and we’ll giggle ourselves silly.”