She’s back! Dixie Longate is bringing her hilarious, gender-bending take on the traditional Tupperware Party back to South Florida.
No ordinary Tupperware “lady,” Longate (the drag alterego of Kris Andersson) has traveled the world hawking the newest products from the iconic kitchenware company and is setting up shop this week at West Palm Beach’s Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.
Her outrageous show, “Dixie’s Tupperware Party,” landed Longate the top spot in company’s sales rankings twice as Dixie introduced the wonders of Tupperware to customers from Atlanta to Australia.
We caught up with Dixie to catch up on her busy career and the miracle of Tupperware’s food preservation technology:
Are you looking forward to your return to South Florida?
I can’t wait….I love Florida. It’s one of my favorite places. It’s so sunny and welcoming and relaxed. It’s sort of like being on vacation. Everybody likes cocktails and that leads to too much overdrinking, which leads to crazy sex and then to the best stories you’ll ever share at church.
You’ve been one of the leading Tupperware sales ladies for years. Will your products be available for purchase at the Kravis Center?
I think most people aren’t convinced that I really sell Tupperware. Even though I make sure that everyone has a catalog and an order form, and I demonstrate how to fill out the form during the show, and I make sure to give each item number so people can circle their favorite products, people still look at me in awe when they find out they can really buy it.
Will your show at the Kravis Center be similar to “traditional” Tupperware parties?
You know, I just love being in people’s homes. I love being intimate and getting my hands dirty. But in a theater, I get to share the good wholesome message of Tupperware products with everybody and share a jello shot with them, too. Look at it like this — it is like I took the Tupperware party from your grandmama’s house and brought it right onstage. There are games and prizes and raffles and fun, but I kicked Grannie to the curb so we could really have some fun!
You’re really doing people a service by taking your business on the road, aren’t you?
I can’t minimize the importance of good food storage. Without it, the world will slip into degradation and I wouldn’t get to have sex with any of those good people. You Florida people just never know when another one of them hurricanes might come raging through and you will be left scrambling around trying to make sure that you have enough well-stored food to get you through until all the clean up happens.
How many children do you have? Is it a challenge balancing your glamorous sales career with motherhood?
I’ve got three—16, 10, and 3—do you want one? If you buy some Tupperware, I’ll give you one with your purchase. It’s like the Estee Lauder counter at the shopping mall, you get a free gift like a lipstick with every purchase. My daughter comes with her own lipstick.
I know the South Florida audiences are excited about your appearances.
Well, when they ask me to come, I’m always gonna come. I believe in coming. It’s a service to this great country. I think that’s important.
What: Dixie’s Tupperware Party
When: Through Saturday, Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m., Thursday and Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Where: Kravis Center, West Palm Beach
More Info: Tickets $35 at Kravis.org.