Dixie Longate sells Tupperware, but she’s no ordinary Tupperware “lady.”
And, after a hiatus and long COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, Dixie (the drag alter ego of Kris Andersson) is returning to Fort Lauderdale with the newest line of products from the iconic food storage company.
She’ll be setting up shop on March 4 at Savor Cinema, just south of downtown and Longate, who has appeared in South Florida several times over the past decade, is particularly looking forward to the Florida sun.
“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,” she said in her Southern drawl. “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.”
Ultimately, “booze” is what got Longate through the pandemic (and most other days). Still, Longate admitted her show is not the “traditional” Tupperware party. She has sold Tupperware products in Asia and Australia, on cruise ships, at the Broward and Kravis Centers, and even Off-Broadway, during a very successful run in New York City.
She explained, “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, just like at your Grannie’s Tupperware party, but I kicked Grannie to the curb so we could really have some fun!”
“The theaters have been closed down for so long, it’s so nice to have audiences back,” she added, noting she often practiced the fine art of wine-blending at home. “Some people earn a degree to do that, but sometimes I just drink two different glasses in a row and let them blend in my stomach.”
She also spent some time organizing her own Tupperware “within an inch of its life” and took up knitting: “I crocheted a roll of toilet paper, but it was acrylic yarn so it was itchy. Luckily, it came clean every time on the washing machine.”
Unlike the majority of Tupperware salespersons, Longate has made it a career, sometimes to the detriment of her children, who are still 16, 10 and 3.
“If you buy a lot of Tupperware, I’ll give you one [of my kids] with your purchase. It’s like the Estee Lauder counter at the shopping mall, you get a free gift like lipstick with every purchase. My daughter comes with her own lipstick,” she promised.
While her parenting skills have occasionally been called into question — particularly by her parole officer — Longate remains unwaveringly dedicated to Tupperware and its cutting-edge products.
“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 cleanup happens,” she pointed out. “Sometimes that can take hours till everything is back to normal. And I don’t want you to be hungry during that time. I mean, you might already be missing your stories on the TV. I don’t want to make matters worse by you pulling out some kind of nasty wilted spoiled food from the fridge ‘cause it stopped working. I’m too neighborly to want that for anyone.”
“A Tupperware Party with Dixie Longate” will be presented on Friday, March 4 at 8 p.m. at Savor Theater, 503 S.E. 6th St. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $37.50 – 47.50 at Ticketmaster.com.