Award-winning writer/director Del Shores (“Blues For Willadean,” “Southern Baptist Sissies,” “Queer A Folk”) releases his latest film, A Very Sordid Wedding, the outrageously funny sequel to his play, movie and TV series Sordid Lives. A Very Sordid Wedding brings back an all-star ensemble cast of characters, rooted in the Southern Baptist world of Winters, Texas, in the weeks following the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage equality ruling where not everyone there is ready to accept it.
Due to the “sold-out” World Premiere of A Very Sordid Wedding on Friday, March 10 at Camelot Theatres, where the original Sordid Lives film ran for 96 weeks and is also having a two-week exclusive theatrical run, a second night screening and Q&A with Del Shores and cast members has been added on Saturday, March 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online here. Introductions from cast members or producers will take place at every screening throughout the weekend! More events will take place throughout the weekend. On Saturday, March 11 at 11:00 AM, Emerson Collins and Cassie Nova will host A Very Sordid Comedy Brunch with Leslie Jordan, Caroline Rhea and Del Shores at EIGHT4NINE Restaurant & Lounge; tickets are sold out. Also on Saturday, is A Very Sordid Happy Hour at Toucan's Tiki Lounge from 3:00 – 6:00 PM hosted by Ann Walker and Tommi Rose with other cast members making appearances. And on Sunday, March 12 starting 3 p.m. will be A Very Sordid Happy Hour with Del Shores and Emerson Collins Camelot Theatres bar. Tickets to all screenings on sale at www.camelottheatres.com. Info for all events at www.averysordidwedding.com.
Written, directed and produced by Del Shores and produced by and co-starring Emerson Collins ("Southern Baptist Sissies," "The People’s Couch"), A Very Sordid Wedding stars a large ensemble cast with Bonnie Bedelia ("Parenthood"), Leslie Jordan (Emmy winner, "Will & Grace"), Caroline Rhea ("Sabrina, the Teenage Witch") and Dale Dickey (Spirit Award winner, "Winter’s Bone"). The film co-stars Levi Kreis (Tony winner, "Million Dollar Quartet") Katherine Bailess ("Hit The Floor"), Alec Mapa ("Ugly Betty"), Aleks Paunovic ("Van Helsing"), Carole Cooke ("Sixteen Candles") and Michael MacRae ("Battlefield Earth") with actors returning from the original film and series: Ann Walker, Rosemary Alexander, Newell Alexander, David Cowgill, Sharon Garrison, Kirk Geiger, Sarah Hunley, T. Ashanti Mozelle, Scott Presley, David Steen and Lorna Scott with a cameo from Whoopi Goldberg.
Sordid Lives, Del Shores’ fourth play, opened in Los Angeles in 1996, and ran for 13 sold-out months. It received 13 "Critic's Choice" honors and 14 Drama-Logue Theatre Awards. In 1999, Shores wrote and directed the film adaption of Sordid Lives starring Beau Bridges, Delta Burke, Olivia Newton-John, Bonnie Bedelia, Leslie Jordan and Beth Grant, along with most of the cast from the play. The movie became a cult phenomenon taking in nearly $2 million in its eight-theatre limited release. The movie won six Best Feature and 13 Audience Awards at film festivals. In 2002, Twentieth Century Fox released the DVD/Video, which has now sold over 300,000 units. The film was re-released by Wolfe Video in 2014. Sordid Lives: The Series, a 12-episode TV series prequel to the Sordid Lives film, premiered on LOGO in 2008.
“Not a day goes by where someone doesn’t ask me for more Sordid Lives. Many of my LGBTQ fans, of all ages, have come out to their folks by showing them Sordid Lives because the humor helped them share their own story,” explains Shores. “I am excited to bring my characters up to July 2015 where they are hit with the reality of Texas having full equality. I wanted to contrast affirming churches and organizations like Faith In America with hypocritical bigotry that is still being spewed from pulpits represented by the ‘Anti-Equality Rally’ in the film.”
“With the victory of marriage equality and the resulting backlash disguised as ‘religious freedom’ bills, our film exploring the impact of religious bigotry couldn’t come at a more timely moment in our history,” continues producer and star Emerson Collins. “Hard-fought LGBTQ rights won over the past eight years now hang in the balance with the new presidential administration and conservative state legislatures across the country preparing to target the LGBTQ community.”
As the original film dealt with coming out in a conservative Southern world, A Very Sordid Wedding explores the questions, bigotry and the fallout of what happens when gay marriage comes to communities and families that are not quite ready to accept it. All of these issues are explored with Del Shores’ trademark approach to using comedy and his much beloved Sordid Lives characters to deal with these important current social issues and the very real process of accepting your family for who they are instead of who you want them to be.
Synopsis: A VERY SORDID WEDDING
It's 2015, seventeen years after Peggy tripped over G.W.’s wooden legs and died in Sordid Lives, and life has moved into the present for the residents of Winters, Texas. Sissy Hickey (Dale Dickey) is reading the Bible, cover to cover, trying to make some kind of sense out of what it really says about gay people. Her niece Latrelle Williamson (Bonnie Bedelia) has divorced her husband Wilson (Michael MacRae) who has taken up with a hot young gold digger. Latrelle’s now out and proud gay son Ty (Kirk Geiger) is on his way back to town with his black man and news of their own. Her sister LaVonda (Ann Walker) is still cussin’ and drankin’ and is being blackmailed to sit with the sick and afflicted. LaVonda’s best friend Noleta (Caroline Rhea) meets a hot younger man while visiting her awful mama in the hospital. G.W. (David Steen), sporting new fiberglass legs after Noleta burned his old ones, is still feeling guilty and mourning Peggy. Nearly incoherent barfly Juanita (Sarah Hunley) has moved from her obsession with Vacation Bible School roosters to the royal family while Wardell (Newell Alexander) and Odell (David Cowgill) still bicker at the bar. Tammy Wynette champion Brother Boy (Leslie Jordan) hasn't been back to Winters since Peggy’s funeral, and he's working at a tragic little gay bar in Longview, having added Loretta and Dolly to his new medley act "We Three Queens of Oper-y Are" till a chance meeting with a dangerous criminal forces him out on the run. As the sordid saga continues, an anniversary memorial service is being planned in honor of Peggy at Bubba’s Bar while the Southside Baptist Church is planning an "Anti-Equality Rally" to protest the advancement of same-sex marriage, spearheaded by Vera Lisso (Lorna Scott) and Mrs. Barnes (Sharon Garrison). Both events are to take place on the same night, so the cast of colorful characters are all on a collision course for shenanigans and fireworks, and a surprise wedding!
About DEL SHORES – Writer/Director/Producer
Shores has written, directed and produced for film, network and cable TV and theatre. Southern Baptist Sissies, a hybrid adaptation of his GLAAD Award-winning play, won 15 film festival awards including eight Audience Awards. His film, Blues For Willadean, is an adaptation of his NAACP Award-winning play The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife starring Beth Grant, Dale Dickey and Academy Award-winner Octavia Spencer. A film adaptation of his play Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got The Will?) was released by MGM and Propaganda Films. Shores wrote and directed the film version of his play Sordid Lives starring Beau Bridges, Delta Burke, Olivia Newton-John, Bonnie Bedelia, Leslie Jordan and Beth Grant. Sordid Lives: The Series, a TV series prequel to the film, premiered on LOGO in 2008. Shores created, wrote, directed and executive produced all 12 episodes. Shores’ seven plays have run for over six years collectively in L.A. where they all premiered and won awards from GLAAD, the NAACP, and many more.