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‘A Very Sordid Wedding’ coming to the Dallas stage this fall

The Sordid Lives saga continues with Brother Boy, Aunt Sissy, LaVonda, Latrelle, Ty, Wardell, Odell, Noleta and the crazy misfits of Winters, Texas as they again take the stage in Dallas this fall under the direction of Del Shores.

This will be the first stage production of A Very Sordid Wedding, the final chapter in the  Sordid Lives saga. Or will it be?

It’s the tale of a very dysfunctional family in Winters, Texas, where ‘Brother Boy’ Earl Ingram was locked away in the state mental institution because he liked dressing up like  Tammy Wynette. His older sister Latrelle is big-haired high-falutin’ Bible-thumpin’ bigot, and his other sister LaVonda is a big-haired tight-clothing  Miss Kitty-like liberal who loves all, especially Latrelle’s son Ty who is gay and engaged to a (gasp) African-American man.  Ty and his partner are coming home to Texas to get legally married and Latrelle is all a-twitter because her church, Southside Baptist, just hired a handsome new preacher and they are having an anti-equality rally.   And a serial killer has just escaped from the local penitentery. What else could go wrong?

This stage production was supposed to premier last year, but due to COVID, that did not happen. So come September, this will the virgin voyage for the entire cast and crew. And Del Shores.

“I don’t get nervous until the critics are in the audience,” he told me.  I assured him that the Bears love  Sordid Lives. Truly, what’s not to love?

If you are not familiar with the movie or the TV series, there first was the movie starring Delta Burke and Olivia Newton-John, then the TV series on  Logo TV  which featured Olivia Newton-John and Rue McClanahan, and then the movie  A Very Sordid Wedding  came about four years ago. Every film and episode starred LGBTQIA++ and all-around favorite Leslie Jordan.  Click here for the trailer.

Directed by Del Shores himself, the play will have a short run right there in the gay area of Dallas and it will not be extended.  Starring on stage who were also in the movie will be  Emerson Collins, the handsome young man who played the serial killer, and  Cassie Nova, a Dallas legend.

And while you are in Dallas, be sure to check out all that gay life that Dallas has to offer:  JRs,  The Round UpSue Ellen’s, Hunky’s,  S4  (which was featured in the movie) and a host of other supportive businesses. (As opposed to the state of Texas, the city of Dallas is a very ‘blue’ district.)

And one B&B we have featured on these pages, which is just around the corner from the all the hotspots,  The Daisy Polk Inn, should have availability for your stay.  While in Dallas, pick up the  Dallas Voice  newspaper, as play sponsor AND (self-promotion here) a smart group of editors who voted my book as one of the best of 2007.

Tickets for A Very Sordid Wedding are selling like hotcakes, says Del, so book soon!

For tickets, contact  uptownplayers.org  or call the box office directly in Dallas at 214-219-2178.

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