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Sordid Lives
by Del Shores
Directed by John Nunemaker

New Saturday Matinee: February 5 at 2 PM, in response to popular demand!

Sordid Lives

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

"BCT serves up a 'Sordid' comic classic", Review by David Emanuel, The Bowie Blade-News

"Bowie's sordid dark comedy a departure from lighter fare", Review by Amy Reinink, Gazette.Net

"Bowie Community Theatre Gives Glimpse into the 'Sordid Lives' of a Dysfunctional Family", Review by Mary Johnson, Bowie Patch

"Bowie Community Theatre peeks into family's 'Sordid Lives'", Preview by Mary Johnson, The Baltimore Sun

Sordid Lives Flyer

Synopsis

This is an outrageous "black comedy about white trash", says playwright, Del Shores. Winner! 14 Drama League awards including Best Production. The author of Daddy's Dyin' (Who's Got the Will?) brings you a comedy that was nominated for over thirty awards during its long run in Los Angeles. The ensemble cast of Sordid Lives puts a comedic twist on a story of unconditional love, acceptance and "coming out" in a Texas family, as they all converge for the matriarch's funeral. The eccentric characters include: a mother who is wound too tight and in denial over her gay son, a barfly/singer at the local watering hole, a cheating heart whose wooden legs accidentally aid in the death of his mistress, Peggy, a good Christian woman (and the family matriarch), in a motel room, and a dozen others too unbelievable to mention. Chaos erupts in Winters, Texas, when the cheating heart's wife tries her hand at revenge therapy inspired by "Thelma & Louise" along with her best friend. Their lives intertwine, giving each a new perspective, honesty and meaning. FOR ADULTS ONLY! Mature subject matter and language.

Performance Dates

Week 1: January 21, 22 2011 at 8 pm - January 23 at 2 pm

Week 2: January 28, 29 at 8 pm - January 30 at 2 pm

Week 3: February 4 at 8 pm and February 5 at 2 pm and 8 pm

Director's Notes

Sordid, as defined in the dictionary is:

adj.

1. Filthy or dirty; foul.
2. Depressingly squalid; wretched: sordid shantytowns.
3. Morally degraded.

As appropriate as this definition is, the play Sordid Lives is more than the definition of the first word in the title. There is something to be said of the things we do that we don't talk about, the actions we take that we don't want anyone else to know about, and the feelings that we hide and suppress. Many times, we hide who we are and what we do from those around us, those who love and care for us, because we feel that we are not living up to the expectations of our loved ones. When those truths come out and our lives are exposed and raw, that's when we begin to feel as though our lives are Sordid.

Del Shores has created a masterful piece of theatre with Sordid Lives. The play discusses the unmentionables: Sex, Affairs, Homosexuality, Transvestitism, and Public Image. The story is not just the comedy you see on the stage this evening; it is also one of love and acceptance. Because of the circumstances surrounding the family, the characters in the play have to find it in their hearts to love and accept each other as they are, with all their flaws and secrets. The characters in this play are real people--they are not caricatures. With that in mind, I have tried to stay true to Del Shores' wishes so that you, the audience, can better understand who they are.

For more than a year now, I have lived with this show and these characters in my head. I have dreamed of them and imagined how I would make this show come to life on the stage. These actors on this stage have created a production above and beyond my imagination. I have truly been touched by their humor and sensitivity dealing with the subject matter and the characters. This show has made me laugh so hard and cry uncontrollably. It is an amazing story of unconditional love, acceptance and coming out in a Texas family. I hope you enjoy watching the show as much as I have enjoyed working on it.

Characters

Bitsy Mae Harling

Kaeti Bradley
Kaeti Bradley

Ty Williamson

Christopher Schenk
Christopher Schenk

Sissy Hickey

Joanne Bauer
Joanne Bauer

Noleta Nethercott

Terri Trudo
Terri Trudo

Latrelle Williamson

Debbie Samek
Debbie Samek

La Vonda Dupree

Maribeth Vogel Eckenrode
Maribeth Vogel Eckenrode

G.W. Nethercott

Greg Anderson
Greg Anderson

Wardell "Bubba" Owens

Terry Averill
Terry Averill

Odell Owens

Ken Kienas
Ken Kienas

Dr. Eve Bolinger

Nina Harris
Nina Harris

Earl "Brother Boy" Ingram

Scott Beadle
Scott Beadle

Rev. Barnes

 Ken Kienas
Ken Kienas

Juanita

 Bernadette Arvidson
Bernadette Arvidson

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