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Sordid Lives - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

Sordid Lives

Del Shores

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

6m, 6f

ISBN: 9780573630439

Winner! 14 DramaLogue awards including Best Production

"[This play by] the master of Texas Comedy ... is maybe funnier than Daddy's Dyin'. His colorful eccentrics are dead on, teetering on a Bowie knife's edge between the hilarious improba…

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

Settings Of Play - Sissy's living room, Winters, TX, A local bar, therapist?s office, Mental Institution, Southside Baptist Church.


College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre

Winner! 14 DramaLogue awards including Best Production
Now in a newly Revised Edition. A black comedy about white trash! 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. When Peggy, a good Christian woman, hits her head on the sink and bleeds to death after tripping over her lover's wooden legs in a motel room, chaos erupts in Winters, Texas.
"[This play by] the master of Texas Comedy...is maybe funnier than Daddy's Dyin'. His colorful eccentrics are dead on, teetering on a Bowie knife's edge between the hilarious improbable and the achingly real." - The Los Angelas Times

"Run, don't walk to Del Shores new play!" - DramaLogue

"Pick of the Week." - L.A. Weekly

SORDID LIVES was originally produced by Del Shores in association with Jeff Murray and Nicolette Chaffey for Theatre/Theater in Hollywood, California, May 11, 1996. It was directed by Del Shores.


6m, 6f


These people are real. Don't play them as cartoons, please.

BITSY MAE HARLING. the guitar playing ex-con singer.

TY WILLIAMSON. 27, a beautiful gay man on a joumey.

SISSY HICKEY. mid 50s, the caretaker who picked the wrong day to quit smoking.

NOLETA NETHERCOTT. early 40s the angry overweight betrayed housewife.

LATRELLE WILLIAMSON. early 50s, Ty's uptight, proper mother.

LA VONDA DUPREE. late 40s, Latrelle's liberal-minded worldly sister.

G.W. NETERCOTT. late 40s, the distraught legless Vietnam Vet.

WARDELL "BUBBA" OWENS. late 40s, the former gay-bashing remorseful bartender.

ODELL OWENS. mid 40s, Wardell's worthless story-telling brother.

DR. EVE BOLINGER. late 40s, the over-sexed pill-popping, alchoholic therapist.

EARL "BROTHER BOY" INGRAM. late 40s, the Tammy Wynette obsessed transvestite.

REV. BARNES. the Southern Baptist preacher. (Author's suggestion is to double cast with the actor who plays ODELL.)

Del Shores

Del Shores

DEL SHORES (Writer, Director, Producer) STAGE: Cheatin’ (1984), Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got The Will?) (1987), Daughters of the Lone Star State (1993), Sordid Lives (1996), Southern Baptist Sissies (2000), The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife (2003) and Yellow (2010). Theatre awards and nominations: Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle, Ovation, GLAAD, Back Stage West Garland, ... view full profile

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Raymond Lebowski 3/29/2016 3:34 AM
...write well about the places and people they know well.  Mr. Shores certainly did with "Daddy's Dyin', Who's Got the Will?"  That script shows knowledge and affection for the characters.  It's terrific work.

Then there's this "play".  Apparently Mr. Shores wants people to pay to see his angst over being gay and from machismo country.  It's as subtle as a brick to the face and as entertaining as a root canal.

Look, we GET that the author is traumatized by his past.  I'm sympathetic.  He can't have had an easy time growing up "different" from his peers.  But why do so many "different" authors think we want to sit through 90 minutes-plus of ham-handed counterattack?

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