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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

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.

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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
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 Angeles 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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Vickie Trickett 10/1/2016 10:37 AM
Nancy Chartier 9/23/2016 7:42 PM
I love this play!  Del Shores is so adept at creating unique characters that are hysterically funny one minute, and then when you don't expect it, pull at our heartstrings and have you sobbing.  He takes you 'there' but in such a fabulous and entertaining way that you get caught up in the lives of these wonderfully, well rounded, fragile, flawed people.   I think it's a story that so many young people can relate to.  My neighbor actually told me that this play changed her life, and made it okay to accept herself.  Pretty powerful stuff!
Donna Littlepage 9/23/2016 6:20 PM
I have had the great joy and honor to portray "Latrelle" in 3 Productions of Sordid Lives over the last 12 years.
Divided into 4 scenes, separated by a monologue of the main character,  each scene and monologue is equally filled with real moments of hilarity and tender moments that will touch your heart.
We've played to mostly sold out houses in our 100 seat black box theatre, a 14 show run, THREE times. Every single show I've had folks stop ME after a show and say, "I KNOW THESE PEOPLE!!!".
I have stood backstage and peeked at the scenes in which Latrelle doesn't appear, never tiring of the funny dialogue AND the audience's belly laughs! I've also waited backstage for Ty to come off after a particularly poignant monologue and like his real Mama; I held  him and patted him on the back as he cried.
This is a knee slapper and a mind opener and no one does it better than Del Shores.
It's a play that resonates with so many for reasons both good and bad. I am so proud to have said to my onstage son...."You will always be my special boy". I know a lot of men out there who yearn to hear those words from their own Mama.

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