Sordid Lives

by  Del Shores

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  6m, 6f

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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Sordid Lives

by  Del Shores

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    6m, 6f

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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.

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Accolades

  • Winner! 14 DramaLogue Awards, including Best Production

Reviews

"[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

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Setting: Sissy's living room, Winters, TX, a local bar, therapist's office, Mental Institution, Southside Baptist Church.

Casting

6m, 6f

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.)

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Casting Notes

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

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Authors

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 ...

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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.

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