Check several sources on the Internet for Sordid Lives and see that the play by Del Shores constantly receives the term “black comedy about white trash”, and that the play captured 14 Drama League awards including Best Production.
Sordid Lives takes audiences into the lives of a Texas white trash family and keeps audiences laughing. Shores, also authored Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got the Will?) and presents Sordid Lives as yet another trashy lot centered around a funeral. Sordid Lives garnered nominations 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 play Sordid Lives is more than the definition of the first word in the title,” first director in the Los Angeles debut, John Nunamaker, said. “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.”
The over-the-top 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.
Mature subject matter and language means mature audiences only for this production at The Barn Players.
The Barn Players production is directed by Sara Crow and features Irene Blend, Josh Brady, Claudia Cooping, DeDe DeVille, Guy Gardner, Vicki Kearns, Matthew McGaugh, Dennis Maddux, Julia Miller, Lisa Morse, Rob Pagenkopf, Victoria Prather, and Angela Zieber, The show is rated “R”.
On Saturday evening, June 1 a reception will be held at 6 p.m. preceding the play Sordid Lives which will include a dessert bar, silent auction and refreshments furnished by Rimann Liquors and Snow and Company. Tickets for the reception and the performance of Sordid Lives that evening are $50 per person and are available on the theatre’s website www.thebarnplayers.org.
Sordid Lives will be presented at the Barn Players Friday, May 31 through Sunday, June 16 — Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 and Sunday matinees at 2p.m.
Tickets for Sordid Lives at the Barn Players are $18; call 1-800-838-3006, or go to the theatre website www.thebarnplayers.org. Tickets may also or they can be purchased at the box office the evening of the performance. Groups of 10 or more call 913-432-9100. The Barn Players/Barn Players Theatre is located at 6219 Martway in Mission , Kansas . Free parking adjoins the theatre which is handicapped friendly.