Program 21: A Very Sordid Wedding
Directed by Del Shores
Writer-director Del Shores first gave us the wild and zany characters from his film, Sordid Lives, in 2000. Following that, Sordid Lives: the Series aired on LOGO. Now, Shores is back with another installment in the sordid saga, A Very Sordid Wedding.
Still set in the small, conservative Texas town of Winters, we join the cast sixteen years later. Ty Williamson (Rochester native Kirk Geiger), whose coming out was front and center in the first film, has been touring the US with his husband and they’ve gotten married in 49 states. All but his home state of Texas. Ty’s mother, Latrelle (Bonnie Bedelia, Die Hard), has made many strides over the past decade and a half, now defending equal rights instead of dissing them. Some local conservatives and a new pastor are working up to an Anti-Equality Revival in the hopes of banning any same-sex nuptials in their county and they have lots of support from other townsfolk (the Kim Davis doppelganger is particularly entertaining). Latrelle wants to stop them and begs Ty to come home and help.
Fans of the original film will see many familiar faces. Brother Boy (Leslie Jordan, Will & Grace), Wardell Owens (Newell Alexander, August, Osage County), and Lavonda Dupree (Ann Walker) are back with the same actors recreating their original roles. Some new (yet still familiar) faces are added as well, including Caroline Rhea and Whoopi Goldberg, and they blend quite seamlessly into what is a very large cast, as we work toward the big showdown at the church. In a film filled with much comedy and a good dose of camp, the overall message is almost unexpectedly heartwarming and will resonate with fans of the original film and series, as well as with people totally new to the old gang of Winters, Texas.
— Georgia Beers
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
- JURY AWARD, Best Screenplay, Del Shores – FilmOut San Diego
- JURY AWARD, Best Actress, Bonnie Bedelia – FilmOut San Diego
- AUDIENCE AWARD, Best Screenplay, Del Shores – FilmOut San Diego
- AUDIENCE AWARD, Best Supporting Actress, Dale Dickey – FilmOut San Diego
- AUDIENCE AWARD, Best Ensemble – FilmOut San Diego
- OFFICIAL SELECTION – Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival
- OFFICIAL SELECTION – ReelQ Film Festival (Pittsburgh)
- OFFICIAL SELECTION – Qcinema LGBT Film Festival (Fort Worth)
The LGBT Fund for Greater Rochester
We welcome Writer/Director/Producer Del Shores, Actor/Producer Emerson Collins, and Actor Kirk Geiger as our special guests. Del, Emerson, and Kirk will be available for Q&A following the screening.
Del Shores has written, directed and produced successfully across studio and independent film, network and cable television and regional and national touring theatres. Shores’ career began with the play Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got The Will?) in 1987. Sordid Lives the play opened in 1996, and in 1999 Shores wrote and directed the film version starring Beau Bridges, Delta Burke, Olivia Newton-John, Bonnie Bedelia, Leslie Jordan and Beth Grant. His play Southern Baptist Sissies followed, with a ten-month, sold-out run in 2000 and 2002. In 2003, The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife opened to critical acclaim. In 2006, Shores revived all three plays in Los Angeles before a successful six city national tour, starring Delta Burke and Leslie Jordan. Sordid Lives: The Series premiered on LOGO in 2008 where Shores created, wrote, directed and executive produced all twelve episodes. Shores has written and produced in television including Dharma and Greg and Queer as Folk. In 2013, Shores directed and produced the film adaptation of his play Southern Baptist Sissies. Shores has played over 150 cities with his three one-man shows Del Shores: My Sordid Life, Del Shores: Sordid Confessions, and Del Shores: Naked.Sordid.Reality.
Emerson Collins is an actor, producer and TV personality. Emerson starred for four seasons on BRAVO’s The People’s Couch. He produced and starred in Southern Baptist Sissies and won Best Actor in a Feature Film from the Red Dirt International Film Festival. With Del Shores, Emerson co-hosted “The Del & Emerson Show,” UBN Radio’s number one podcast for two years. He also co-produced Sordid Lives: The Series for LOGO. Emerson joined Del Shores Productions as Vice-President of Development and began as a producer on the revivals of three plays running in repertory as A Season of Shores. At the end of the successful eight-month run, he produced the national tour of Sordid Lives and Southern Baptist Sissies. Emerson also directed and produced the DVD live tapings of Del Shores’ one man shows Del Shores: My Sordid Life, Del Shores: Sordid Confessions and Del Shores: Naked. Sordid. Reality.
Kirk Geiger began his career by failing. At an early age, he was cast as a schoolchild in a hometown production of The King and I, along with his brother and sister, in Rochester, New York. A week into rehearsals, he quit the show and spent the rest of the run observing the fun from the audience’s perspective. He vowed to himself to make up for that loss someday. He has since been seen in sitcoms, soaps, and big budget movies, along with portraying multiple original characters in world premiere plays. He hopes to one day play the lead in The King and I and bring his journey full circle.