Written by Del Shores
Directed by Emerson Collins
November 5th at 7:30 p.m.
Sordid Lives creator Del Shores’ new one-man show, directed by Emerson Collins, proves once and for all that he is not a writer, he’s a self-proclaimed thief! In “Six Characters In Search Of A Play”, riffing on Pirandello’s classic title, Shores brings to life six one-of-a-kind characters he has met in real life that haven’t quite made it into one of his plays, films or TV shows. In 90 minutes, the audience will hear the truth behind how he collected these eccentrics and their stories as he portrays his hilarious, off-the-rails encounters with them. The audience will meet “Yvonne”, the anti-vegetarian Dallas waitress; “Sarah”, a Trump-hating elderly actress with an inhaler in one hand and a cigarette in the other; “Jimmy Ray”, the evolving, Magic Mike-loving latent Georgia redneck; “Loraine”, the once-brilliant drama teacher who has lost her damn mind and is now obsessed with porn; “Marsha”, the monkey-hating lesbian with COPD; and “Aunt Bobby Sue”, the racist Republican with a heart of gold.
Del Shores has written, directed and produced successfully across studio and independent film, network and cable television as well as theatre.
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
fe (2003) and Yellow (2010). Theatre awards and nominations: Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle, Ovation, GLAAD, Back Stage West Garland, NAACP and LA Weekly (2006 Career Achievement Award).
FILM: Daddy’s Dyin’… Who’s Got The Will? Writer/Executive Producer, (MGM); Sordid Lives Writer/Director/Producer (Regent Entertainment) – 13 festival Audience Awards, 3 Best Picture Awards, 1 Best Soundtrack A
ward; Blues For Willadean Writer/Director/Producer (Kestrel Films) – Shout Film Festival’s Best Narrative Audience Award; Southern Baptist Sissies (Breaking Glass Pictures) — 15 festival awards, 9 Audience Awards; A Very Sordid Wedding Writer/Director/Producer (9 festival awards). Other film awards: Lifetime Achievement Award 2012 FilmOut San Diego, Emerging Artist Award 2013 Stanley Kramer Film Festival, Pioneer Filmmaker Award 2014 B’more QFest,
TELEVISION: Sordid Lives: The Series (Logo,Writer/Director/Producer) , Queer As Folk (Showtime, Writer/Co-Executive Producer), Tinseltown (Logo, Pilot. Writer/Co-creator/Executive Producer), Dharma and Greg (ABC, Writer/Consulting Producer) Ned and Stacey (FBC, Writer/Producer) Mr. and Mrs. Smith (CBS, Writer/Co-Producer) The Travel Agency (CBS Pilot. Writer/Co-creator/Executive Producer) The Wilde Girls (Showtime, Writer/Director/Executive Producer), The Travel Agency (CBS Pilot. Writer/Creator/Executive Producer) Harry (NBC Pilot. Writer/Creator/Executive Producer), Live Shot, Martial Law, Touched By An Angel, Dad, The Angel and Me (Writer).
STAND-UP NATIONAL TOURS: Del Shores: My Sordid Life (2010, DVD Breaking Glass Pictures), Del Shores: Sordid Confessions (2011, DVD Breaking Glass Pictures), Del Shores: Naked.Sordid.Reality (2012, DVD Del Shores Productions), Del Shores: My Sordid Best (2013-2014), Del Shores: SINgularly Sordid (2015-2016)
Emerson Collins is a producer, director and actor best known for four seasons of BRAVO’s “The People’s Couch.” Most recently, he produced and starred in Del Shores’ Sordid Lives sequel, A Very Sordid Wedding which opened in 60 cities nationwide in 2017. He produced and starred in the film adaptation of Sout
hern Baptist Sissies
, which won 15 film festival awards including nine Audience Awards and one for Emerson as Best Actor in a Feature Film from the Red Dirt International Film Festival. He produced Blues For Willadean
, the film adaptation of the NAACP award-winning play The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife
by Del Shoresand starringBeth Grant, Dale Dickey and Octavia Spencer.
Emerson also produced the world premiere production of Del Shores’ play Yellow
, winner of the LA Drama Critic’s Circle Award for Best Production, Sordid Lives: The Series
for LOGO, and a national tour of Sordid Lives
and Southern Baptist Sissies
on stage. He 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.
Emersonwon the Desert Theatre League Award for Best Actor in a Comedy for his performance in the Regional Theatre Premiere of Buyer & Cellar
with Coyote Stageworks in Palm Springs and then reprised the role with the Laguna Playhouse. www.emersoncollins.com