A Very Sordid Wedding in New Orleans

A Very Sordid Wedding

Sequel to Del Shores’ Hit Play, Movie & TV Series Sordid Lives Reunites

All-Star Cast of Iconic Characters Exploring Acceptance, Conflict and Bigotry in a Small Texas Town Following Supreme Court Marriage Equality Decision

Louisiana Premiere at Joy Theatre in New Orleans, Saturday, Sept. 2 at 2:00 p.m.,

Sordid Lives Creator Del Shores and Producer/Star Emerson Collins In-Person

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Bonnie Bedelia, Leslie Jordan, Rue McClanahan (portrait), Dale Dickey and Ann Walker

in Del Shores’ A Very Sordid Wedding. Photo credit: Steven K. Johnson.

Award-winning writer/director Del Shores (“Blues For Willadean,” “Southern Baptist Sissies,” “Queer A Folk”) brings his latest film, A Very Sordid Wedding, the outrageously funny sequel to his play, movie and TV series Sordid Lives, to New Orleans for the Louisiana Premiere at Joy Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 2 (Doors open 1:00 p.m., screening at 2:00 p.m.). Sordid Lives creator Del Shores and producer/star Emerson Collins will be in-person to introduce the film and will be doing a post-screening Q&A. For tickets, visit http://bit.ly/2x447ju. For more information on A Very Sordid Wedding, visit https://www.averysordidwedding.com/.

The film brings back an all-star ensemble cast of characters, rooted in the Southern Baptist world of Winters, Texas, in the weeks following the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage equality ruling where not everyone there is ready to accept it. Since the film’s World Premiere in March in Palm Springs, Calif., where it received the country’s highest per screen specialty box office average its opening weekend, A Very Sordid Wedding has expanded in limited release via The Film Collaborative enjoying an explosive audience response with sold-out premieres in 34 markets to date including Los Angeles, San Diego, Toronto, Dallas, Austin, Salt Lake City, Tulsa, Kansas City, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Birmingham, Nashville, Lexington, Atlanta, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Provincetown and more. For further updates on the film’s release, visit http://www.averysordidwedding.com/.

The Huffington Post proclaims A Very Sordid Wedding as “much more than a wonderful movie, but a game-changer In LGBT politics,” Film Journal International raves, “If you liked the original, the overdue sequel to ‘Sordid Lives’ will both delight you and warm your ever-lovin’ heart” and The Hollywood Reporter says the film “offers some undeniably entertaining moments, and its talented ensemble, clearly encouraged to pull out all the stops, delivers their comic shtick with admirable gusto.”

The ensemble cast of 32 actors is led by Bonnie Bedelia (“Parenthood”), Caroline Rhea (“Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”), Dale Dickey (Independent Spirit Award winner “Winter’s Bone”), Leslie Jordan (Emmy winner “Will & Grace”) with cast members from the original Sordid Lives film Newell Alexander (“August: Osage County”), Rosemary Alexander, Kirk Geiger, Sarah Hunley, Lorna Scott (“Wanted”) and Ann Walker.  New additions to the Sordid Lives world include Emerson Collins (“The People’s Couch”), Levi Kreis (Tony winner “Million Dollar Quartet”), Carole Cook (“Sixteen Candles”), Alec Mapa (“Ugly Betty”), Aleks Paunovic (“Van Helsing”), Katherine Bailess (“Hit The Floor”) and a cameo from Whoopi Goldberg.

Sordid Lives, Del Shores’ fourth play, opened in Los Angeles in 1996, and ran for 13 sold-out months. It received 13 “Critic’s Choice” honors and 14 Drama-Logue Theatre Awards. In 1999, Shores wrote and directed the film adaption of Sordid Lives starring Beau Bridges, Delta Burke, Olivia Newton-John, Bonnie Bedelia, Leslie Jordan and Beth Grant, along with most of the cast from the play. The movie became a cult phenomenon taking in nearly $2 million in its eight-theatre limited release. The movie won six Best Feature and 13 Audience Awards at film festivals. In 2002, Twentieth Century Fox released the DVD/Video, which has now sold over 300,000 units. The film was re-released by Wolfe Video in 2014. Sordid Lives: The Series, a 12-episode TV series prequel to the Sordid Lives film, premiered on MTV’s LOGO network in 2008.

“Not a day goes by where someone doesn’t write me asking me for more Sordid Lives. So many of my LGBTQ fans, of all ages, have come out to their folks by showing them Sordid Lives because the humor helped them share their own story,” explains writer, director and producer Del Shores. “I am excited to bring my characters up to July 2015 where they are hit with the reality of Texas having full equality. I wanted to contrast affirming churches and organizations like Faith In America with the hypocritical bigotry that is still being spewed from pulpits represented by the ‘Anti-Equality Rally’ in the film.”

“With the victory of marriage equality and the resulting backlash disguised as ‘religious freedom’ bills, our film exploring the impact of religious bigotry couldn’t come at a more timely moment in our history,” continues producer and star Emerson Collins. “Hard-fought LGBTQ rights won over the past eight years now hang in the balance with the new presidential administration and conservative state legislatures across the country preparing to target the LGBTQ community.”

As the original film dealt with coming out in a conservative Southern world, A Very Sordid Wedding explores the questions, bigotry and the fallout of what happens when gay marriage comes to communities and families that are not quite ready to accept it. Bigoted “religious freedom,” marriage equality and cultural acceptance are all explored with Del Shores’ trademark approach to using comedy and his much beloved Sordid Lives characters to deal with these important current social issues and the very real process of accepting your family for who they are instead of who you want them to be.

Synopsis: A VERY SORDID WEDDING

It’s 2015, seventeen years after Peggy tripped over G.W.’s wooden legs and died in Sordid Lives, and life has moved into the present for the residents of Winters, Texas. Sissy Hickey (Dale Dickey) is reading the Bible, cover to cover, trying to make some kind of sense out of what it really says about gay people. Her niece Latrelle Williamson (Bonnie Bedelia) has divorced her husband Wilson (Michael MacRae) who has taken up with a hot young gold digger. Latrelle’s now out and proud gay son Ty (Kirk Geiger) is on his way back to town with his black man and news of their own. Her sister LaVonda (Ann Walker) is still cussin’ and drankin’ and is being blackmailed to sit with the sick and afflicted. LaVonda’s best friend Noleta (Caroline Rhea) meets a hot younger man while visiting her awful mama in the hospital. G.W. (David Steen), sporting new fiberglass legs after Noleta burned his old ones, is still feeling guilty and mourning Peggy. Nearly incoherent barfly Juanita (Sarah Hunley) has moved from her obsession with Vacation Bible School roosters to the royal family while Wardell (Newell Alexander) and Odell (David Cowgill) still bicker at the bar. Tammy Wynette champion Brother Boy (Leslie Jordan) hasn’t been back to Winters since Peggy’s funeral, and he’s working at a tragic little gay bar in Longview, having added Loretta and Dolly to his new medley act “We Three Queens of Oper-y Are” till a chance meeting with a dangerous criminal forces him out on the run. As the sordid saga continues, an anniversary memorial service is being planned in honor of Peggy at Bubba’s Bar while the Southside Baptist Church is planning an “Anti-Equality Rally” to protest the advancement of same-sex marriage, spearheaded by Vera Lisso (Lorna Scott) and Mrs. Barnes (Sharon Garrison). Both events are to take place on the same night, so the cast of colorful characters are all on a collision course for shenanigans and fireworks, and a surprise wedding!

 

About DEL SHORES – Writer/Director/Producer

Shores has written, directed and produced for film, network and cable television, and theatre. His most recent film, a hybrid adaptation of his GLAAD Award-winning play Southern Baptist Sissies, won fifteen film festival awards including eight Audience Awards and is available on all platforms. His film, Blues For Willadean, is an adaptation of his NAACP Award-winning play The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife starring Beth Grant, Dale Dickey and Academy Award-winner Octavia Spencer. A film adaptation of his play Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got The Will?) was released by MGM and Propaganda Films. Shores wrote and directed the film version of his play Sordid Lives starring Beau Bridges, Delta Burke, Olivia Newton-John, Bonnie Bedelia, Leslie Jordan and Beth Grant with many of the actors from the original stage cast. Sordid Lives: The Series, a television series prequel to the film, premiered on Viacom’s LOGO network in 2008, and Shores created, wrote, directed and executive produced all 12 episodes. Shores’ seven plays have run for over six years collectively in Los Angeles where they all premiered and won numerous awards from GLAAD, the NAACP, the LA Drama Critic’s Circle, LA Stage Alliance, LA Weekly and Backstage.

Credits

Beard Collins Shores Productions presents

A VERY SORDID WEDDING

In association with Buffalo Gal Pictures

Supporting sponsor: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Written and directed by Del Shores

Produced by Emerson Collins, Del Shores

Executive Producers: Louise H. Beard, Phyllis Laing, Jeff Beesley, Camelot Theatres, Rozene & Ric Supple

Co-Producers: Donna Mathewson, Anthony Gore, Stuart Howell Bell, Carl Foster Miller & Karl H. Christianson, Craig & Scott Caulfield-Seidner

Director of Photography: Paul Suderman

Production Designer: Chad Giesbrecht

Editor: Donna Matthewson

Costume Designer: Sandy Soke
Music by Joe Patrick Ward

Total running time: 109 minutes

 

Official Website: http://www.averysordidwedding.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/averysordidwedding/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sordidwedding

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Jason Dottley’s next tour stop for his new one man show, “Life on the Gay-List” will be July 24, 2015 at The All Ways Theatre & Lounge located at 2240 Saint Claude Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70117. Doors will open at 9pm. Show starts at 10pm. VIP Celebrity Meet & Greet directly after the show. General Admission and VIP tickets can be purchased at www.tix.com and www.lifeonthegaylist.com, or by calling 1-800-504-4849. Adult Content. No one under 18. Running time 1 hour.

Dottley has been recognized by The Boston Globe as the entertainment comedy pick of the week, Dallas Voice Best Bet, and has a featured interview in EDGE Magazine nationwide for his new show, “Life on the Gay-List”. In his new one man show, Dottley dishes about all the sordid details that he should not be sharing. “The poster boy for gay marriage” turned “public face of gay divorce” is shamelessly NSFW on dating when you’re over 30, divorced and gay, mis-sexting Lance Bass and other celebrity misadventures, heartbreak and 21-year-olds, lessons learned from Delta Burke, that time he kissed Perez Hilton, accidental watersports, and every regrettable decision in between.

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Oz Co-Founder/Creator Doyle Yeager issues Statement

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Over Two Decades of the Same Ownership Ended with Today’s Auction, say Doyle Yeager, co-founder and creator of Oz Nightclub in New Orleans as stated in the following press release from Yeager’s camp this morning.

SALE COMPLETE for Oz Nightclub on Bourbon Street

Over Two Decades of Same Ownership Ended with Today’s Auction

NOLA, July 22, 2015: Oz nightclub Co-Founder and Creator, Doyle Yeager, was unable to successfully stop today’s scheduled auction and sale of the OZ nightclub and it’s assets in bankruptcy court. The nightclub and other corporate assets are to be sold through live auction this morning.
Yeager said that every effort possible had been made to try and avoid the liquidation, and to try and save the nightclub.
Despite the massive amount of footwork that nearly saved the business from being auctioned, it seems no amount of effort could help Yeager save the business. The sad and dramatic conclusion to a tumultuous 22 year partnership of owners will come to an end as the judge reads the name of the new owner of Oz, after the bidding process is complete.
Yeager said he desperately wanted to save the Oz nightclub (at all costs), and to preserve what he feels is a cornerstone of the New Orleans gay community, Oz New Orleans at 800 Bourbon Street.

Yeager said that media reports have continued to incorrectly attribute the cause of the bankruptcy filing to the negligent financial mismanagement of the owners, and the inability of the business to pay the debt. Yeager insists that those reports are entirely false.

“The business is, and has been, capable of servicing all of the debt in the business’s name,“ said Yeager. “The filing of the bankruptcy was voluntary, and was intended to be used as a vehicle for the corporations to investigate the source and purpose of most of the company’s debt.”

The legal battles between ownership distressed the nightclub through the years, and in late 2010, and a third partner joined the ownership structure . But, fundamental differences in each of the owner’s management philosophies created a hostile environment. That dysfunctional ownership relationship, in turn, produced more litigation.

By August 2014, two of the owners agreed that certain questions regarding the corporate assets and debt (which did not appear to belong to the corporation), needed to be resolved. The business also needed more time for the shareholders to investigate the ballooning mortgage (and other debts), which the company had customarily been paying.

It is because of all of the inner ownership strife and legal battles, that the world-famous Oz ended up in bankruptcy court. Even though the business was able to pay all of its debt, the vast majority of the business’s debt did not belong to the company itself, but instead belonged to one of the other owners.

Today, a reminiscent and misty-eyed Yeager is now reaching out to the New Orleans Community who supported Oz for 22 years, and expressing his gratitude to them.

”I am humbled and grateful for all of the support we have enjoyed from our community and our loyal patrons over the last two decades. They were the ones that have made it possible for Oz to become the #1 gay dance club in New Orleans, and a world-wide name brand,” Yeager praised.

“I also want to thank the employees, and the many people in our community who stood behind me through this very stressful process, and who never waivered in their determination to help me get through it and push forward. I feel like I have let them down in some way, but it has been out of my hands since this all started. Even still, I fought all the way up until the end for all of us,” said Yeager.

But where does Yeager see himself going, now that Oz is no longer his sights? “I have a few ideas I have been working on…. just in case,” said Yeager.

“Liquidating a profitable business (that I personally sacrificed for over the last 22 years) was never an option on the table (or even a possibility in my mind), when we started the bankruptcy process,” Yeager said.

“I can only hope that the new owners of Oz have as many good times and special memories from their ownership of the nightclub as I have had from it over the past 22 years,” said Yeager. “I also want to wish the new owners the best of luck in the coming years. Oz is a very special place, and I really hope that they can cherish it and take care of it better than we did.”

“Losing Oz is like losing a child to me. I feel that now there is a part of me missing and that is gone forever. But, I really don’t feel that this part of my life is over yet, and I am thinking about maybe something bigger and better, said Yeager.

“Whatever I do from this point forward, will definitely be something without partners,” Yeager affirmed. “And as always, I will commit my full creativity and energy to make my next venture something that the gay community can be proud of.”

Yeager finished by saying don’t count him out just yet, “You haven’t seen the last of me, or the best of me!”

Yeager will take with him some of his fondest memories of the extravagant parties and decorations that he created for the nightclub……

“NEON CIRCUS 2013” – Oz’s 20th Anniversary PartyNeon circus

“WHITE PARTY 2011” – Easter weekend

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“CHRISTMAS 2012”

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“RED DRESS RUN 2012” – August

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Information Provide by:
Doyle Yeager
Shareholder and President La Int., Inc. dba “OZ” Member, 800 Bourbon Street, LLC

 

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