Sordid Lives

New Conservatory Theatre Center, San Francisco,  May 2017

Written by Del Shore and Directed by Dennis Lickteig, with whom I'd worked on several other productions at NCTC, this production was a bit of a queer dream come true for me. Telling the story of a conservative, east Texan family in the late 90s who must bury the family matriarch after she dies in scandalous circumstances, I'd seen the movie based on the play many times and was a big fan, as the setting and characters really hit home for this Louisiana backwoods country boy who came of age in the 90s. I based a lot of the character designs on people I knew from real life (including myself).  Favorite Costume: Brother Boy's Funeral Dress (duh!). Special thanks to David Carver-Ford for styling all the fabulous wigs!

Promo Photo Shoot
Promo Photo Shoot
Bitsy Mae A
Bitsy Mae A
Bitsy Mae B
Bitsy Mae B
Ty Office
Ty Office
Ty Funeral
Ty Funeral
Sissy Home
Sissy Home
Sissy Funeral
Sissy Funeral
Noleta Home
Noleta Home
Noleta Bar
Noleta Bar
Latrelle Home
Latrelle Home
Latrelle Funeral
Latrelle Funeral
LaVonda Home
LaVonda Home
LaVonda Bar
LaVonda Bar
Odell Bar
Odell Bar
Wardell Bar
Wardell Bar
Wardell Hospital
Wardell Hospital
GW Bar
GW Bar
GW Funeral
GW Funeral
Doctor Eve Bollinger
Doctor Eve Bollinger
Earl "Brother Boy" Hospital
Earl "Brother Boy" Hospital
Brother Boy Funeral
Brother Boy Funeral
Brother Boy's Dress
Brother Boy's Dress
Latrelle's Dress
Latrelle's Dress
Bitsy Mae Sordid Opening
Bitsy Mae Sordid Opening
Ty therapy 1
Ty therapy 1
Sissy and Noleta at home
Sissy and Noleta at home
Latrell, LaVonda, and Sissy at home
Latrell, LaVonda, and Sissy at home
Bitsy Mae Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
Bitsy Mae Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
Ty therapy 2
Ty therapy 2
GW, Wardell, and Odell at the bar
GW, Wardell, and Odell at the bar
LaVonda and Noleta hold up the bar
LaVonda and Noleta hold up the bar
Odell, GW, and Wardell have to apologize
Odell, GW, and Wardell have to apologize
Bitsy Mae Sordid Reprise
Bitsy Mae Sordid Reprise
Dr Eve
Dr Eve
Dr Eve and Brother Boy
Dr Eve and Brother Boy
Bitsy Mae Coming Home
Bitsy Mae Coming Home
Sissy Funeral
Sissy Funeral
Latrell and Ty Funeral
Latrell and Ty Funeral
Bitsy Mae sings "Just As I Am" at the funeral
Bitsy Mae sings "Just As I Am" at the funeral
Brother Boy and Wardell arrive at the Funeral
Brother Boy and Wardell arrive at the Funeral
Brother Boy says goodbye to Mama
Brother Boy says goodbye to Mama
Cast Farewell
Cast Farewell
Cast Photo
Cast Photo