“A Very Sordid Wedding” reunites an all-star cast at Asbury Park screening

Scene from
Scene from "A Very Sordid Wedding" written and directed by Del Shores

The New Jersey Premiere of Del Shores latest film will be presented by QSpot LGBT Community Center on Saturday, Sept. 30. Writer and Director Del Shores and Producer and star Emerson Collins will be there too to meet their fans.

A Very Sordid Wedding, the sequel to the play, movie and TV series Sordid Lives, will be screened at Trinity Church Auditorium in Asbury Park. The creator Del Shores and Producer/Star Emerson Collins will be at a pre-reception at 6 pm and the screening starts  at 7 pm.

"A Very Sordid Wedding" is directed by Del Shores
“A Very Sordid Wedding” is directed by Del Shores

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., A Very Sordid Wedding has expanded in limited release with sold-out premieres in 34 markets to date. They include: 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 averysordidwedding.com/.

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).

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. 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.

Director Del Shores
Director Del Shores

“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.

For tickets and further event information, visit qspot.org/events/premiere-screening-sordid-wedding.