Last Chance to Catch ‘Sordid Lives’ in Southampton

Frances Sherman, Danielle Shuman, Ed Kassar, Scott-Wilson and Joseph Marshall
Frances Sherman, Danielle Shuman, Ed Kassar, Scott-Wilson and Joseph Marshall. Photo credit: Dane Dupuis

Del Shores’ Sordid Lives, presented by Center Stage, closes this weekend at Southampton Cultural Center. After a blizzard disrupted the second weekend of performances, this is now the last chance to see the comic play.

Sordid Lives is often called a “black comedy about white trash.” Three generations of a family in a small Texas town gather for the funeral of their elderly family matriarch, whose death occurred during a clandestine meeting in a seedy motel. As preparations ensue, the hilarious, sad and trashy truth of this dysfunctional family is revealed. Some elements of the play come directly from Shores’ life.

Sordid Lives is not only a stage play, but was a film and a short-lived TV series featuring Delta Burke, Beau Bridges and Olivia Newton-John. The original play premiered in Los Angeles in 1996 and won 14 Drama-Logue Awards. It has since become a notable and quotable cult classic.

Michael Disher and Joan Lyons direct. Center Stage’s cast includes Tom Gregory, Edward Kassar, John Leonard, Deborah Marshall, Joseph Marshall, JoAnna Mincarelli, Mary Sabo, Frances Sherman, Danielle Shuman, Kristin Whiting, Gerri Wilson and Scott Wilson.

Sordid Lives will close Sunday. Final performances are Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. All performances are in Southampton Cultural Center’s Levitas Center for the Arts, located on Pond Lane directly across from Agawam Park. Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for students under 21. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 631-287-4377.

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