UNCW Theatre 2013-2014 Season Begins with Sordid Lives

Monday, September 23, 2013

The University of North Carolina Wilmington Department of Theatre kicks off the 2013-2014 season with a production of Del Shores' Sordid Lives, a dark comedy about a colorful family from a small Texas town. Family members must come to grips with the accidental death of the elderly family matriarch during a clandestine meeting in a seedy motel room with her much younger, married neighbor. They are forced to deal with their own demons as they prepare for what could be an embarrassing funeral.

UNCW's production of Sordid Lives is directed by Ed Wagenseller, with sets by Max Lydy, costumes by Mark Sorensen, and lighting by guest artist Scott Davis. Shores also wrote and directed the film version of Sordid Lives, which featured Olivia Newton John, Beau Bridges and Delta Burke, as well as the television series, which starred Rue McClanahan, Beth Grant and Bonnie Bedelia.

The production runs Sept. 26-29 and Oct. 3-6 in the Mainstage Theatre in the Cultural Arts Building. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees. Tickets are $12 for members of the general public, $10 for seniors and UNCW employees and $5 for students and children. Tickets for the Saturday, Oct. 5 performance are $25 for the general public and include a question-and-answer session with playwright Shores after the performance and a wine-and-cheese reception in the theater lobby. Contact the Kenan Box Office by calling 910.962.3500 to purchase tickets.

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