Jun
11
Tue
Jim Dant’s ‘Stories I Can’t Tell in Church’ @ West Main Artists Co-Operative
Jun 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

TUESDAY, JUNE 11
TWO SHOWS!
@ 7 & 9 p.m.

After capacity crowds in San Francisco, Atlanta, Greenville and Columbia, Jim Dant has agreed to bring this comedy hit to Spartanburg’s Fringe Arts Festival. As pastor of Greenville’s 100% inclusive First Baptist Church, Jim has been complimented, cursed, blessed, blessed out, near deified and damned for being an LGBTQ ally.  It all makes for a lot of laughs and a lot of tears in this unique comedy.

Each performance is about one hour and Jim will be signing copies of his latest book This I Know: A Simple Biblical Defense for LGBTQ Christians in between performances. Get your copy at our merchandise table at the box office.

ABOUT JIM DANT
Jim Dant currently serves as Senior Minister of First Baptist Church, Greenville, SC. He is the author of seven books including his latest – This I Know: A Simple Biblical Defense for LGBTQ Christians. In his free time, he’s a dad to three daughters, Pop to one granddaughter, a semi-professional poker player and a bass guitarist in an R&B Funk Band. He’s just a lot of fun!

TUESDAY, JUNE 11
TWO SHOWS!
@ 7 & 9 p.m.

Jun
12
Wed
Intimate Dinner; or Tap Water Is Fine A Solo Show by Lauren French @ West Main Artists Co-Operative
Jun 12 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Lauren French’s Intimate Dinner; or Tap Water Is Fine

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 @ 9 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26 @ 7 p.m.

Intimate Dinner; or Tap Water Is Fine, a solo show written and performed by Lauren French and directed by Prentiss Standridge, invites the audience to an exclusive and fictional Food and Wine Festival Event hosted at an upscale, exclusive, and fictional fine dining eatery in Downtown Spartanburg. The audience follows a server named Lauren and 17 other characters as she waits on various customers and navigates surprise guest appearances by celebrity chefs. “Intimate Dinner” is a comedic and loving look at our absurd relationships with food and fine dining.

TICKET INFO TBA

 

Jun
19
Wed
Broadway Genderbent by Kate and Jamie Riedy @ West Main Artists Co-Operative
Jun 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kate and Jamie Riedy
Kate and Jamie Riedy

Broadway Genderbent by Kate and Jamie Riedy

Tuesday, June 19 @ 7 p.m.
A unique twist on Broadway show tunes with Kate and Jamie Riedy. The siblings will perform classic songs typically sung by the opposite gender from blockbusters such as Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Dear Evan Hansen, Shrek, and more!
Jun
23
Sun
A Sordid Evening with Del Shores @ West Main Artists Co-Operative
Jun 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:45 pm
Photo by Jason Grindle

The Sh*t Stirrer by Del Shores
Stand-Up Comedy Show
Sunday, June 23 @ 7 p.m.
$15

Post-show VIP Wine Reception &
This is Your Sordid Life: An Interview with Del Shores

@ 8:30 p.m.
$15

DOUBLE DOWN DEL (BOTH EVENTS) $25

Fresh off his award-winning tour ‘Six Characters in Search of a Play,” Del Shores, known for his blasphemous work (Sordid Lives and Southern Baptist Sissies), is back on the road with his new stand-up comedy show The Sh*t Stirrer on Sunday June 23 at 7 p.m., followed by a VIP Reception and This is Your Sordid Life: An Intimate Interview with Del Shores at 8:30 p.m., featuring an On-stage Interview, Retrospective and Audience Q&A with complimentary wine and light hor’dourves.

Del Shores has written, directed and produced successfully across studio and independent film, network and cable television as well as theatre.

The Sh*t Stirrer by Del Shores
Stand-Up Comedy Show
Sunday, June 23 @ 7 p.m.
$15

Post-Show VIP Wine Reception &
This is Your Sordid Life: An Interview with Del Shores

@ 8:30 p.m.
$15

DOUBLE DOWN DEL $25
(Both Spectacularly Sordid Affairs)

ABOUT DEL SHORES
Del Shores is the writer/director/producer of the films Sordid LivesBlues for WilladeanSouthern Baptist Sissies and A Very Sordid Wedding.  He wrote and executive produced the MGM feature Daddy’s Dyin’…Who’s Got The Will?   He has written seven plays, all published by Samuel French, produced thousands of times worldwide, four adapted for screen.   In television, Del wrote, directed, executive produced and created the LOGO series, Sordid Lives: The Series. He also wrote and executive produced Showtime’s groundbreaking Queer As Folk for the last three seasons, wrote and produced for Dharma & Greg and Ned & Stacey.  He has directed Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer; Grammy Award winner Olivia Newton-John; Emmy winners/nominees Beau Bridges, Delta Burke, Leslie Jordan, Bonnie Bedelia, Bobbie Eakes, Patrika Darbo and Rue McClanahan; Spirit Award winner Dale Dickey; Screen Actor’s Guild Award-winner Beth Grant; as well as Caroline Rhea, Debby Holiday and David Steen. As a performer, Shores has performed in hundreds of standup gigs and just completed a 2018 national tour with his new critically acclaimed and award-winning one-man play Six Characters In Search Of A Play directed by Emerson Collins, which was filmed in 2019 at The Celebration Theatre live for upcoming film festivals and DVD/streaming release.  He is standup show Del Shores The Sh*t Stirrer is currently on tour.

Shores’ career took off with the play Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got The Will?) in 1987, which ran two years, winning many Los Angeles theatre awards, including LA Weekly’s Best Production and Best Writing.  The play has subsequently been produced in over 2,500 theatres worldwide.  A movie version of Daddy’s Dyin’ was released in 1990 by MGM starring Beau Bridges, Tess Harper, Judge Reinhold, Keith Carradine and Beverly D’Angelo.  Shores wrote the screenplay and executive produced the film.

Sordid Lives, his fourth play, opened in Los Angeles in 1996 and ran 13 sold-out months.  The play went on to win 14 Drama-Logue Theatre Awards, including three for Shores for wring, directing and producing. There have since been over 300 additional stage productions of the play.

In 1999, Shores wrote and directed the film version 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.  Opening in only eight theatres across the country, the little film that could took in nearly two million dollars in its limited release.  The movie became a cult phenomenon and became the longest running film in the history of Palm Springs with a record ninety-six weeks.

The movie won many festival awards including Best Film at the New York Independent Film & Video Festival, Atlanta Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival, Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival, South Beach Film Festival, Memphis International Film Festival and the San Diego International Film Festival  and won a total of thirteen “Audience Awards.”  In 2002 Twentieth Century Fox released the DVD/Video, which has now sold over 300,000 units.

His play Southern Baptist Sissies followed, and it enjoyed a ten-month sold-out run in Los Angeles in 2000.  Revived in 2002, Sissies had another six month sold-out run. Shores  received the LA Weekly, Robby and Maddy for Best Direction and the Backstage West Garland, Robby and Maddy for Best Writing.  The play was also awarded the prestigious GLAAD Award for Outstanding Production of the Year.

In 2003, The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife became Shores’ most critically acclaimed play.  After a six-month sold-out run in Los Angeles, Shores won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle’s Ted Schmitt Award for Best World Premiere of an Outstanding New Play.  The Circle also awarded the play Best Production and Best Lead Performance to Beth Grant.  Trials also won five Back Stage West Garland Awards, two NAACP Awards, an LA Stage Alliance Ovation and three LA Weekly Awards.

In 2006, Shores revived three of his plays (Sordid Lives, Southern Baptist Sissies, The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife) in Los Angeles before taking to the road for a successful six city national tour, starring Delta Burke and Leslie Jordan, which played in 1000-1700 seat houses.

Sordid Lives: The Series, a television series prequel to the film, premiered on Viacom’s LOGO network in 2008 starring Olivia Newton-John, Rue McClanahan, Leslie Jordan, Beth Grant, Caroline Rhea and many of the original stage and film cast.  Shores created, wrote, directed and executive produced all twelve episodes.  The series became LOGO’s biggest hit to date, and was distributed internationally through IMG worldwide in syndication in seventeen countries.

In addition to Sordid Lives: The Series, in television Shores has written and produced for many shows including Dharma and Greg and the last three seasons of the ground-breaking Showtime series Queer as Folk.  He also wrote, directed and produced the Showtime movie The Wilde Girls, starring Olivia Newton-John and Swoosie Kurtz.

In 2009, Shores hit the road and played 34 cities to sold-out houses with his one-man show Del Shores: My Sordid Life. The DVD was filmed and released in 2012 by Breaking Glass Pictures.  He also performed stand-up with various Sordid Lives stars including Rue McClanahan, Caroline Rhea and Leslie Jordan in A Sordid Affair, playing large theatres in Dallas, Atlanta, Ft. Lauderdale and Raleigh as well as four nights at Comix in New York City.

The world premiere of Shores’ newest play, Yellow, opened June 11, 2010 to rave reviews and ran six sold-out months.  Yellow followed in the unmatched footsteps of Shores’ six previous world premiere productions that have run collectively for over eight years and won over one hundred Los Angeles theatre awards.  The production swept various Los Angeles theatre awards including Best World Premiere, Best Production, Best Direction for Del Shores himself (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, Backstage Garland, LA Weekly, Broadway World.)  The play became Shores’ seventh Samuel French published play and just played to sold-out houses for Uptown Players in Dallas at the historic Kalita Humpheys.  He also directed the Dallas production.

Shores wrote, directed and produced the film version of his play The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife with the entire original stage cast: Beth Grant (Sordid Lives, Little Miss Sunshine, No Country For Old Men) Octavia Spencer (Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG Award Winner “Minnie” in The Help), Dale Dickey (Spirit Award Winner, Best Supporting Actress Winter’s Bone), David Steen (Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained) and top 10 Billboard dance artist Debby Holiday.  The film adaption is entitled Blues For Willadean and was released in select theatres in late 2012.  It is now available on iTunes and other pay per view services.

In the summer of 2011, Shores took to the road again, selling out his new stand-up show Del Shores: Sordid Confessions in 40 cities.   Shores returned to his home state of Texas in January of 2012 to film the show at the famous Rose Room in Dallas.  Breaking Glass Pictures released the DVD to rave reviews.  His stand-up career continued to explode and he launched his third national tour in 2012 with Del Shores: Naked.Sordid.Reality which he performed over fifty times then was filmed The Rose Room.  He is currently completing his fourth stand-up tour with DEL SHORES: SINgularly SORDID, where he addresses his abrupt single life in his fifties, along with more stories, political rants and his signatory P.S. F.U. letters.

Shores film of his play Southern Baptist Sissies stormed the film festival circuit in 2013 and won ten major awards, including many for Shores.  The film stars Emerson Collins, Willam Belli, Matthew Scott Montgomery, Luke Stratte-McClure, Newell Alexander, Rosemary Alexander, Bobbie Eakes, Ann Walker, Dale Dickey and Leslie Jordan.

Shores also recently returned to acting, co-starring in the 2013 independent feature Cry.

Shores’ final chapter of his Sordid Lives franchise – A Very Sordid Wedding – is now in limited release, gaining rave reviews and selling out in all cities where it has opened.  The film stars many of the Sordid veterans including Bonnie Bedelia, Leslie Jordan, Caroline Rhea, Dale Dickey and Ann Walker with cameos by Whoopi Goldberg, Alec Mapa and Carole Cook.  The story advances the characters seventeen years, posing the question:  What happens when marriage equality comes marching into Winters, Texas.   The film had its world premiere in Palm Springs March 10, 2017.

STAGE:
Cheatin’ (1984)
Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got The Will?) (1987)
Daughters of the Lone Star State (1993)
Sordid Lives (1996)
Southern Baptist Sissies (2000)
The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife (2003)
Yellow (2010).
Theatre Awards And Nominations: Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle, Ovation, GLAAD, Back Stage West Garland, NAACP and LA Weekly (2006 Career Achievement Award).

FILM:
Daddy’s Dyin’… Who’s Got The Will? Writer/Executive Producer, (MGM);
Sordid Lives Writer/Director/Producer (Regent Entertainment) – 13 festival Audience Awards, 3 Best Picture Awards, 1 Best Soundtrack Award; Blues For Willadean Writer/Director/Producer (Kestrel Films) – Shout Film Festival’s Best Narrative Audience Award;
Southern Baptist Sissies (Breaking Glass Pictures) — 15 festival awards, 9 Audience Awards;
A Very Sordid Wedding Writer/Director/Producer (9 festival awards).

OTHER FILM AWARDS:
Lifetime Achievement Award 2012 FilmOut San Diego,
Emerging Artist Award 2013 Stanley Kramer Film Festival,
Pioneer Filmmaker Award 2014 B’more QFest,

TELEVISION:
Sordid Lives: The Series (Logo,Writer/Director/Producer)
Queer As Folk (Showtime, Writer/Co-Executive Producer)
Tinseltown (Logo, Pilot. Writer/Co-creator/Executive Producer)
Dharma and Greg (ABC, Writer/Consulting Producer)
Ned and Stacey (FBC, Writer/Producer)
Mr. and Mrs. Smith (CBS, Writer/Co-Producer)
The Travel Agency (CBS Pilot.  Writer/Co-creator/Executive Producer)
The Wilde Girls (Showtime, Writer/Director/Executive Producer)
The Travel Agency (CBS Pilot.  Writer/Creator/Executive Producer)
Harry (NBC Pilot.  Writer/Creator/Executive Producer),
Live Shot, Martial Law, Touched By An Angel, Dad, The Angel and Me (Writer).

STAND-UP NATIONAL TOURS:
Del Shores: My Sordid Life (2010, DVD Breaking Glass Pictures)
Del Shores: Sordid Confessions (2011, DVD Breaking Glass Pictures)
Del Shores: Naked.Sordid.Reality (2012, DVD Del Shores Productions
Del Shores:  My Sordid Best (2013-2014)
Del Shores: SINgularly Sordid (2015-2016)

Twitter/Instagram: @DelShores

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/delshoresfanclub

Jun
26
Wed
Intimate Dinner; or Tap Water Is Fine A Solo Show by Lauren French @ West Main Artists Co-Operative
Jun 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Lauren French’s Intimate Dinner; or Tap Water Is Fine

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 @ 9 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26 @ 7 p.m.

Intimate Dinner; or Tap Water Is Fine, a solo show written and performed by Lauren French and directed by Prentiss Standridge, invites the audience to an exclusive and fictional Food and Wine Festival Event hosted at an upscale, exclusive,and fictional fine dining eatery in Downtown Spartanburg. The audience follows a server named Lauren (and 17 other characters) as she waits on various customers and navigates surprise guest appearances by celebrity chefs. “Intimate Dinner” is a comedic and loving look at our absurd relationships with food and fine dining.

Intimate Dinner; or Tap Water Is Fine A Solo Show by Lauren French @ West Main Artists Co-Operative
Jun 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Lauren French’s Intimate Dinner; or Tap Water Is Fine

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 @ 9 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26 @ 7 p.m.

Intimate Dinner; or Tap Water Is Fine, a solo show written and performed by Lauren French and directed by Prentiss Standridge, invites the audience to an exclusive and fictional Food and Wine Festival Event hosted at an upscale, exclusive,and fictional fine dining eatery in Downtown Spartanburg. The audience follows a server named Lauren (and 17 other characters) as she waits on various customers and navigates surprise guest appearances by celebrity chefs. “Intimate Dinner” is a comedic and loving look at our absurd relationships with food and fine dining.