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FERNDALE – Affirmations, the Ferndale-based LGBT community center, will host a performance of “Sordid Lives” on Thursday, April 6, as part of the organization’s ongoing series of social gatherings called Shindigz!
According to Kathleen LaTosch, Affirmations’ director of special events and marketing, “Sordid Lives” is a perfect fit for the Shindigz! series. “Not only is the play’s main character gay,” she said, “but the plot has so many fun twists and turns, it’s sure to be a hit among our community.”
Embracing the differences between people – and finding common ground – is the underlying message of the play, an outrageous comedy that runs March 24-April 8 at St. Dunstan’s Theatre Guild of Cranbrook. And it’s also one of the key missions of Affirmations.
Written by Del Shores (who has written and produced for TV shows including “Dharma and Greg,” “Family Ties” and “Queer as Folk”), “Sordid Lives” tells the story of a hilariously dysfunctional family brought together by the death of its matriarch. The cause of her death – tripping over her lover’s wooden legs in a motel room and hitting her head – is only the beginning of the skeletons that come marching out of the family’s closet. By turns both hilarious and poignant, the play reveals the family at both its worst and its best as they come to grips with their grief – and with each other.
“This incredibly funny play has a lot to say about the power of family, relationships, acceptance and love,” explained the show’s director, Jeff Davison of Bingham Farms. “And it mirrors Affirmations’ mission, which is about creating an atmosphere of safety and acceptance for all people.”
The public is welcome to attend the special April 6 performance of “Sordid Lives” at St. Dunstan’s Theatre Guild of Cranbrook, located at 400 Lone Pine Road between Cranbrook and Lahser in Bloomfield Hills.
Tickets are $20 each and include complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets for this performance can be purchased through the Affirmations Web site at http://www.goaffirmations.org.
“Sordid Lives” contains adult language and subject matter and is not suitable for children.
For more information about “Sordid Lives” and St. Dunstan’s Theatre Guild of Cranbrook, a non-profit volunteer theatre group dedicated to furthering the arts while benefiting the larger community, visit http://www.StDunstansTheatre.com.