Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Del Shores The Storyteller Special Two Performance Engagement Featuring Rue McClanahan to Benefit the Harvey Milk School

Bruce Robert Harris, Jack W. Batman, and Jason Dottley are pleased to announce two special New York City performances of Del Shores' one-man show Del Shores The Storyteller to benefit NYC's Harvey Milk High School. Legendary TV icon Rue McClanahan will make a special guest appearance on Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 7:30 PM and 10:30 PM.

The award-winning playwright, TV and film writer, director, and producer steps back on stage in his unscripted one-man show Del Shores The Storyteller for two performances only at the TBG Arts Center, 312 West 36th Street.

Shores is best known for his 1996 play Sordid Lives and the 2001 cult classic film based on it. Last year, the play-turned-film was adapted by Shores for the small screen and premiered to rave reviews on MTV/LOGO, becoming their biggest hit to date. The series is currently syndicated internationally in over a dozen countries.

Other plays by Shores include his GLAAD award-winning Southern Baptist Sissies; the Ovation and Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle award-winning The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife; and the now classic Daddy's Dyin' (Who's Got The Will?) for which Shores executive produced and adapted the screenplay for the 1990 MGM film.

Shores will share the real life stories that have inspired his writing and more in Del Shores The Storyteller. Yes, there was a man with two wooden legs. But did his grandmother trip over them and die while having a sordid affair? And did his mother really ask, "What exactly do you do. when you're gay?" If so, what was the acclaimed writer's response? Yes, prayers were answered and a matching vein was found in a vein bank over in Baton Rogue to replace his Uncle Humpty's collapsed vein. But did Humpty lose the leg after all those prayers? And what relative really shot a policeman in the "saliva gland" and shoulder? Truth and fiction are finally separated in Del Shores The Storyteller.

"It's a dream come true to perform my new show in New York City, and I'm thrilled that the show is benefiting Harvey Milk High School," Shores said.

The first season of "Sordid Lives: The Series" premiered in the summer of 2008 garnering rave reviews for Shores and the all-star cast (Rue McClanahan, Olivia Newton-John, Caroline Rhea, Leslie Jordan and Beth Grant). Shores has also written and produced for many TV shows, most notably "Dharma & Greg" and "Queer as Folk."

Tickets for this special New York City engagement of Del Shores The Storyteller are priced at $35 and may be purchased by calling Del Shores Productions at 323-654-6083. More information about this and future performances nationwide can be found at

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