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ACT 1 2013/2014 season opens October 4th with 'Sordid Lives'

ACT 1 opens 2013/2014 season with 'Sordid Lives'

"Sordid Lives" is often referred to by its tag line, “a black comedy about white trash,” and ACT 1 is proud to be the first Nashville theatre company to bring this crowd-pleasing favorite to Middle Tennessee audiences.

The story centers around three generations of a small town Texas family coming together for the funeral of their matriarch, who actually died after tripping over her lover’s wooden legs during a rendezvous at the local motel.

Director Dave McGinnis is a big fan of playwright Del Shores’ work (he directed Shores’ "Daddy’s Dying, Who’s Got the Will" recently) and can’t wait for audiences to experience the full gallery of the play's colorful characters. McGinnis notes, “What I love about Del’s plays, is even through some absurd situations and characters, the shows always have a message. Sordid Lives gives great insight into accepting people for who they are as well as being able to simply be yourself and not feel the need to hide behind a mask of what you feel society thinks is acceptable.”

"Sordid Lives" has attracted a ravenous following over the years and McGinnis hopes that will translate into big crowds for ACT 1’s production. Devoted fans of the movie and play can quote most of the lines verbatim. Sordid Lives viewing parties are akin to a southern version of midnight movie favorite "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

ACT 1’s production of Del Shores' contemporary classic "Sordid Lives" is playing at the Darkhorse Theatre, located at 4610 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN 37209. Performance dates are Oct. 4, 5, 6, 10, 11 and 12. All performances begin at 7:30 pm except Sunday, Oct. 6 matinee, which begins at 2:30 pm.

For ticket information and purchases, please visit or the ACT 1 website. All individual tickets are $15. When accompanied by a paying adult, secondary school students get in free on Thursdays and Sundays.

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