Gay playwright Del Shores to film award-winning play in Atlanta

Del Shores is securing funding for a movie adaptation of his 2003 award-winning play, “The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife” to be filmed in Atlanta beginning in March.

Jim Brams, who is the publicist for Shores, says the gay playwright was in town this week talking to potential investors for the project at a reception sponsored by Robert and Bobby Reardon and their wives, Dell and Ashley.

Shores is perhaps best known for his play, “Sordid Lives,” which became a cult classic for LGBT audiences. The play was then made into a movie and eventually a TV show on Logo in 2008.
“The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife” is the story of a battered housewife and is told in with seriousness balanced by dark humor — a trademark of Shores. Other Shores classics include “Southern Baptist Sissies” and “Daddy’s Dyin’ — Who’s Got the Will?”

The entire cast from the the play will act in the play, including Beth Grant, who will star as Willadean Winkler, and Emerson Collins, who acted in the “Sordid Lives” movie and TV series, Brams says.

Preproduction is expected to start next month in Atlanta.

In 2009, OnStage Atlanta and The Process Theatre produced “The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife.”