Leslie Jordan and Del Shores have collaborated countless times over the years, but ironically they’ve never shared a stage in the ATL. That changes when the duo – both gay – appear together on Nov. 23 as part of “A Sordid Soiree,” benefiting AID Atlanta.
Then, on Sunday, Nov. 24, enjoy more stories with the duo at Lips Atlanta during its Gospel Brunch at 12:30 p.m.
The Emmy Award winning actor (“Will and Grace”) met the playwright/director well over two decades ago, when Jordan came in to audition for Shores’ play “Cheating.” Shores remembers that the actor cracked him up at a line reading and they’ve been professional and personal colleagues since. The dynamics have changed over time, though – when they met Shores was engaged to a woman (Jordan would be his best man at the wedding) but later came out.
A week after announcing the 2013 Atlanta Pride parade grand marshals, the Atlanta Pride Committee today released the names of the 2013 parade's honorary grand marshals.
The parade grand marshals are traditionally local LGBT rights activists, who are recognized for their work in Atlanta. The honorary grand marshals, however, are usually individuals not from Atlanta who have made a contribution to LGBT causes.
Daniel Hernandez, Jr., an Arizona native and former intern for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who is credited with saving her life after she was shot at a local meet-and-greet with constituents; noted gay filmmaker and playwright Del Shores; and Lupe Valdez, the lesbian sheriff of Dallas County, Texas, are this year's honorees.
If there is a silver lining to Del Shores’ recent break-up with husband Jason Dottley, it’s that it has brought Shores back on the road – with a whole new array of material.
The playwright behind “Sordid Lives” returns Aug. 17 to Onstage Atlanta with his new “Naked. Sordid. Reality.”
The news that Shores and Dottley were divorcing after 10 years together came as a shock to the performer, although some in the LGBT community had questioned Dottley’s motives.
“It was abrupt and it was planned,” says Shores. “I didn’t see it coming. I was devastated. It’s been hard, but I knew I needed to get back on the road, to hear the energy and laughter.”