“southern baptist sissies


In 2000, Del Shores wrote a play called Southern Baptist Sissies exposing the painful journey of growing up gay in a church that preaches it is a sin. It has been produced by over 30 theatre companies across the country, and won countless awards for Del's productions and for other productions as well, including the GLAAD Award for Best Los Angeles theatre. In 2006, a national tour starring Leslie Jordan, Dale Dickey and Delta Burke played to sold out houses across the country.

Del is returning to this piece because in the current political and social climate, as more and more people are accepting of the LGBT community, the rhetoric coming from churches, pastors and faith-based organizations is growing stronger and more hateful. This means that gay and questioning youth in those churches and families are caught in the conflict even more than before as they see a more accepting society while their church spews hate that is more and more aggressive.

This film is a live film of the actual play. Del Shores has updating the script and directs the play with multiple cameras in front of live audiences to make it so the final film feels as though it was shot in one live show with fifteen cameras. The audience and the response in the room is an integral part of the play experience and Del wants to embrace that for this film to share with the viewer in the movie theater and at home.

Starrring: Leslie Jordan, Dale Dickey, Newell Alexander, Rosemary Alexander, Ann Walker, Emerson Collins, Mathew Scott Montgomery, Luke Stratte-McClure and Willam Belli


“Southern Baptist Sissies”


Southern Baptist Sissies is the story of four boys who are gay growing up in the Southern Baptist Church and how they each deal differently with the conflict between the teachings of the church and their sexuality.




        Copyright Out on Film 2013   Information: 456 Kensington Parc Drive, Avondale Estates GA 30002, 404-296-3807  info@outonfilm.org

Wednesday, October 9   *   9:15 pm, 9:30 pm, 9:45 pm  *   135 minutes  

*   Writer/Director: Del Shores

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