If you love dark comedy, Portsmouth Little Theatre has just the show for you. The theatre will be performing Sordid Lives by Del Shores, May 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. The theatre is located at 1117 Lawson Street in Portsmouth.
Sordid Lives is a “black-comedy about white trash,” black meaning, the humor is dark and sarcastic. After a well-received performance of Del Shore’s ‘Daddy’s Dying Who’s Got the Will?’ it was decided to add another Shore’s show to the season.
“The story line goes this way: there is a funeral that is being planned, the matriarch of the family (Peggy) was in a motel having an affair with another towns member who was a Veteran who happened to have lost his legs in the war. Poor Peggy, she tripped over his wooden legs on her way to the bathroom and unfortunately hit her head and has perished from the accident, so the family is working to come together to host this memorial service for her,” explained Director Staci Slaughter.
This is Slaughter’s first production that she has directed solo. Slaughter co-directed a production several years ago and moved to Columbus where she worked as a film/acting instructor.
“It’s been really exciting for me to come home, when I think of where I started my theatre experience, it started here at the Portsmouth Little Theatre as a young lady. I did a number of shows here before I went on to college, it’s really where my love of theatre started. To be able to be someone who’s successful in the theatre and performing arts world, and to come back home and to be able to provide the experience that I’ve had in a building and theatre that I love, with people that are very dear to my heart, is really exciting.”
The show does deal with adult themes and may be not be suitable for those under the age of thirteen.
“The cast has been super excited about this show, the jokes are funny and each individual castmate has been able to put their own original spin on some of the gags that are written in the script,” said Slaughter. “The cast works so well together and that’s very exciting for us, not only are they having a good time with it, but we have a lot of brand-new members to Portsmouth Little Theatre that have never been on stage before that are learning the ropes from our veterans.”
The theatre will also be hosting a special fundraising raffle. Local artist, Charlie Haskins has assisted in creating some props and set pieces for the show. Haskins has been painting a series focused on Portsmouth’s landmarks and created an original painting of the theatre and donated it to be raffled. In addition to the raffle, prints will also be available for purchase.
“We’re very excited to have him partner with us to kind of hold hands with our artistic community here in Portsmouth,” said Slaughter. Raffle tickets are $5 each and can be purchased in advance by visiting Haskins House, located within the PackRats Antique Store, 534 Second Street. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the theatre on show-nights. The winner will be announced after the final performance on May 27. You do not have to be in attendance if you attended an earlier show or bought tickets in advance.
Tickets for Sordid Lives are available for purchase online at pltlive.com or in house, one hour prior to showtimes. Showtimes are May 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m.
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