ACT 1 debuts Southern-fried cult classic ‘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 can’t wait for audiences to experience the full gallery of Sordid Lives’ 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.”

The cast of Sordid Lives is chalk full of Music City theatre veterans including Melissa Williams, Rusti Rae, Chuck Long, Jennifer Whitcomb-Olivia, Joy Tilley Perryman, Trey Palmer, Jim Manning, Holly Butler, Pam Jasper, Macon Kimbrough, Tim Bush, Tammy Southerland, Michael Welch and Jessica Childs.

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 the 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 award-winning ACT 1 website at All individual tickets are $15. When accompanied by a paying adult, secondary school students get in free on Thursdays and Sundays.

photo credit: (From left to right): Joy Perryman, Tim Bush, Macon Kimbrough and Pam Jasper in a scene from Sordid Lives.