Follows the journey of four gay boys in the Baptist Church. Storyteller Mark Lee Fuller tries to create a world of love and acceptance in the church and clubs of Dallas, Texas, while desperately trying to find a place to put his own pain and rage.
The world Mark creates also includes two older barflies, Peanut and Odette, whose banter takes the audience from hysterical laughter to tragedy and tears. With a theme of religion clashing with sexuality, the play opened to rave reviews in Los Angeles during its original run in 2000 and became the most awarded play of the year, winning the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding LA Theater Production, as well as multiple LA Weekly Theater Awards, Los Angeles Critics Awards, Ovation Awards, Backstage West Garland Awards and Robby Awards.
What did the critics say?
"the cast assembled by director Wayne Shaw wears its personae with winsome grace and unflinching conviction, frequently reaching out to us past the stage's fourth wall with a confidentiality inviting response from a bigger audience." - Mary Shen Barnidge, Windy City Times
"Ludicrous Theatre-Chicago's brave production of Del Shore's Southern Baptist Sissies puts a magnifying glass over the way a deeply steeped religious community can slowly suffocate those "sissies" who don't demonstrate the proper ways of the Lord." - Bob Bullen, Chicago Theater Addict
"Southern Baptist Sissies reminds us to question the established rules. To find your inner truth. It may be the tougher path to take because its the one less travelled, but it's the path you need to take. You must take. For your salvation." - Bob Bullen, Chicago Theater Addict
"director Wayne Shaw wisely has his cast take their time with the lines, giving thoughtful and believably natural performances" - John Olson, Chicago Theater Beat
"committed, detailed performances make the show worth seeing."
- Albert Williams, Chicago Reader