Southern Baptist Sissies, the Kirk-Burgess Productions presentation of the Del Shores’ acclaimed play, continues through Saturday after opening to sold-out shows during the July 5 weekend at the Darkhorse Theater. Tickets are going quickly, with the limited tickets remaining for the remainder of the run.
With its theme of religion clashing with sexuality, Sissies has been lauded by critics as “daring, heroic, and no-holds-barred hilarious.” This is the first opportunity for Middle Tennessee audiences to see a live staging of the show by a Nashville theater company.
Sissies is the unflinching story of four gay boys raised Southern Baptist. Each one confronts what it means to be gay versus what the church says about their homosexuality. The church’s condemning nature presents a plethora of conflicting feelings for each of the characters.
The cast includes Nashville stage favorites Cinda McCain, Chuck Long, Danny Proctor, Daniel Vincent, Rusti Rae, Matt Smith, L.T. Kirk, Josh Stutts and Carl Goad. Anne-Geri’ Fann serves as director, while Justin Burgess is assistant director. Donald Powell and Kirk are the producers of the show.
Kirk – the son of a Baptist minister – and Burgess say that the play is a perfect fit with their mission to present audiences with edgy and controversial works that don’t often find outlets in Nashville. Kirk believes that an often quoted question from Sissies, “How do you stop the hate that is spewed in the name of the Lord?” resonates with audiences.
Remaining performance dates are today (July 11), Friday and Saturday; all shows begin at 7:30 p.m. The Darkhorse is located at 4610 Charlotte Ave.
Tickets are $12 at the door (Seniors $10) by cash or check. Reservations can be made by calling 615-942-6211, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kirk-Burgess Productions is headed by actors/producers Kirk and Burgess.