Number 276: Del Shores, playwright, director
6-Oct-06. The newest star on Palm Springs Walk of Stars was unveiled yesterday in front of the Palm Canyon Theatre, dedicated to Del Shores, playwright and director of stage, screen, and TV.
Update, 24-Oct: Here's a picture layout from one of the local rags. If you look closely you may see someone you know.
Del is best known in Palm Springs because his film Sordid Lives — a dark comedy about white trash — ran for over two years at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs, becoming a genuine cult favorite. Yesterday, Ric Supple, co-owner of the Camelot ventured an explanation why the film was so successful here. He attributed it to demographics, saying the film was a perfect match for the "gay and gray" population of Palm Springs, comprised of about equal numbers of gays and the over-50, not to mention that a great many residents fit in both categories.
The ceremony was much longer and more elaborate than I anticipated, with speeches and commendations from cast members, politicians (or their representatives), Walk of Stars board members, and so on. The culmination, of course, was the unveiling of the star itself. Del's star is number 276; the others dot the sidewalks all over downtown Palm Springs.
If you're one of the few people who hasn't seen Sordid Lives at least 13 times, it's available on DVD. It combines a serious and needed "message" with side-splitting belly laughs. At last night's free screening to a full house at the Camelot, the audience recited in unison many of the show's signature lines.
Tonight I'll go to a special stage performance, Sordid Lives: It's a Drag in which all the actors take parts of the opposite gender. It promises to be a hoot.
Another of Del's plays, Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer-Trash Housewife, has played this season in Los Angeles to rave reviews. Sordid Lives and Southern Baptist Sissies are currently on tour in the Season of Shores.
2006 Ovation award nominations for Del's plays
The award ceremony will be November 13th at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.