Southern Baptist Sissies

Southern Baptist Sissies is the film version of the award-winning 2000 play by writer/director Del Shores. The film is not an adaptation, but an actual capturing of the play in the theatre on the stage, allowing the film audience to be a part of the electricity and intimacy of the original theatrical experience. It explores the conflict between the caustic rhetoric of dogmatic religion and the fragile development of adolescent homosexuality as it follows the journey of four gay boys growing up in a Southern Baptist Church. Storyteller and narrator Mark Lee Fuller (Emerson Collins) guides the story. The thinker, he questions the teachings of the church from an early age. Andrew (Matthew Scott Montgomery) prays for God to take his homosexuality away, even as he begins to explore his sexual identity. Benny (Willam Belli) embraces his own true nature early on and becomes a drag entertainer. T.J. (Luke Stratte-McClure), Mark's first love, fights his own feelings, rejects and judges Mark, and attempts to live his life with a woman.

The screening will be held at Club David in Sioux Falls and will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, 2014. Tickets are $8 in advance and $12 at the door.

Writer/Director Del Shores will be available for Q & A via Skype after the film.

All profits will be donated to The Center for Equality.