Shores, Dottley announce split

Shores and Dottley, in happier times

Del Shores announced via Facebook this weekend that he and husband Jason Dottley, his producing partner and one of the stars of his series Sordid Lives, have decided to divorce. They met 10 years ago and had a commitment ceremony seven years ago; they legally wed in 2008 in California before passage of Prop 8. No details were released about the reason for the breakup, though Shores expressed support for Dottley, who was step-father to Shores’ two daughters. He also stressed that splits like this are further evidence of the need for marriage equality — including divorce rights.

Shores has a deep connection to Texas and Dallas. He grew up in Winters, Texas, and has set several plays in North Texas, including Southern Baptist Sissies. They were last in Dallas this past June, with Dottley performing his music and Shores doing his one-man performance. Shores tells me he has not canceled a scheduled performance, scheduled to take place at the Rose Room in January, where he will film his show.

Shores’ next project, the film adaptation of The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife starring The Help‘s Octavia Spencer, comes out next year.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Dottley, Shores mix it up with protesters in WeHo

In today’s National Pride edition of Dallas Voice, we have an interview with Jason Dottley (who is performing tonight at Station 4) and his partner Del Shores, and their activism. Well, here’s another example of that: At Pride in West Hollywood last week, protesters attended waving anti-gay signage. Not to stay silent, Shores and Dottley carried their own signs and put on a show for the haters. Another image below.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Del Shores gets go-ahead for ‘Trailer Trash’ film

Del Shores

Even though he promised to call me as soon as he got confirmation — I’m talking to you, Delferd! — I had to read in The Hollywood Reporter that Del Shores, the Texas-bred chronicler of small-town people with lots of secrets, has officially inked a deal to produce the movie version of his play Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife. Del talked to me about getting the greenlight in a recent interview, and Uptown Players’ production of the show a few years back delivered a great performance by Cindee Mayfield.

Trailer Trash is one of Shores’ least gay plays, with only reference to a gay son, but it resonates with anyone who has seen a woman beset by a brutish husband.

The film, which Shores will write, direct and produce, is budgeted at $1 million and will star its original stage cast, which includes Beth Grant and Dale Dickey (so deliciously evil in Winter’s Bone). The shoot will take less than a month, and take place in Atlanta. Del says he plays to take it to the festival circuit before seeking a distributor.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Haiti concert raises more than $17,000

Jonathan Palant

Jonathan Palant

The concert for Haiti organized by Turtle Creek Chorale director Jonathan Palant raised more than $17,000 that will go to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. Donations can still be made on the Chorale Web site.

Palant said that there was never a goal.

“Every dollar collected was a dollar that wouldn’t have been sent to Haiti,” he said.

He said that this was the only cultural event in North Texas for the country that was devastated by the Jan. 12 earthquake and he was proud that it was organized by the LGBT community.

The six-hour marathon concert took place at Cathedral of Hope on Friday, Feb. 19. The church’s choir began the evening followed by ENCORE! Anton Shaw sang and then the First Baptist Church of Hamilton Park Men’s Chorus had the fast-growing crowd on its feet.

First Baptist Church of Hamilton Park Men's Chorus

First Baptist Church of Hamilton Park Men's Chorus

—  David Taffet