Del Shores comes to Baltimore

Playwright and film director Del Shores to appear in Baltimore on Sunday, April 6. (Photo by Alan Mercer / April 1, 2014)

Playwright, film director and LGBT cult favorite Del Shores will be in Baltimore on Sunday for a meet-and-greet with fans, a costume contest and a double billing of two of his films: "Sordid Lives" and "Southern Baptist Sissies."

The ticket-only event was put together as an early offering from B'More QFest, which is hosting a four-day film and media festival in Baltimore in June, of which Gay in Maryland is a sponsor.

The event Sunday is being called the "Southern Tragic Humor Double Bill" -- perhaps for obvious reasons.

"Sordid Lives" is a story about "the tragic humor of growing up white trash, gay and in the Baptist church," and "Southern Baptist Sissies" is a story about six young men who "start to discover and explore sexuality and gender" while "battling what the Southern Baptist Church says about these issues," said Chris Lines, B'More QFest's director, in a release about the event.

The films, which both originated as plays, will be screened at the LGBT Health Resource Center at Chase Brexton in Mount Vernon at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively.

Prior to the films, Shores and Emerson Collins, producer and star of the "Southern Baptist Sissies," will host a meet-and-greet event at the resource center at 2 p.m.

The meet-and-greet is being called a "church potluck," and attendees are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character from "Sordid Lives" for a costume contest (with prizes).

The event will be catered by Station North Arts Cafe Gallery and Nancy by SNAC.

If you don't know Shores' films -- based in part on his growing up in the Baptist Church in Texas -- you might know his work as a writer and producer of the Showtime series "Queer as Folk."

In a statement about the event, Shores said Baltimore "has always been a big fan base" for him, and that he is "thrilled" about visiting.

A ticket covering the meet-and-greet and the two films is $50. A ticket for just the films is $15.

Tickets can be purchased by going to bmorequeer.org.

The Chase Brexton center is located at 1111 N. Charles Street.