Sordid Lives


May 27, 2016 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Coronado Playhouse
1835 Strand Way
Coronado, CA 92118
Price Description: $20 Thur. $25 Fri. $27 Sat. $23 Sun $3 Active Military, Student & Senior Discount & Great Group Rates.
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May 27 – June 26, 2016

Thursday, Friday, Saturday @8pm
Sunday @2pm

Written by Del Shores


Directed by Mary L. Smith

In this cult classic, a colorful family from a small Texas town must come to grips with the accidental death of the elderly family matriarch during a clandestine meeting in a seedy motel. The woman’s family must deal with their own demons while preparing for what could be an embarrassing funeral.


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Meet the Cast

  • Larry Fox-Wardell “Bubba” Owens
  • Eric Thompson-Odell Owens/Reverend Barnes
  • Heather Deerfield-Latrelle Williamson
  • Susan Bray-Bitsy Mae Harling
  • MaryAnn Van Sickle-Sissy Hicky
  • Jay Keener-Welsch-Earl “Brother Boy” Ingram
  • Carolyn Wheat-Noleta Netercott
  • Michael Madden-G.W. Netercott
  • Peggy Daly-Juanita
  • Angie Doren-LaVonda Dupree
  • Erik Cram-Ty Williamson
  • Cambria Rose Ruth-Dr. Eve Bolinger

The Playbill

The program can be downloaded here: Sordid Lives Program


April 20, 2016

Coronado Playhouse Box Office: (619) 435-4856

Mary L. Smith, Director: (619) 757-7186

Coronado Playhouse’s 70th Anniversary Season Continues with Sordid Lives Benefitting Stepping Stone of San Diego

May 27-June 26, 2016

Coronado Playhouse is the longest running community theatre in San Diego County and Coronado’s oldest arts organization. The 2016 season marks 70 years of entertainment, service and outreach to Coronado and Southern California audiences.

The Anniversary season continues with Sordid Lives, a hilarious black comedy about white trash. Sordid Lives begins right after Peggy, an upstanding moral woman, hits her head on the sink and dies after tripping over her married lover’s wooden legs in a seedy motel room. Chaos erupts in Winters, Texas, as the dysfunctional family deals with their own demons while preparing for what could be an embarrassing funeral. The hilarity is nonstop as the unlikely characters come to life in this award-winning story that is, ultimately, one of acceptance and family values.

 During the six-week run of performances May 27-June 26, Coronado Playhouse, the Community’s Theatre, is raising money and awareness for Stepping Stone of San Diego, Inc. Stepping Stone has helped save lives for the past 40 years as one of the nation’s only alcohol and drug treatment facility specializing in the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community. For more information visit steppingstonesd.org.

Sordid Lives special events include:

Opening Night Dinner and Show Package Friday, May 27 at 6:30p.m. Don’t miss this special buffet dinner and show for only $50 per person. The delicious catered meal will be served from 6:30-7:30pm. Show starts at 8pm.

The comedy Sordid Lives, written by Del Shores, author of Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got the Will?), was nominated for over 30 awards during its long run in Los Angeles in the late 1990s. The show is directed by Mary L. Smith and produced by Lynn Wolsey. The cast features Susan Bray as Bitsy Mae Harling, Erik Cram as Ty Williamson, Mary Ann Van Sickle as Sissy Hickey, Carolyn Wheat as Noleta Nethercott, Heather Deerfield as Latrelle Williamson, Angie Doren as La Vonda Dupree, Michael Madden as G.W. Nethercott, Larry E. Fox as Wardell Owens, Eric Thompson as Odell Owens/Reverend Barnes, Cambria Rose Ruth as Dr. Eve Bolinger, Jay Keener-Welsch as Earl “Brother Boy” Ingram and Peggy Daly as Juanita.

For more information and to purchase tickets please contact the box office at

619-435-4856 or go to our website, www.coronadoplayhouse.com.

DATES: May 27-June 26, 2016

TIMES: Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays 2:00 p.m.

TICKETS: $20-$27 Active Duty Military, Student and Senior discounts. Excellent group rates are available.

SORDID LIVES is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Please contact the box office for media interest and needs. Coronado Playhouse is a qualified 501(c) 3 non-profit organization as San Diego County’s longest running community theatre.

Sordid Lives Press


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Cast Bios

SusanBraySUSAN BRAY (Bitsy Mae Harling) — Sue is thrilled to be returning to the Coronado Playhouse after appearing as Charlotte in A Little Night Music. She has appeared at OnStage in Always, Patsy Cline and at PowPAC in several shows, including I Do, I Do, I Do for which she received the best actress in a comedy Aubrey award last year. Thank you to Mary for this opportunity, the awesome cast and her husband Kevin for his ongoing support and understanding.


ErikCramERIK CRAM (Ty Williamson) — Erik is a San Diego native actor and local stand up comedian.  He is making his debut at Coronado Playhouse. Erik thanks his family and his wife, Bri, for their love and support. A big thank you to everyone in and around our Sordid Lives.

PeggyDalyPEGGY DALY (Junita) — Peg is thrilled to be performing in lovely Coronado Playhouse’s version of Sordid Lives.  She has enjoyed playing parts in The Oldest Profession, Shadowlands, The Odd (female) Couple, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 and Momma Won’t Fly. She extends her appreciation to everyone involved in Sordid Lives and thanks them for the memories.


HeatherDeerfieldHEATHER DEERFIELD (Latrelle Williamson) — Heather is excited to be back at Coronado Playhouse, where she played Geneva Musgrave in Dearly Beloved. Other recent roles include Avis in Body of Water (PowPAC), Violet in 9 to 5 the Musical (OnStage Playhouse) and Jack’s mother in Into the Woods (Pickwick Players). She thanks director Mary Smith for the opportunity to work with her again and is grateful for the chance to work with her brother, Jay Keener-Welsch and husband, Bill Deerfield.


AngieDorenANGIE DOREN (LaVonda Dupree) — Angie is thrilled to appear at Coronado Playhouse. She played Margaret in 9 to 5 the Musical, Shamz in The Shammy Sisters, Gene in Sealed For Freshness, Diana in Lend Me a Tenor and Melody in Bleacher Bums (all at OnStage Playhouse) and Honey in Bingo, the Winning Musical at PowPAC, and spent 10 years performing nationwide with Joey & Maria’s Comedy Italian Wedding (improv) and San Diego’s National Comedy Theatre. She thanks her Mom for her endless love!


LARRY FOX (Wardell “Bubba” Owens) — Larry is excited to be working at the Coronado Playhouse in this fun production. His theater credits include Short Eyes, Coyote on a Fence, Orson Welles Presents A Christmas Carol, And Then There Were None, The Man From Earth, Mulatto, Proof, Dear Harvey, Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, And the Winner Is, Persuasion, Lovers, Man Who Was Thursday and Harvey.  He thanks his friends and family for their ongoing support as he continues his mid-life crisis!

JayKeener-WelschJAY KEENER-WELSCH (Earl “Brother Boy” Ingram) — Jay is thrilled to be making his San Diego stage debut at Coronado Playhouse. Favorite past roles from the East Coast include Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cain/Japheth in Children of Eden, Sparky in Forever Plaid and Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz. He thanks Mary for this opportunity, Heather and Bill for their continued support, and husband Jake for all
his love and patience on this crazy ride!


MichaelMaddenMICHAEL MADDEN (G.W. Netercott) — Michael is thrilled to debut at Coronado Playhouse. Recent roles include, Body of Water (Aubrey nomination for Best Actor) and The Clean House (PowPAC), The Geez (10th Ave Theatre) and Bottle of Vodka (Best Actor – North Park Vaudeville). He is excited to direct his own play, It Had to Be You, at the 2016 SD Fringe Festival. He thanks Mary Smith for assembling such a wonderful cast, and sends his love to Ann for her unwavering support.

CAMBRIA ROSE RUTH (Dr. Eve Bolinger) — Cambria is currently a student at Grossmont College where she studies Theatre Arts and Psychology.  She has been acting since high school. Her favorite past roles include Stella Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire and Ariel in The Little Mermaid. She is very excited for her debut with Coronado Playhouse, and is thankful to her friends and family for their continued support!

ERIC THOMPSON (Nordell Owens/Reverend Barnes)  — A native Montanan, Eric is new to San Diego where he works as a social sciences teacher at The Arch Academy, a school for gifted students with disabilities.


MaryAnnVanSickleMARY ANN VAN SICKLE (Sissy Hickey)  — Mary Ann is thrilled to return to Coronado Playhouse after appearing in the The Drowsy Chaperone. A transplant from Los Angeles, she enjoyed a long career in television and commercials.  Favorite theatre roles include The Game’s Afoot, Noises Off, Quilters, The Foreigner, Mrs. California, Requiem for a Heavyweight, Mame, Assassins, Sweeney Todd and Gypsy. Many thanks to Mary and those Sordid Lives gals, Heather, Angie, Carolyn, Susan, Peggy and, of course, Tammy Wynette.

CAROLYN WHEAT (Noleta Netercott)  — Carolyn made her theatrical debut at Coronado Playhouse when it still had a pole in the middle of the stage! Since then, she has appeared in numerous productions around San Diego.  Favorite roles include Margot Wendice in Dial ‘M’ for Murder and Elaine Wheeler in Night Watch (both at PowPAC), Kate in Dancing at Lughnasa (OnStage Playhouse) and Ophelia in Hamlet (Coronado Playhouse). Unlike Noleta, Carolyn is against the illegal use of prescription drugs!



Creative Team

MarySmithMARY L. SMITH (Director/Sound Design/Light Tech) Mary’s directing credits include The Well of Horniness, Movie Queens, Coming Soon, Healin’ Dirt Diner and Rules of Love (Diversionary Theatre); Love with a Stranger (Lamplighters Theatre); “The Castle Show” (Legoland, California); Taking Chances an original musical (St. Cecilia’s); The Rainmaker, Cowgirls and A Body of Water (PowPAC). She served as Company Manager for Sills and Company in Los Angeles and New York. Many thanks to the cast and crew, because without them there is no show.

LYNN WOLSEY (Producer) This is Lynn’s debut production at Coronado Playhouse, and she is greatly appreciative of the warm welcome extended by the staff. Previous productions include Agnes of God; See How They Run; The Spitfire Grill; Shadowlands; The Rainmaker;  Awake and Sing!; Cowgirls; The Sugar Bean Sisters; Body of Water; Corpse!; Wrong Window!; Bingo, the Winning Musical; The Last 5 Years and Private Eyes. Many thanks to the marvelous cast and crew for their creativity and professionalism and for their months of hard work preparing for Sordid Lives.

BiollDeerfieldBILL DEERFIELD (Assistant Director) Bill is proud to make his debut at Coronado Playhouse as Assistant  Director. He has been a theater and English teacher for over 20 years and has been involved in theater for 40 years. He wishes his wife, Heather Deerfield, and brother-in-law, Jay Keener-Welsch, a great show, and thanks Director and friend, Mary Smith, for this opportunity to be part of another excellent show!

KIRSTEN GIARD BRANCH (Set Design/Scenic Painting/Sound Design/Set Construction/Props) Kirsten taught theatre at Valhalla High School for 23 years and currently teaches at IDEA Center High School in East County. She is a La Jolla Playhouse  teaching artist and also co-founder and board member of the San Diego Educational Theatre Association. She is co-owner/presenter of Survivor Theatre Teacher Edition Theatre Teacher Workshops. She is recognized at the school, district, county and state levels for her  excellence in teaching and directing, and was named 2010 California Educational Theatre Association Educator of the Year. She holds a BA in Theatre and a Masters in Theatre Design from Southern Oregon University, Ashland.

KATHY PARKS (Stage Manager) Kathy has worked backstage for numerous productions with Coronado Playhouse, Pickwick Players and  Trinity Theatre Company. She is excited to work with this new (to her) and fabulous cast and crew. She sends her love to sons Connor and Sean Paul Boyd and hopes you all enjoy the show!

SHELLY CRICKETT (Costume Design) Shelly recently costumed Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and co-costumed The Best Little Whore House in Texas (both at Coronado Playhouse). She also costumed several shows for OnStage Playhouse and Pickwick Players. She is a kindergarten teacher and enjoys working with this awesome cast and production team. She thanks her family and friends who have supported her during this endeavor.

CHAD OAKLEY (Lighting Design)  Chad’s recent work at Coronado Playhouse includes lighting designs for A Little Night Music, Romeo  and Juliet, Chicago and Pageant (Aubrey Award) and Assistant Director and Set Design for Tartuffe. Other lighting designs include  Disappearing Act and Precious Little (Innermission Productions), Lost in the Pines (Magnetic North) and Blithe Spirit, Coyote on a Fence  and The Glass Menagerie (OnStage Playhouse). Chad is excited to finally be working with Mary.

PAM EVERETT (Props/House Dressing)

JULIAN SINK (Sound Tech)



ROSEMARY KING (Scenic Painting)

STAN SOTH (Specialty Props)

RICHARD BAIN (Set Construction)

DUSTIN HOLUM (Set Construction)

BARRON HENZEL (Graphic Design/Program Design)

TONY EISNEHOWER (Head Shot Photography)

ANDRIANA ZUNGA-WILLIAMS (Production Photography)


Show Events

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Community Theatre is made by, with and for the community in which it is performed. Coronado Playhouse is committed to pursuing community theatre in the truest sense of the words by giving back to the people of San Diego County and using our public platform to help those in need.

During the five-week run of performances we are partnering with Stepping Stone in an effort to bring much needed exposure and donations to this worthy cause.

stepping stone

Stepping Stone of San Diego is a non-profit alcohol and drug recovery program founded in 1976 to serve the needs of San Diego’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities.  Our programs includes a 31 bed residential treatment facility and 12 bed sober living home where we provide drug and alcohol treatment, mental health services, case management and assistance to those with HIV/AIDS.   We believe that an environment where individuals can feel accepted and not judged based on their sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, or race is the key to the beginning of a healthy, drug and alcohol-free life.

For 40 years Stepping Stone has focused on the underserved members of our community and offered our services regardless of their financial means.  We rely on the generous support of the community to make sure these life saving services are available to anyone who turns to us for help.  We thank the Coronado Playhouse for helping promote our program as a community partner.  For more information on our program, or how to help, you can visit us at steppingstonesd.org.