Del Shores returns to Camelot Theatres for Palm Springs Premiere of BLUES FOR WILLADEAN on Friday, October 12th.
Del Shores’ Classic comedy, SORDID LIVES played for a record 96 weeks at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs. Now, Shores is returning to the Camelot with his latest feature film, BLUES FOR WILLADEAN, for another fabulous Palm Springs Premiere.
BLUES FOR WILLADEAN is the screen adaptation of the NAACP, LA Drama Critics Circle, LA Weekly, Backstage Garland and LA Stage Ovation Alliance award-winning play THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF A TRAILER TRASH HOUSEWIFE, by Del Shores. It will have its national theatrical premiere at Laemmle’s Noho 7 on October 5th, just one week before coming to Palm Springs for its Palm Springs Premiere at Camelot Theatres on Friday, October 12th.
BLUES FOR WILLADEAN explores the hidden emotions, shame and secrecy of battered women, while also offering hope, healing and truth. A delicate blend of frightened humor and pain, the film delves into the heart of abuse. Writer and director Del Shores draws the audience into the fire, allowing them to laugh one minute and cry the next as they experience emotions revealed from all sides – the abuser, the abused, and the powerless bystander.
The film adaptation of BLUES FOR WILLADEAN stars all five original cast members from the stage production including SAG Award winner Beth Grant (The Artist, Rain Man, Donnie Darko, Little Miss Sunshine) as the title character, Golden Globe and Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer (The Help), Spirit Award winner Dale Dickey (Winter’s Bone), David Steen (Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Django Unchained) and Billboard Dance recording artist Debby Holiday.
These five actors have been performing these roles together since they read them aloud in Shores’ living room for the first time before the 2003 world premiere stage production. Their loyalty to Shores as they have continued to rise in prominence in the industry and the familiar chemistry they share with each other creates a unique honesty in this adaptation that is extremely loyal to the spirit of the original live production which received so many awards for the play, the director and all of the actors individually and as an ensemble.
The Palm Springs Premiere of
BLUES FOR WILLADEAN
Opens FRIDAY, October 12th, 2012.
Shows at 12:00pm and 03:30pm
Meet Del Shores and the Cast at the 7pm show!
Special Introduction by Del Shores before the screening;
Q&A and Meet & Greet with Del and the cast after the Screening!
Screenings continue SATURDAY (10/13) through THURSDAY (10/18)
Showtimes: 12:00pm, 02:40pm, 05:20pm and 08:00pm
2300 East Baristo RoadPalm Springs, California 92262
Tel (760) 325-6565
Or online at: www.camelottheatres.com
THE PRODUCTION: Kestrel Films out of Atlanta, Georgia produced the film in association with Del Shores Productions and Big Leap Productions. The production team includes Producers Emerson Collins, Robert L. Rearden, Jr., Robert L. Rearden III and Del Shores; Executive Producer Louise H. Beard; Co-producers Tamera Brooks, Luis Colina and Joe Patrick Ward; Associate Producer Anthony Gore; Line Producer Tamera Brooks; Editor Luis Colina; Music by Joe Patrick Ward; Costume Designer T. Ashanti Mozelle; Production Designer Chris Anthony Miller; Written for the screen and Directed by Del Shores.
Beth Grant – “Willadean Winkler”
“Grant thoroughly inhabits Willadean's soul. It is both heartbreaking and awe-inspiring to witness.” – Daily Variety
One of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces, Grant has starred in over seventy feature films including three Best Picture Academy Award winners, The Artist, No Country For Old Men and Rain Man. She has won the SAG Ensemble Award for Little Miss Sunshine and No Country For Old Men. Other popular films include Donnie Darko, Sordid Lives, Rock Star, The Rookie, Matchstick Men, Speed, City Slickers II, To Wong Foo, Dance With Me, A Time To Kill and the upcoming As I Lay Dying adaptation from James Franco. On television, Grant has starred and recurred on many shows including Pushing Daisies, Sordid Lives: The Series, Jericho, Six Feet Under, My Name is Earl, Malcolm in the Middle, King of the Hill, Everwood, Coach, Modern Family, Friends, The X-Files, Criminal Minds, the upcoming Mockingbird Lane, a re-envisioning of The Munsters, and The Mindy Kaling Project. Grant is a recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, the L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award, and The Backstage West Garland Award for best actress in a leading role for The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife.
Octavia Spencer – “LaSonia Robinson”
“Spencer's LaSonia is a rock bed of down home common sense and stability who is quick to love and just as quick to condemn.” – Daily Variety
Octavia Spencer won the Golden Globe, SAG Award, BAFTA Award and Academy Award for her beloved by critics and fans alike portrayal of “Minny Jackson” in the film adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel The Help. A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Octavia began her film career in a small part opposite Sandra Bullock in A Time to Kill. In 2003, she made her stage debut in Los Angeles, in Del Shores’ award winning play, The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife. It is was her very first time performing in live theatre with the same cast who join her in the film. Her extensive screen credits include: Pretty Ugly People, Herpes Boy, Halloween 2, Coach Carter, Charm School, Win A Date with Tad Hamilton, Spiderman, Big Momma’s House, Never Been Kissed, & Being John Malkovich, Dinner For Shmucks and Peep World. Numerous guest star roles on TV including: The Big Bang Theory, E.R., CS”, CSI: NY, Raising the Bar, Medium, and NYPD Blue.
Dale Dickey – “Rayleen Hobbs”
“The resplendent Dale Dickey provides cracker jack comic relief and ultimate poignancy as Rayleen.” – Backstage West
Dale Dickey is best known for Independent Spirit Award-wining portrayal of “Merab” in the Oscar-nominated indie film Winter’s Bone. Dale’s other feature film work includes Super 8, Changeling, The Pledge, Domino and A Perfect Getaway. Independent films include The Journey of August King, Our Very Own, Leaving Barstow, Trailer Park of Terror, Nothing But Ghosts, The Yellow Wallpaper and Del Shores’ Sordid Lives. Dale is most familiar to television audiences for her role as “Patty, the Daytime Hooker” on My Name is Earl. She has recurred on Breaking Bad, Sordid Lives: The Series, Gilmore Girls and Christy and guest starred on Weeds, Criminal Minds, Bones, Life, The Closer, Cold Case, Ugly Betty, ER, Numbers, Frasier and The X-Files. She is currently appearing on HBO’s True Blood as the grand matriarch of the werewolf clan.
David Steen – “J.D. Winkler”
“Steen is chillingly effective as the hidden monster in Willadean’s closet.” – Backstage
David Steen is a writer and actor with numerous appearances on screen and the stage, including the films Of Mice and Men and Quentin Tarantino’s directorial debut Reservoir Dogs. He rejoins Tarantino in the upcoming Django Unchained in December.
David’s first play, A Gift From Heaven opened to rave reviews and garnered a “Critic’s Choice” from the LA Times as well as honors from many other trade publications. The play was awarded eleven Drama-Logue Awards. The film adaptation of A Gift from Heaven garnered critical acclaim including top honors in Italy’s Rome-Florence Film Festival and the Charleston World Fest film festival in South Carolina. He also co-wrote and produced the independent film The Corndog Man which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Debby Holiday – “The Blues Singer”
“As the Blues Singer who delivers sultry ballads…Debby Holiday is a sizzling Greek chorus.”– Backstage
Debby Holiday broke onto the dance music scene with her #5 Billboard summer anthem “Dive” in 2004. Holiday followed the smash hit with her power ballad “Half A Mile Away” which shot into the Billboard Top 10, along with follow-up dance hit “Bring It On”. All of Debby’s subsequent dance singles broke into the Billboard Top 20 including, “Piece of My Love” and “Surrender Me” (with Tony Moran), “Joyful Sound”, featured in the hit show Sordid Lives: The Series, from writer/director Del Shores and “Party Round the World” with Jason Dottley.
Debby Holiday has shared the stage with legendary recording artists like Joe Walsh, John Waite, Rod Stewart and KISS, and appeared on several television programs including The View, The Rosie O’Donnell Show and The David Letterman Show. She is presently touring the world flooring audiences in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia.
HISTORY FROM STAGE TO SCREEN: In 2003, The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife became Shores’ most critically acclaimed play with thirty theatre award nominations and twenty-one wins. The Los Angeles Times said of the original stage production, featuring all five cast members of Blues For Willadean originating their roles, “There are plays that make you cry and plays that make you laugh till you cry. And then there is Del Shores’ ‘The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife,’ which does both – sometimes in the space of a single sentence.” The incredible critical acclaim led to a six-month sold-out run in Los Angeles. Shores won the prestigious Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle’s Ted Schmitt Award for World Premiere of an Outstanding New Play. The Circle also awarded the play Best Production and Best Lead Performance to Beth Grant about whom Variety said, “Grant thoroughly inhabits Willadean's soul. It is both heartbreaking and awe-inspiring to witness.” Trials also won five Back Stage West Garland Awards (Best Play, Best Direction, Best Writing, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress), two NAACP Awards (Best Play, Best Playwright, seven nominations including Best Direction for Shores), one LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award (Best Actress, 4 nominations including writing and direction for Shores), seven Maddy Awards (including Best Play, Writing and Direction), and three LA Weekly Awards (Best Playwright, Best Ensemble, Best Supporting Actor). In 2006, Shores revived the stage production, once again with the original cast, as a part of “A Season of Shores,” a repertory of his plays at the Zephyr Theatre. For the revival, the cast won the Ovation Award for Best Ensemble and Shores was nominated for Best Direction and Best Production.
In 2010, Shores began a conversation with Bobby and Robert Rearden of Kestrel Films in Atlanta, Georgia about creating a faithful film adaptation of the play. Shores first requirement was that all of the original stage actors recreate their roles for the film. The low budget film was shot in fifteen days in the spring of 2011 on 16mm film in an Atlanta trailer park and inside a trailer to recreate the claustrophobic world of an abused woman seeking a way to break the cycle of domestic violence. All five actors rearranged their schedules so that a decade after they created these roles for the first time, they could all come together with Shores to tell this important story to a larger audience.
WRITER/DIRECTOR DEL SHORES: Del Shores has written, directed and produced for film, network and cable television, and theatre. A film adaptation of his play Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got The Will?) was released by MGM and Propaganda Films. Shores also wrote and directed the film version of his play Sordid Lives starring Beau Bridges, Delta Burke, Olivia Newton-John, Bonnie Bedelia, Leslie Jordan and Beth Grant with many of the actors from the original stage cast. Sordid Lives: The Series, a television series prequel to the film, premiered on Viacom’s LOGO network in 2008 starring Olivia Newton-John, Rue McClanahan, Leslie Jordan, Beth Grant, Caroline Rhea and many of the original stage and film cast. Shores created, wrote, directed and executive produced all twelve episodes. Shores’ seven plays have run for over six years collectively in Los Angeles where they all premiered and won numerous awards from GLAAD, the NAACP, the LA Drama Critic’s Circle, LA Stage Alliance, LA Weekly and Backstage.