Much-anticipated sequel to premiere at Gesa Power House Theatre, with writer/director Del Shores and producer/actor Emerson Collins on hand

(WALLA WALLA, Wash.) — September promises to bring a very sordid weekend to Walla Walla, and that’s a good thing according to local tourism officials. The Gesa Power House Theatre in Walla Walla — a gorgeous state-of-the-art theater renovated from a decommissioned utility station — will host the Washington premiere of the much-anticipated comedy “A Very Sordid Wedding” on Friday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m.

“A Very Sordid Wedding” is the hilarious sequel to 2000 cult classic “Sordid Lives”, an award-winning comedy written and directed by Del Shores. Shores, who wrote and directed both films, will be in attendance to meet with audience members. He will be joined by Emerson Collins, who plays Billy Joe Dobson in the 2017 movie and who was a producer of the film.

Walla Walla’s sordid weekend begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, with a screening of the original “Sordid Lives” film at the Power House Theatre. The showing of “A Very Sordid Wedding” begins on Friday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m.

“It’s an honor to be selected as the host city for A Very Sordid Wedding’s Washington premiere,” said Ron Williams, executive director of Visit Walla Walla. “Like many in Walla Walla, I loved ‘Sordid Lives’ – campy and hilarious – and cannot wait to watch the sequel right here at the Power House Theatre. The screenings should make for a wonderful event that will be fun for locals and visitors alike. And we plan to roll out the red carpet in true Walla Walla fashion for Del Shores and Emerson Collins.”

“Sordid Lives”, which was a hit play, TV series, and movie, followed three generations of family members as they gather for a funeral in tiny Winters, Texas. Set 17 years later in the same conservative small town, “A Very Sordid Wedding” revisits many of the same characters as they deal with life’s issues in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage.

The movie features an ensemble cast, which includes Dale Dickey, Leslie Jordan, Caroline Rhea, Alec Mapa, Bonnie Bedelia, and comedian Whoopi Goldberg.

Tickets for the event are $15 per screening, or $20 for reserved seating for both. A VIP ticket package is $40, and includes premium reserved seating for both films, a private meet and greet reception with the filmmakers, a souvenir poster, and free popcorn. Gesa Power House Theatre will donate $2 from every ticket sold to Children’s Home Society of Washington’s Triple Point of Walla Walla, a local youth group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and straight ally youth, ages 13-18 years old.

For more details or to purchase tickets for the premiere of “A Very Sordid Wedding”, and the showing of “Sordid Lives”, visit phtww.com. For more information on the film, visit www.averysordidwedding.com.

For more information on planning a trip to Walla Walla, go to visitwallawalla.com.

About Walla Walla:

As the heart of Washington wine country, Walla Walla is home to more than 120 wineries, a nationally recognized culinary scene, access to an abundance of outdoor recreation, and an arts & entertainment scene that rivals cities many times its size. This community of just over 30,000 residents is known for many things, including its friendliness and hospitality, the quality of its wine, and of course the famous Walla Walla Sweet Onion. An easy and scenic four-hour drive from Seattle, Portland, or Boise, Walla Walla can also be accessed via Alaska Airlines daily non-stop flights from Seattle. For more information and to begin planning a trip to Walla Walla, visit www.visitwallawalla.com.

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