Southern Baptist Sissies

By Del Shores

Directed by Z M Stowe

Follows the journey of four gay boys in the Baptist Church. Storyteller Mark Lee Fuller tries to create a world of love and acceptance in the church and clubs of Dallas, Texas, while desperately trying to find a place to put his own pain and rage. The world Mark creates also includes two older bar-flies, Peanut and Odette, whose banter takes the audience from hysterical laughter to tragedy and tears. With a theme of religion clashing with sexuality, the play opened to rave reviews in Los Angeles during its original run in 2000 and became the most awarded play of the year, winning the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding LA Theater Production, as well as multiple LA Weekly Theater Awards, Los Angeles Critics Awards, Ovation Awards, Backstage West Garland Awards and Robby Awards.

Produced by StageQ at Bartell Theatre's Evjue Stage, 113 E. Mifflin St., Madison

Performances: September 14-22, 2018

Performance Times:
9/14 at 7:30pm, 9/15 at 7:30pm, 9/16 at 2pm, 9/19 at 7:30pm, 9/20 at 7:30pm, 9/21 at 7:30pm, 9/22 at 2pm

Ticket Prices: $20

Call 608-661-9696 for reservations or more information.

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Auditions will be held Monday and Tuesday, June 18 and 19 at 6:30pm at the Bartell Theatre on 113 E Mifflin St., Madison.

MARK LEE FULLER* - (m, 20's) the crusader sissy, who thinks too much and dreams of a perfect world.
TJ. BROOKS* - (m, 20's) the masculine sissy, who believes and clings tightly to God's Holy Word. (Might double as STRIPPER)
ANDREW THOMAS FORD - (m, 20's) the conflicted sissy, who can't pray away the feelings.
BENNY/IONA TRAYLOR - (m, 20's) the effeminate sissy, who has escaped in a world of drag. (Drag Role)
MOTHERS - (f, 40-50) Mark's is sweet and saccharine; Benny's is beyond trailer trash; Andrew's is older, worried and kind. All three mothers are played by the same actor.
PREACHER - (m, 40-60) Blustery and fiery. He preaches what he believes-hell and brimstone.
PRESTON "PEANUT" LEROY - (m, 50s+) a tragically funny, alcoholic, old queen.
ODETTE ANNETTE BARNET - (f, 40-50), a loudmouth, alcoholic bar-fly who has a sad secret.
BROTHER CHAFFEY/HOUSTON - (any age or gender), Brother Chaffey is the latent church pianist, Houston is the gay bar pianist. Both are the same actor/musician. (Musical Role. Should be able to accompany on piano and underscore much of the show with music, will genderbend role if needed)
STRIPPER-The club go-go boy who has a ripped, beautiful body. (Might be double cast with TJ)

*denotes brief, partial (from behind) nudity required for role

Auditions will consist of reading from provided sides from the show. Actors may bring resumes and headshots, though not required. No prior acting experience required.

If you would like to review the sides ahead of time, feel free to email the director at