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Photo credit: Rosemary Alexander

Raw, honest, and laugh out loud hysterical are just some of the ways to describe “Del Shores: Sordid Confessions” at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC. With his southern charm, frank candor, and wittiness, Del takes the audience on a ride through his life including some juicy sordid Hollywood tales. Sharing stories of admiration about working with the one and only Rue McClanahan to walking the fine politically incorrect line, Del doesn’t hold back! He lets the fire out on everything and everyone from homelessness to enraged fans to Randy Harrison. Whether he loves you or hates you, you’re one of his “Sordid Confessions,” though if he loves you, the “Sordid Confession” really shows his love!

With just two more chances to catch Del live on stage, this is an evening of enjoyment you won’t want to miss, but check your closed-mindedness and political correctness at the door and enter world of candor, humor, and Hollywood!

“Del Shores: Sordid Confessions” plays the Laurie Beechman Theatre this Friday, December 10 and Sunday, December 12 at 7:30pm. Click here for tickets! ($20 + 2 food/drink minimum)

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“Adaumbelle’s Quest” 2nd Anniversary

Photo by Ben Strothmann

I am so honored to be celebrating my 2nd Anniversary here at “Adaumbelle’s Quest.” It has been very exciting to have the continued opportunity to bring my love of entertainment and interviewing to so many people. I’m very humbled by the growth of “Adaumbelle’s Quest” in this second year and hope that this expansion continues.

I may be the face of this site, but “Adaumbelle’s Quest” would not be without each and everyone of you:

Every performer and artist I have had the opportunity to interview. The fact that you took time out of your lives to answer my questions is truly a dream come true for me.

Every press agent who has taken the time to help me get so many of my participants. I would not have been able to interview them without your assistance!

Each and every person who takes the time to read “Adaumbelle’s Quest,” whether it’s on a daily, weekly, monthly, or a whenever I can basis. I’m thrilled to have your support and the reality that I have fans is another dream come true for me.

My many friends who provide me with guidance and support, allow me to talk their ear off about ideas, always there to answer my infinite amount of computer questions, and those who help me with my logos, business cards, and buttons. How would I manage this all on my own? I’m so lucky to have you in my life!

ITBA for your support and giving me a place to meet other theater bloggers.

My family for their constant love and support.

    Photo by Ben Strothmann

So once again, thank you everyone from the bottom of my heart for all of the time, support, and love you give to me and this site. I’m amazed by these two years, not only of the growth of this site, but how this site has affected my personal growth. I’m so fortunate to have it and I don’t take anyone who has ever had an interaction with this site for granted. Thank you for sticking by me and I hope you all continue to do so!

    1. How do you decide who you want to interview? Initially it was artists and performers I have been a long time fan of, but it quickly became an outlet to also promote new talent I’m introduced to.

    2. Who has been your best and worst interview? You’ll have to wait for the book on this one! (hahahaha)…Seriously though, I just feel fortunate I’ve gotten to interview everyone I have because it’s been a dream of mine to be part of the entertainment community and I finally feel like I’m starting to move in.

    3. What are some of the most popular answers? That’s really tough because everyone is so individualized in their answers, but if I had to choose, many people answer Meryl Streep when I ask “Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to?”

    It’s pretty divided between Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts or they don’t like corporate coffee places when I ask “Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts?” It’s also pretty divided between “Superman” or “Wonder Woman,” though every now and then someone gets upset I only give choices for DC Comics. The reasoning behind that is growing up I wasn’t a big comic book fan, so when I watched superhero cartoons on TV, I didn’t know one was DC and one was Marvel. To me it was just a superhero. Plus, when I was thinking of these questions, I thought if two superheros were to have it out, it would be “Superman” and “Wonder Woman.”

    For “Boxers or Briefs”…most people answer boxer briefs, but briefs do seem to win out more over boxes, unless they go commando.

    4. Favorite place to write? My apartment and sometimes on vacation, but anywhere that can just allow me to be with my thoughts and little distraction.

    5. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “The impossible is something that hasn’t been tried”–Ernst Bulova. “You can’t get a yes without asking the question.”–Bob Trautman.

    6. What’s your proudest moment? The moment I realized I am finally living the life I always dreamed for myself, just in a completely different way than I imagined.

    7. Favorite way to spend your day off? Sleeping in, going to the gym, catching up on TV shows, hanging with friends, taking a nap, going for a walk, or drinking a vanilla chai tea latte.

    8. Favorite skin care product? Origins…Perfect World Toner, Perfect World for Eyes, Matte Scientist (which they recently discontinued…please bring it back!), Never A Dull Moment, Skin Diver, Checks and Balances, and Firefighter. I also used to love Susan Lucci’s hair care products and her Youthful Essence Microdermabrasion.

    9. Favorite TV Show? I’m sure there are many more, but this is what I could remember. Now: “90210,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Brothers and Sisters,” “Modern Family,” “Glee,” “Cougar Town,” “Mike and Molly,” “Hot in Cleveland,” and “Raising Hope.” Then: “The Golden Girls,” “Family Ties,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Saved By The Bell,” “California Dreams,” “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Melrose Place,” “Donna Reed,” “Bewitched,” “Punky Brewster,” “Mr. Belvedere,” “Diff’rent Strokes,” “Silver Spoons,” “He-Man,” “She-Ra,” “GI Joe,” “Superfriends,” “Wonder Woman,” “Ellen” (TV sitcom), “The Class,” “Gobots,” “Jem and the Holograms,” “Bette,” “Sordid Lives: The Series,” “It’s All Relative,” “Strong Medicine,” “Any Day Now,” and “The Practice.”

    10. Favorite Comedian? Ellen DeGeneres, Wendy Liebman, Sandra Bernhard, Jessica Kirson, Leslie Jordan, Chelsea Handler, and Julie Halston.

    BONUS QUESTIONS:

    11. Favorite kind of sundae? Cookies & Cream ice cream with rainbow sprinkles.

    12. Peanut Butter: Crunchy or Smooth? Smooth, so it spreads perfectly when I make my yummy peanut butter and cheese sandwiches!

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Photo credit: Rosemary Alexander

Award winning writer, director, producer, activist, comic, and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant, Del Shores is bring his comedy act, “Del Shores: Sordid Confessions” to New York for a very limited 3 performances at the Laurie Beechman Theatre December 9, 10, & 12 at 7:30pm. Caroline Rhea will be Del’s very special opening guest on Thursday, December 9.

Del Shores: Sordid Confessions,” will have Del confessing what he wants from his “Sordid” life in Hollywood…to those he loved working with to those he hated! Come hear Del tell it like only Del can.

If you are looking for an evening of truth, laughter, and fun during this holiday season, then treat yourself and someone you love to “Del Shores: Sordid Confessions” at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on December 9, 10, or 12 at 7:30pm. For tickets, click here ($20 + $15 food/drink minimum).

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Hey Los Angeles, get ready to be engulfed by Award winning playwright and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Del Shores as he premieres his new play “Yellow” from May 29-July 25 at the Coast Playhouse (8325 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA). According to press notes, “Yellow” chronicles a year in the lives of what seems to be the perfect family, Bobby and Kate Westmoreland, their two teenage children Dayne and Gracie, along with Gracie’s young gay friend Kendall and his crazy, fundamentalist mother Sister Timothea Parker. Set in Vicksburg, Mississippi, YELLOW explores the perfect family confronted with tragedy and heartbreak when a deep, dark nineteen-year-old secret is exposed.

This is Del’s first new play since 2003, so get your tickets while you can because they are selling fast! For tickets, click here!

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On Wednesday, April 14, 2010, I attended the pre-screening of the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of “Spork,” written & directed by J.B. Ghuman Jr. “Spork” tells the story of an outcast named “Spork” who trying to navigate her way through junior high school while suffering through the ridicule & humiliation of being different. When a school dance contest provides “Spork” with a chance to show everyone what she’s got, her trailer park neighbors step in to help. With some booty-shaking moves, “Spork” shows us that being who you are is better than fitting in.

With a stellar cast, “Spork” makes all the right moves. Savannah Stehlin (“The Family Stone” and “Hannah Montana”) is perfectly cast as frizzy-haired outcast “Spork.” With emotion, conviction, & a certain innocence, Savannah shows the many layers to “Spork,” especially her vulnerability. Playing “Spork’s” neighbor & friend “Tootsie Roll” is the dynamic Sydney Park (“That’s So Raven”), who adds her own sass & spunk to the roll. Whenever Sydney is on-screen, a laugh was not far behind. No stranger to portraying bitchiness is Rachel Fox, who is nicely cast as “Betsy Byotch” (best known for her conniving role on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” as “Kayla,” the illegitimate daughter of “Tom Scavo,” played by Doug Savant). Getting one continuous laugh after another is the always hilarious & enjoyable Beth Grant as “Principal Tulip,” (best known for her role of “Sissy” in Del Shores‘ “Sordid Lives”). Making a brief appearance in the film is one of “Spork’s” producers Chad Allen as “Loogie,” a friend of “Spork’s Brother” (best known from “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman,” “Our House,”and “St Elsewhere”).

Written with heart & humor, “Spork” leaves you feeling good and reminds you the most important person you have to be is yourself. Be sure to catch “Spork” from April 24-May 1. For tickets and showtimes, click here!

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Fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Jason Dottley & Debby Holiday’s smash hit song “Party Round The World” has been tearing up the charts! In a time when artists and performers can really connect with their fans, Jason has whole-heartedly embraced this by asking his fans and “Sordid Lives” cast members (including fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Del ShoresLeslie Jordan, & Ann Walker) to submit a 20 second video of them dancing to “Party Round The World.” He took those clips and compiled them into this video.

I feel so honored to have been part of it! Now feast your eyes on the debut of “Party Round The World” Sordid Fan Video (I’m :59-1:11):

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Best known as “Aunt LaVonda” from “Sordid Lives,” Ann Walker is an award winning actress who has starred in theatre, film, and television! From her early days in Houston, TX, Ann performed in a variety of small theater productions including the Alley Theaters’ 25th anniversary production of “Camino Real” by Tennessee Williams. She then moved to New York City to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and afterwards headed out west to Los Angeles where she has not stopped working! For her role as “Odette Annette Barnett” in Del Shores‘ (fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant) play “Southern Baptist Sissies,” Ann won a Robby, Maddy, and Los Angeles Drama Circle Critics Award and was nominated by her peers for The Ovation Award. Ann also received a Drama-Logue and Robby Award for her role in Tyler Hansen’s play “Ballad.” Other theatre credits incldue “Rain,” “Best Wishes,” “How The Other Half Loves,” “Hysterical Blindness,” “Opera Comique,” “Steel Magnolias,” “The Glass Menagerie,” and “Daughters of the Lone Star State” (also by Del Shores). Ann’s biggest joy came in 1996 when she starred in Del Shores’ smash hit play “Sordid Lives” as “LaVonda Dupree” which she has reprised in the award winning film of the same name in 2000 as well as in the mega-hit TV series in 2008. Other film credits include “Father of the Bride II,” “The Fanatics,” “It Takes Two,” “Soulman,” and “The Jagged Edge, while her numerous TV appearances consist of “The Rutles” with Eric Idle, “The Suite Life,” “Providence,” “Arliss,” “Passions,” “State of Grace,” “Las Vegas,” “Sex, Love, & Secrets,” “MADTV,” “The Mary Kay Letourneau Story,” “She’s No Angel,” “Willing to Kill, The Texas Cheerleader Story,” and “Lone Rider.” Starting this February, Ann will be co-hosting “On The Air With Tony Sweet” on LA Talk Radio. Be sure to visit www.annwalkeronline.com to find out more!

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? When I was a kid I would watch the Mike Douglas Show and one day I saw a comedienne named Totie Fields. I thought she was the funniest woman and all of a sudden I wanted to be a stand-up comic. But I also went to the movies a lot. All day Saturdays and on Sundays too. Loved all of those beautiful actresses that I saw and I wanted to do what they were doing.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Meryl Streep. She is the most magnificent actress of our day. Maybe forever!

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Honey, I’ve used every talent that I ever thought I had. I’ve held nothing back that could’ve gotten me work.

4. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My darling deceased husband Steve. He’s been gone 5 years now and I miss him so very much.

5. Books or Magazines? Magazines.

6. Favorite Drink? Grey Goose Vodka Martini straight up with a twist!

7. Favorite skin care product? Cedafil Moisturiser.

8. Favorite store to shop in? Fredricks of Hollywood and Coldwater Creek.

9. Favorite website? My own….annwalkeronline.com.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman

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