Director/producer/playwright/actor Del Shores has penned some hilarious deep-fried comedy, loaded with the wackiness common below the Mason-Dixon Line. “Sordid Lives,” “Daddy’s Dyin’: Who’s Got the Will” and “Southern Baptist Sissies” earned him shelves of theatrical awards.
Now Shores will premiere his new work, “Six Characters in Search of a Play,” in a unique one-night-only opportunity Sunday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m. at Mobile Theatre Guild (14 N. Lafayette St.). Shores will be on hand with characters such as a Magic Mike-loving Georgia redneck, a porn-obsessed, insane former drama teacher and a monkey-hating lesbian with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
A meet-and-greet with Shores follows, available for an additional $5 that will go toward aiding MTG.
Tickets cost $20, on sale now and moving fast. For more information, call 251-433-7513 or visit mobiletheatreguild.org.
Chamber Music debuts Grodsky memorial
Terri Grodsky arrived in Mobile in 1971 and quickly became an active participant in its cultural milieu. She not only raised her children here but served in numerous community and civic organizations.
Grodsky served as director of Mobile’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program for more than 30 years. She was also a tireless champion for Mobile Chamber Music, not only serving as its president for 14 years but carving out endless hours for organizing mailers, delivering posters, even baking her noted lemon squares for events.
When Grodsky passed away suddenly in November 2017, it left a void in the hearts of the hundreds she touched. Mobile Chamber Music will begin a foundation and a memorial concert in her name that will debut with the 2018-19 season. Its aim is to secure the future of chamber music in our community.
The performing guests for the opener will be the Argus Quartet, winners of the prestigious Concert Artist Guild Competition. From 2015 to 2017, they were the Fellowship Quartet in Residence at Yale University, served as the Ernst Stiefel Quartet in Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in 2016-17 and are the current Graduate Quartet in Residence at the Juilliard School. The foursome of two violins, viola and cello just made their Lincoln Center recital debut at Alice Tully Hall in May 2018.
The Argus Quartet has performed at numerous festivals including the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Birdfoot Festival, the Cello Biënnale Amsterdam and Music Academy of the West.
The program includes Haydn’s Opus 33, No. 1; Janáček’s “Intimate Letters”; Ted Hearne’s “For David Lang”; Chris Theofanidis’ “Visions and Miracles”; and Juri Seo’s “Respiri.”
The concert takes place Sunday, Sept. 16, 3 p.m., at Laidlaw Performing Arts Center on the University of South Alabama campus.
Tickets are $20, $10 for students. For more information, visit mobilechambermusic.org.