WATCH: Willam Belli, Leslie Jordan Are “Southern Baptist Sissies” In New Film

Growing up gay in the South can be rough, trust us, but when you’re raised in the Southern Baptist church there’s plenty of drama in store. Writer/director Del Shores, whose comedy Sordid Lives remains a bona fide cult phenom, mines this fertile territory for the film version of his acclaimed play Southern Baptist Sissies, which keeps the original theatrical constructs of the play intact, shooting it for 10 days before live audiences.

To bring the sturm und drang to the big screen, Shores enlisted many of his rep players, including Leslie Jordan, Dale Dickey, Ann Walker and to play “Benny, the biggest sissy of all,” the filmmaker cast Drag Race fave Willam Belli. The film opens in select theaters February 21.