***Nominated for four (4) Broadway World Regional Theatre Awards including Best Performance in a Play (for BOTH Craig Taggart and Shaw Jones), Best Play, and Best NEW Play!***

WOUNDED by Jiggs Burgess is back with a vengeance!

With its premiere at the 2023 Hollywood Fringe Festival, Wounded took home the prestigious 2023 International Fringe Encore Series Award awarding it an Off Broadway run at the Soho Playhouse in NYC Jan/Feb 2024. 

The Wounded family is proud to announce that we also took home the following incredible HFF 2023 awards:

  • Pick of the Fringe
  • Best of Broadwater
  • Hollywood Encore Producers’ Award

In addition to our upcoming production in NYC, we are proud to announce that we have been invited to participate in the HITFest (Hollywood Independent Theatre Festival) in December 2023 

See dates and locations below.

by Jiggs Burgess

directed by Del Shores

starring Craig Taggart and Shaw Jones

A repressed nobody who thinks of himself as somebody. An addict. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf played out between hummingbirds. And a pussy eating dog. This is Wounded. Carrol could’ve been somebody, after all his book, The Crimson Valise, was made into a movie. Yet somehow Carrol’s unhealed past, and an aging mother, got in the way. On the other hand, Carrol’s classmate, Robert, was smart and driven. Went to one of the best private universities in the country on scholarship. But his damage led him down the path of addiction and eventually prison.

In this darkest of comedies, the bleak paths our lives can lead us down are on full display.

***Warning: Contains language of a sexual and violent nature.***

Wednesday, December 6 & 13 @ 8:30pm
Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre – 5636 Melrose Ave, Hollywood, CA 90038


Wed, January 24 @ 9pm|Thurs, January 25 @ 9pm | Fri, January 26 @ 7pm
Sat, January 27 @ 5pm | Sun, January 28 @ 7pm | Mon, January 29 @ 9pm
Wed, January 31 @ 7pm | Sat, February 3 @ 9pm | Sun, February 4 @ 5pm
Tues, February 6 @ 9pm | Sat, February 10 @ 7pm | Sun, February 11 @ 7pm
Soho Playhouse – 15 Vandam St. New York, NY 10013

Jiggs Burgess (Playwright)

Jiggs Burgess was the inaugural winner of the Del Shores Foundation Writer’s Search for The Red Suitcase. Jiggs’ work also been a finalist in the Eugene O’Neill play writing competition. Produced by P3 Theatre Company, Wounded, act two of his play Wounded/Sparrow, was performed to great acclaim at the 2023 Hollywood Fringe festival. Other works, including The Girl In The White Pinafore, The Book of Dog, and Anna Mae continue to be produced coast to coast in educational theatre.

Del Shores (Director)

Del Shores has written, directed and produced successfully across studio and independent film, network and cable television and regional and national touring theatre. He is the writer/director/producer of the films Sordid Lives, Blues for Willadean, Southern Baptist Sissies, and A Very Sordid Wedding. He wrote and executive produced the MGM feature Daddy’s Dyin’…Who’s Got The Will? He has written eleven plays, produced thousands of times worldwide, four adapted for screen. His publisher is Samuel French/Concord Theatricals.

In television, Del wrote, directed, executive produced and created the LOGO series, Sordid Lives: The Series. He also wrote and executive produced Showtime’s Queer As Folk for the last three seasons, wrote and produced for Dharma & Greg and Ned & Stacey. He has directed Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer; Grammy Award winner Olivia Newton-John; Emmy winners/nominees Beau Bridges, Delta Burke, Leslie Jordan, Bonnie Bedelia, Bobbie Eakes, Patrika Darbo and Rue McClanahan; Spirit Award winner Dale Dickey; Screen Actor’s Guild Award-winner Beth Grant; as well as Caroline Rhea, Debby Holiday and David Steen.As a performer, Shores has performed in hundreds of standup gigs, with multiple national tours and four live filmed DVDs including his one man play Six Characters In Search of a Play. He is a GLAAD Award, NAACP Award and a LA Weekly Lifetime Achievement award winner. In March 2023, he was given The Chuck Rowland Pioneer Award “for groundbreaking and distinguished achievements in LGBTQ+ playwriting and arts advocacy by The Celebration Theatre. He is the proud dad of Rebecca and Caroline.

Craig Taggart (Carrol)

Craig Taggart made his Los Angeles stage debut in the revival of Del Shores’ Southern Baptist Sissies in 2002. Wounded marks a poetic full-circle moment and provides a wonderful homecoming for Taggart in that it unites two of his most creatively rewarding experiences. Developed by the immensely gifted playwright Jiggs Burgess in Del Shores’ online writing class, tonight’s piece had its initial stage reading in the land of Zoom where Craig & Carrol’s worlds first collided. Taggart has also taken to the stage in Sordid Lives at the Zephyr Theatre and as ‘Miss Bible Belt’ in the Los Angeles premiere of Bill Russell’s Pageant and in The Homecoming Queen’s Got a Musical @ The Cavern Club Theatre with Julie Brown. Sordid Lives: The Series introduced him to television audiences, and in 2017 he made his stage directorial debut by directing and starring in Assassins at The Hyperion Lyric Theatre. He had the good sense of hiring Shaw Jones in that production and is beyond delighted to share the stage once again with such an artistic killer. Despite being the premiere of a brand-new piece, tonight’s Wounded feels like a reunion. Craig wishes to thank Del Shores’ for giving him his first break and for introducing him to this work, and for Mr. Burgess’s wonderfully warped imagination for creating it. He is immensely grateful to Jon Peterson for producing this piece, and he extends his love and appreciation to his phenomenal partner on stage. Shaw, I will always be your Tator Bean Regina. And to all the ‘lil hummingbirds that serve as Carrol’s audience: “Welcome home.”

Shaw Jones (Robert)

Shaw Jones can be seen on Amazon Prime with leading roles in the features Proximity, for which he garnered praise from Rolling Stones’ Peter Travers and Blue, for which he has been honored with two Best Actor Awards. Television work includes Your Honor, Star Trek: Picard, The Upshaws, NCIS, Criminal Minds, Snowfall, Grace and Frankie, The Affair, 911, The Cool Kids, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, For All Mankind, and a recurring player on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Shaw’s most recent theater productions include No Place To Be Somebody at the WACO Theater and starring as Lee Harvey Oswald in Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins. Shaw would like to extend his gratitude to Craig Taggart for inviting him on this incredible journey, Spencer Frankeberger and Jon Peterson for the opportunity, and his manager, Debbie Britt, for her endless support. Shaw would also like to especially thank his wife, Heather, for her unconditional support and love.



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