And you thought that your family had issues.

See characters from a whole other level of dysfunction in the "Sordid Lives" play by Tybee Arts Performing Society from March 21-31. The show takes place in Jim Ingham Black Box Theatre, 7 Cedarwood Avenue, near Tybee's lighthouse.

"This is an outrageously funny show with an array of outlandish characters," said Renee DeRossett, co-director.

"White trash" members of this Texas family include: A guitar-playing ex-convict, one Aunt Sissy who picks the wrong day to quit smoking, a perpetually drunk barfly and a man who simply adores Tammy Wynette and ends up in a mental institution.

The play is "hysterically funny," according to John Deahl, president of Tybee Arts Association. "And we are looking forward to our audience's reaction to the cast and crew's hard work."

But there is a reality behind the hilarity, DeRossett said.

"Everyone will be able to relate to these people on a personal level," she said.

Characters will remind audience members of someone they've known - or remind them of themselves.

One character is a gay man on a journey, and another is an ultra-conservative mother of a gay son who is also on a passage of sorts.

"Everyone kind of has a journey," DeRossett said.

One man, hostile to gays, changes his view by the end of the play, for example.

"Accept people as they are" is one lesson tucked into the show.

"It comes around at the end, teaching acceptance of diversity," DeRossett said.

The play features veteran actors as well as newbies. Former television and radio personality Christy Alan makes her theater debut in "Sordid Lives."

The Tybee Arts Performing Society steps away from its latest "very high-brow" show for this comedy. "Sordid Lives," written by playwright Del Shores, is for "mature audiences only."

"We have been wanting to do 'Sordid Lives' for some time," co-director Kim Trammell said. "But the subject matter and some of the language was a bit more explicit than shows we have done in the past."

"It's unlike anything we've ever done before, really out of the box and definitely for an adult audience," Deahl said.

In one scene, for example, characters are in their underwear.

"We decided to test the waters," Trammell said, "and had a read-through of the script with some of our local actors. When we realized that the actors could barely get through the script for laughing so hard, we knew that the time was right to do this show."

They censored the play's language to a degree, toning down some swear words, and added the "mature audience" caution.

Another caution from organizers: The Jim Ingham Black Box Theatre seats only 45, and the first showing already sold out.

"We highly recommend reservations," DeRossett said.

Arrive early for food, drinks and to see artwork shown by the artists themselves.

The hospitality area at Tybee Arts Association opens at 6:30 p.m. before a 7:30 p.m. show. The theater opens at 7 p.m.

The food and drinks are free, but donations are also accepted.

"We are very excited to bring this show to Tybee," Deahl said.