Proud Mary Theatre Presents Off-Broadway Classic Vampire Lesbians of Sodom

SPARTANBURG, SC – Just in time for Halloween and in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the campy, vampy drag classic, Spartanburg’s award-winning Proud Mary Theatre Company presents the Upstate premiere of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom October 25 – November 2 at the West Main Artists Co-Operative.

One of the longest-running Off-Broadway plays ever, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom was written by renowned female impersonator and Tony-nominated playwright of The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife Charles Busch, who also penned dozens of other plays including the satirical comedies Psycho Beach Party and Die Mommie Die.

In this hilarious spoof of celebrity and stardom, two rival vampires cross paths over thousands of years beginning in the Biblical twin cities, and then again in Hollywood in the silent movie era, and finally, in seedy 1980s Las Vegas.

“The play may have a provocative title,” says Artistic Director Sandy Staggs, “But I assure you it is hardly blasphemous or anti-Christian. Vampire Lesbians is merely a hilarious comedy showcasing sophisticated camp at its best.”

David Raulston takes over Busch’s role of Madeleine Astarte while Brigitte Staggs plays her foe La Condesa. Gossip columnist Oatsie Carewe will be played by Jada LaShay Bell, with Sun Schwalm as
Hollywood starlet Renee Vain, Allen Shepard as King Carlisle, Kareem Johnson as Hujar/Zack, Trey Westbrook as Ali/PJ and Brock Davis as the butler Etienne/Danny.

Vampire Lesbians of Sodom is directed by Kevin Treu, who recently helmed Little Shop of Horrors at Centre Stage and will direct Lost Highway: The Hank Williams Story at Spartanburg Little Theatre in January.

Alyssia Chaplin is Stage Manager and Costume Designer.

Proud Mary will celebrate Halloween with a special Upstate Pride Night on Thursday, October 31 featuring a post-show reception and costume contest judged by our two Vampire Lesbians.

Vampire Lesbians of Sodom Dates & TimesFriday, October 25 @ 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. (LATE SHOW)
Saturday, October 26 @ 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 27 @ 3 p.m.
Thursday, October 31 @ 8 p.m. UPSTATE PRIDE NIGHT
Friday, November 1 @ 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. (LATE SHOW)
Saturday, November 2 @ 8 p.m.

All shows are at the West Main Artists Co-Operative, 578 West Main St. in Spartanburg.

Tickets are $15 General Admission and $12 for Students and available at the door or at www.proudmarytheatre.com/tickets.

Proud Mary Announces Cast Of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom

Proud Mary Theatre is pleased to announce the cast of Charles Busch’s “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom” running October 25- November 2.

The lesbian vampires LA CONDESA and MADELEINE ASTARTE will be played by Brigitte Staggs and David Raulston.

Vampire hunter OATSIE CAREWE will be played by Jada LaShay Bell, with Sun Schwalm as
RENEE VAIN, Allen Shepard as KING CARLISLE,
Kareem Johnson as HUJAR/ZACK, Trey Westbrook as ALI/PJ and Brock Davis as ETIENNE/DANNY.

Stage Manager/Costume Designer is Alyssia Chaplin and Kevin Treu will direct.

Meet the Team from BOY: Lighting Designer Kelly Crisp

Kelly Crisp (Lighting Designer) is a Inman, SC native that has recently graduated from USC Upstate with a B.A. in Theatre Production. Her most recent design credits are Stop Kiss by Diana Son and Betrayal by Harold Pinter as the scenographer and Keep This For Your Records by Ana Elliot as Technical Director. The next step in her career is graduate school for her M.F.A. in lighting design.

Proud Mary is Proud to Announce Kevin Treu as Director of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom

Kevin Treu

Proud Mary Theatre Company is pleased to officially announce our creative team for the classic Vamps and Tramps comedy Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.

Kevin Treu will direct this play by Charles Busch (Tony nominee for Tale of The Allergist’s Wife and author of Psycho Beach Party and Die Mommie Die).

Treu, chair of the Computer Science department at Furman University, is a longtime Upstate actor and director, most recently appearing in the farce Noises Off at Centre Stage in Greenville.

Since 2007, he has directed seven large-scale productions with the Greer Children’s Theatre, including six musicals and one non-musical comedy. He is also a regular director in the Centre Stage Fringe Series, and directed the critically-acclaimed comedy The Foreigner for the Mill Town Players in Pelzer.

He is currently directing Little Shop of Horrors at Centre Stage and after Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, will helm the country musical Lost Highway: The Hank Williams Story at Spartanburg Little Theatre in January.

Kevin first pitched the idea of Vampire Lesbians way back when I first launched Proud Mary Theatre in 2017 and I loved it,” said Artistic Director Sandy Staggs.

“I had admired his work for several years both on and back stage and had always assumed he was a conservative straight white man. But it turns out he is an ally of the LGBTQ+ community and he has attended most of our previous productions. We are thrilled to have him on board for this zany project with an outlandish title.”

One of the longest running Off-Broadway plays ever, this 1984 classic follows two lesbian vampires (one traditionally played by a man in drag) over millennia as their rivalry and paths cross in 1920s Hollywood and again in the 1980s on the Vegas strip.

“I love campy comedies, satirical send-ups of theatre performers, and time-shifting stories, so I’ve long been a fan of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, and hoped to be a part of a production one day,” Treu said.

“I was introduced to the play by one of my theatre mentors, Doug McCoy, the founding director of Centre Stage in Greenville. He was directing Charles Busch’s The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife in 2003 and recommended that I also read Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, one of his favorites. I loved it! And now can’t wait to share it with Upstate audiences.”

Also on our fabulous creative time are Alyssia Chaplin as Costume Designer and Stage Manager and Kelly Crisp as Lighting Designer.

Vampire Lesbians of Sodom will run October 25-November 2 with two midnight shows at the West Main Artists Co-Op in Spartanburg. Halloween night, Thursday, October 31 is an Official Upstate Pride SC Event.

Meet the Team from BOY: Stage Manager Cary Doyle

Cary Doyle is a multi-hyphenate theatre artist currently based in Anderson, SC. He is majoring in Theatre Directing and his most recent theatre credits include: Assistant Directing The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe at The Clemson Little Theatre, and playing the role of Jacob in What Remains of Youth at Anderson University. He is grateful for this opportunity and cannot wait to work with Proud Mary again.@carydoyle

The award-winning Proud Mary Theatre Company, South Carolina’s only LGBTQ+ theatre company, presents the state community theatre premiere of BOY by Anna Ziegler August 9-18 at three different locations across the Upstate.

BOY, inspired by a true story, is about a well-intentioned doctor in the 1960s who convinces the parents of a male infant to raise their son as a girl after a botched circumcision. Two decades later, the repercussions of that choice continue to unfold. among the tricky terrain of finding love and the confusion of sexual identity.

BOY in Spartanburg
Friday-Saturday, August 9-10 @ 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 11 @ 3 p.m.
West Main Artists Co-Operative, 578 West Main St.

BOY in Greenville
Tuesday-Wednesday,
August 13-14 @ 8 p.m.
Coffee Underground, 1 E. Coffee St.

BOY in Anderson
Friday-Saturday, August 16-17 @ 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 18 @ 3 p.m.
The Market Theatre Company, 110 Federal St.

Tickets are $12 Students, $15 General. More info at http://www.proudmarytheatre.com/tickets.

Meet the Team from BOY: Director Robert Fuson

Robert Fuson is directing for the Proud Mary Theatre Company once more after he directed our inaugural production of I Am My Own Wife, winner of Outstanding Director, Best Play, and Best Actor at the 2017 SETC Community Theatre Festival. Since then, Robert has directed half a dozen shows across the upstate and worked as the Artistic Company Manager for the Guerrilla Shakespeare Company. This is his last show in Greenville before moving to Atlanta and he feels fortunate to be rounding out his time in Greenville with Sandy and Proud Mary who gave him his professional directing start.

BOY, inspired by a true story, is about a well-intentioned doctor in the 1960s who convinces the parents of a male infant to raise their son as a girl after a botched circumcision. Two decades later, the repercussions of that choice continue to unfold. among the tricky terrain of finding love and the confusion of sexual identity.

BOY will premiere August 9-11 in the newly-remodeled Blackbox Theatre at the West Main Artists Co-Operative in Spartanburg. The troupe will present two shows Tuesday and Wednesday, August 13-14 at 8 p.m. in Greenville at Coffee Underground, then make their Anderson debut at The Market Theatre Company Friday through Sunday, August 16-18.

BOY in Spartanburg
Friday-Saturday, August 9-10 @ 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 11 @ 3 p.m.
West Main Artists Co-Operative, 578 West Main St.

BOY in Greenville
Tuesday-Wednesday,
August 13-14 @ 8 p.m.
Coffee Underground, 1 E. Coffee St.

BOY in Anderson
Friday-Saturday, August 16-17 @ 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 18 @ 3 p.m.
The Market Theatre Company, 110 Federal St.

Tickets are $12 Students, $15 General. More info at http://www.proudmarytheatre.com/tickets.

Meet the Cast of BOY: Noah Fitzer

Noah Fitzer

Noah Fitzer plays the titular BOY in Proud Mary Theatre Company’s production of BOY August 9-18 at three locations across the Upstate.

Noah Fitzer is a rising sophomore at Agnes Scott College, double-majoring in Philosophy and Music. In their free time, they are a singer-songwriter. Noah most recently played Christian Bechdel in Proud Mary’s “Fun Home,” and they are honored to be a part of conveying “Boy’s” trans narrative. Noah is so thankful to have grown up in a household where LGBT+ issues were a normal, non-taboo conversation topic, and where they never had to be afraid of living honestly.

BOY in Spartanburg
Friday-Saturday, August 9-10 @ 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 11 @ 3 p.m.
West Main Artists Co-Operative, 578 West Main St.

BOY in Greenville
Tuesday-Wednesday,
August 13-14 @ 8 p.m.
Coffee Underground, 1 E. Coffee St.

BOY in Anderson
Friday-Saturday, August 16-17 @ 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 18 @ 3 p.m.
The Market Theatre Company, 110 Federal St.

Tickets are $12 Students, $15 General. More info at http://www.proudmarytheatre.com/tickets.

Meet the Cast of BOY: Tyler Smith

Tyler Smith

Tyler Smith plays the role of Doug in Proud Mary Theatre Company’s production of BOY by Anna Ziegler August 9-18 at three different locations across the Upstate.

Tyler is is extremely proud to be joining the cast of BOY . A Simpsonville/Greenville, SC native, Tyler is a graduate of Greenville Technical College, with an Associate in Arts (emphasis in Graphic Design) degree. He was last seen as Lt. Frederic Charlus/Congregant in The Younts Center for Performing Arts’ The Hunchback of Notre Dame in Fountain Inn. Tyler would like to thank Director Robert Fuson and Producer Sandy Staggs for this incredible opportunity, and for believing in him when others might not have. He would also like to thank his amazing castmates (and Cary Doyle too!), who have been an inspiration throughout the entire process of putting this show together, and for giving him so much to bounce off of/ react to!

BOY in Spartanburg
Friday-Saturday, August 9-10 @ 8 p.m. 
Sunday, August 11 @ 3 p.m. 
West Main Artists Co-Operative, 578 West Main St.

BOY in Greenville
Tuesday-Wednesday,
 August 13-14 @ 8 p.m. 
Coffee Underground, 1 E. Coffee St.

BOY in Anderson
Friday-Saturday, August 16-17 @ 8 p.m. 
Sunday, August 18 @ 3 p.m. 
The Market Theatre Company, 110 Federal St.

Tickets are $12 Students, $15 General. More info at http://www.proudmarytheatre.com/tickets.

Meet the Cast of BOY: Valerie Saporito

Valerie Saporito plays girlfriend Jenny in Proud Mary Theatre Company’s production of BOY August 9-18.

Valerie is beyond excited to be making her Upstate acting debut. She was last seen onstage as Ofelia in Nilo Cruz’s Anna In the Tropics at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Since moving to Greenville, Valerie has had the great fortune to have worked at Centre Stage in various capacities: Noises Off!, Doubt (Stage Manager); Dreamgirls (Assistant Stage Manager); Mamma Mia (Spotlight Operator). Big thank you to Robert and Sandy for the opportunity to participate in this amazing show. And as always, thank you to Josh and Rocket the Dog for holding down the fort.

BOY in Spartanburg
Friday-Saturday, August 9-10 @ 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 11 @ 3 p.m.
West Main Artists Co-Operative, 578 West Main St.

BOY in Greenville
Tuesday-Wednesday,
August 13-14 @ 8 p.m.
Coffee Underground, 1 E. Coffee St.

BOY in Anderson
Friday-Saturday, August 16-17 @ 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 18 @ 3 p.m.
The Market Theatre Company, 110 Federal St.

Tickets are $12 Students, $15 General. More info at http://www.proudmarytheatre.com/tickets.

Meet the Cast of BOY: Ben Dawkins

BEN DAWKINS plays the doctor, Wendell, in Proud Mary Theatre Company’s production of BOY by Anna Ziegler August 9-18.

Ben, a singer/actor living in Spartanburg, is making his Proud Mary Theatre debut!  He graduated in 2014 with his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in voice performance from the University of Georgia. 

Since moving to Spartanburg, he has performed with the Spartanburg Little Theatre, Gaffney Little Theatre, and Limestone College Theatre.  Local performance highlights include: Peter and the Starcatcher (Alf), Guys and Dolls (Nathan Detroit), Spamalot (Historian, Minstrel, Not-dead-Fred, French Taunter, and Prince Herbert), and Avenue Q (Nickie/Trekki Monster).  

Regional highlights include leading roles in My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, and several roles as a repertory artist for the International Festival of the Aegean in Ermoupolis, Greece.  Special thanks to his wife Blair for her constant support.

BOY in Spartanburg
Friday-Saturday, August 9-10 @ 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 11 @ 3 p.m.
West Main Artists Co-Operative, 578 West Main St.

BOY in Greenville
Tuesday-Wednesday,
August 13-14 @ 8 p.m.
Coffee Underground, 1 E. Coffee St.

BOY in Anderson
Friday-Saturday, August 16-17 @ 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 18 @ 3 p.m.
The Market Theatre Company, 110 Federal St.

Tickets are $12 Students, $15 General. More info at http://www.proudmarytheatre.com/tickets.