Meet the Cast of The Vultures: Alex Poteat

Alex Poteat

Meet the Cast of THE VULTURES, a new gay murder mystery by Mark Ridge and part of our BRAND SPANKING NEW PLAY Series on Tuesday evenings. Alex Poteat plays HUNTER WEST, nice, charming young hairdresser.

The Vultures premieres Tuesday, June 2 @ 9 p.m. on our Facebook Page.

In the vein of And Then There Were None, Clue and Murder by Death, The Vultures puts a modern, comedic, gay spin on the haunted house/ mystery genre.

Alexander Poteat is currently a sophomore Interdisciplinary Arts & Performance major at Arizona State University through their online program. His past roles include: The Little Mermaid as the Pilot/Chef/Courtier (Boiling Springs High School), One Mad Night as Doctor Bunn (Boiling Springs High School), Sister Act as the Pope/Assistant Stage Manager (Boiling Springs High School) Father of the Bride as Mr. Banks (Boiling Springs High School), The Addams Family as the Conquistador/Assistant Student Director (Boiling Springs High School), Mamma Mia as a member of the ensemble (Spartanburg Little Theatre), Tick, Tick… Boom! as Michael’s Understudy (USC Upstate), and Bright Star as a featured ensemble member (Tryon Little Theatre). He is currently working on the Spartanburg Little Theatre’s production of Sister Act, in which he will be portraying the cop and also as a member of the ensemble. His aspirations include being involved in the staff of a local theatre, hopefully as a director, and he also plans to continue being a cast member in local theatre as well. Theatre is a huge passion in his life, and he is so humbled to be portraying Hunter West in The Vultures with the Proud Mary Theatre. He most recently portrayed the role of Barry in the Proud Mary Virtual Play, Blue Camp.

The story takes place at Westmount Estate, on the 20th anniversary of the death of publishing magnate Simon West. As his six remaining relatives gather for the reading of his will, the mysterious housekeeper declares, “The relatives are swooping in like a wake of vultures ready to pick the carcass clean.”

Who will ultimately inherit the fortune? Will it be the charming realtor, the handsome male model, the dimwitted nail technician, the bitter old woman, the gay hairdresser, or the mild mannered accountant?

Throw in a priceless pocket watch, an androgynous housekeeper, an escaped mental patient, and a pair of reunited lovers and the result is murder, with a hefty dose of laughs

This reading is made possible by the generosity and permission of Mark Ridge and Heuer Publishing.

Based on works by John Willard, Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood.

Met the Cast of The Vultures: Joel Perkin

Meet the Cast of THE VULTURES, a new gay murder mystery by Mark Ridge and part of our BRAND SPANKING NEW PLAY Series on Tuesday evenings. Joel Perkin plays the lawyer Mr. Crosby.

The Vultures premieres Tuesday, June 2 @ 9 p.m. on our Facebook Page.

Joel has been doing theater for 25 years, mostly acting in musicals and Shakespeare, and loves that he has a chance to help blaze a trail in virtual theater. Favorite roles include Jesus in Godspell, Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet, the Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Michael in Dancing at Lughnasa, and Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone. In March he performed as Daddy Cane in Bright Star at Tryon Little Theater. He’s also directed several shows, most recently Almost, Maine and The Humans at Tryon Little Theater. When not helping teachers increase student achievement, Joel runs lines with his cats in Landrum.

In the vein of And Then There Were None, Clue and Murder by Death, The Vultures puts a modern, comedic, gay spin on the haunted house/ mystery genre.

The story takes place at Westmount Estate, on the 20th anniversary of the death of publishing magnate Simon West. As his six remaining relatives gather for the reading of his will, the mysterious housekeeper declares, “The relatives are swooping in like a wake of vultures ready to pick the carcass clean.”

Who will ultimately inherit the fortune? Will it be the charming realtor, the handsome male model, the dimwitted nail technician, the bitter old woman, the gay hairdresser, or the mild mannered accountant?

Throw in a priceless pocket watch, an androgynous housekeeper, an escaped mental patient, and a pair of reunited lovers and the result is murder, with a hefty dose of laughs

This reading is made possible by the generosity and permission of Mark Ridge and Heuer Publishing.

Based on works by John Willard, Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood.

Del Shores Presents #SordidLiveStream with Original Cast Members

The Del Shores Foundation presents a one-night-only benefit reading of the original SORDID LIVES play by Del Shores for a #SordidLiveStream. The reading will be live streamed on YouTube and Facebook on Sunday, May 31 at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern, hosted and produced by Emerson Collins and Del Shores.

The reading will star cast from the original 1996 play, the cult-hit 2000 film, LOGO’s 2008 “Sordid Lives: The Series” and the 2017 marriage equality-themed film sequel “A Very Sordid Wedding.”

The free live stream reading and accompanying auction of Sordid Lives memorabilia is a benefit fundraiser for twenty-three live theatre companies including Prouyd Mary Theatre Company, who are associated partners of the Del Shores Foundation and support its mission to find and facilitate the development of new southern queer artistic voices. All of the artists are donating their time and 100% of proceeds will go to the theatre companies. Donations to the benefit can be made at www.delshoresfoundation.org.

SORDID LIVES is a black comedy about white trash as a gay actor struggles to come out to his eccentric, dysfunctional Texas family. When the family matriarch trips over the two wooden legs of her lover in a seedy motel room, her funeral brings three generations of the family back together in a story about learning to love the family you have as they are, not as you wish them to be.

The reading cast of SORDID LIVES will feature (in alphabetical order): NEWELL ALEXANDER (“August: Osage County”), ROSEMARY ALEXANDER (“Sordid Lives”), BONNIE BEDELIA (“Designated Survivor,” “Parenthood,”), BEAU BRIDGES (“Homeland,” “Messiah”), EMERSON COLLINS (“RENT” on FOX, “The People’s Couch”), DALE DICKEY (“Unbelievable”, “Claws”), DAVID COWGILL (“Sordid Lives: The Series”), BETH GRANT (“Dollface,” “The Mindy Project”), DEBBY HOLIDAY (“Blues For Willadean”), LESLIE JORDAN (“Will & Grace,” “The Cool Kids”), CAROLINE RHEA (“Sydney To The Max,” “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch”), DEL SHORES (“Six Characters In Search Of A Play”) and ANN WALKER (“Sordid Lives.”)

There will also be live stream appearances by other celebrities from the SORDID LIVES franchise including CARSON KRESSLEY (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”), GEORGETTE JONES (“Sordid Lives: The Series), ALEC MAPA (“Ugly Betty,” “Doom Patrol”), ALEKS PAUNOVIC (“Van Helsing,” “War for the Planet of the Apes”), DAVID STEEN (“Django Unchained”), a performance by Tony winner LEVI KREIS (“Million Dollar Quartet”) and a special message from OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN.

SORDID LIVES HISTORY

At twenty-four years old, The SORDID LIVES franchise is one of the longest running LGBTQ franchises, and the cult-classic film celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year. It began as a play in a sixty-four seat theatre named Theatre/Theater in Los Angeles in 1996. The play starred Leslie Jordan, Beth Grant, Rosemary Alexander, Newell Alexander and Ann Walker and ran thirteen sold-out months with thirteen Critic’s Choice Awards. The play has been produced by over 300 theatre companies nationwide. In 2000, the film adaption added Bonnie Bedelia, Beau Bridges, Delta Burke and Olivia Newton-John and won many film festival awards with thirteen Audience Awards. The film became a cult-hit as it ran in limited release in theatres for almost three years before selling over 300,000 DVDs. In 2006, the play was revived in Los Angeles before launching a national tour. In 2008, the prequel “Sordid Lives: The Series” welcomed Caroline Rhea and Rue McClanahan and was released on LOGO and syndicated in seventeen countries. In 2017, the marriage-equality themed sequel reunited cast from the film and series in “A Very Sordid Wedding” with a cameo from Whoopi Goldberg and twelve out LGBTQ actors including Emerson Collins, Alec Mapa and Levi Kreis. It opened as number one at the limited release box office before playing more than 60 cities and is now streaming on Hulu and Amazon Prime.

ABOUT THE DEL SHORES FOUNDATION

The Del Shores Foundation is a new 501c3 non-profit with a mission to find and facilitate the development of new southern queer artistic voices through bringing together artists and working professionals, amplifying new work and connecting artists to platforms for the creation of the work. The Board of Directors, Executive Director Del Shores and Program Director Emerson Collins decided to halt all fundraising and event planning efforts during the pandemic to support the fundraising efforts of those in need. Foundation events will resume in the future.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

DEL SHORES (Playwright/Director/Executive Producer) 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 seven previous plays, all published by Samuel French, produced thousands of times worldwide with four adapted for the screen which have run collectively for over seven years in Los Angeles. Southern Baptist Sissies won the GLAAD Award, The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife won the NAACP Theatre Award, and both Yellow and Trailer Trash won the LADCC Award for Best Original Play and Best Production. In television, Del wrote, directed, executive produced and created the LOGO series, “Sordid Lives: The Series.” He also wrote and executive produced on the last three seasons of Showtime’s “Queer As Folk,” and wrote and produced for “Dharma & Greg” and “Ned & Stacey.” Shores has performed in hundreds of standup gigs in three national tours, all filmed for DVD. His new one-man play Six Characters In Search Of A Play has performed in 33 cities, seven film festivals and won three film festival awards and is now a film available on BroadwayHD. Lifetime Achievement Awards from FilmOut San Diego and LA Weekly. www.delshores.com

EMERSON COLLINS (Executive Producer/Host) is an actor, producer and director best known for four seasons of BRAVO’s “The People’s Couch” and “RENT” on FOX.  He produced and starred in the films “A Very Sordid Wedding” and “Southern Baptist Sissies,” winning Best Actor at the Red Dirt International Film Festival for Sissies. He produced and starred in the national tour of the play of Sissies and produced the national tour of Sordid Lives. Emerson won the Desert Theatre League Award for Best Actor in a Comedy for the regional premiere of the one-man show Buyer & Cellar. Collins co-produced and recurred in LOGO’s “Sordid Lives: The Series” and produced “Blues For Willadean.” He directed all three of Del Shores’ standup comedy DVD specials and directed Shores’ one-man play “Six Characters In Search Of a Play” on stage and for film where it won awards at three film festivals. He has produced countless variety show and event nights across the country. Emerson regularly appears nationally and internationally at film festivals and as a speaker on LGBTQ representation in film. www.emersoncollins.com

For more information, donations and auction items, please visit www.delshoresfoundation.org

Meet the Cast of The Little Pony: Brigitte Staggs

Brigitte Staggs

The Little Pony by Paco Bezerra and translated by Spartanburg native Marion Peter Holt premieres TUESDAY, MAY 12 @ 8 p.m. and follows a young couple grappling with their son’s traumatic bullying because of his My Little Pony backpack.

Brigitte Staggs directs this reading of The Little Pony starring Upstate actors Libby Riggins and Ryan Hewitt.

Brigitte is a graduate from USC Upstate and majored in theatre. Previous productions include Vampire Lesbians of Sodom and Southern Baptist Sissies as Odette with the Proud Mary Theatre, productions at USC Upstate include Midnight Pillow, Let the Right One In, The Great American Trailer Park Musical as assistant director, Don’t Drink the Water as Marion Hollander (Irene Ryan Acting Award Nomination), All’s Well That Ends Love’s Labours, a devised pieced which was taken to the International Youth Arts Festival in London, England.

Our BRAND SPANKING NEW VIRTUAL PLAY SERIES streams every Tuesday night with a new work read by some of the Upstate’s most amazing actors. Explore some new playwrights, characters, voices, and social issues with us. Some of these plays are being considered for future production and your comments and input are encouraged

The Little Pony was inspired by events that took place in North Carolina in 2014

Michael Morones, age eleven, was brought to the emergency room after attempting to hang himself from the bunk in his room because he could no longer endure the insults and attacks of his schoolmates. During the suicide attempt, Michael was without oxygen for several minutes, suffered permanent brain damage, and is in a semi-vegetative state. He was a fan of the animated series My Little Pony.

A month later, Grayson Bruce, nine years old, was forbidden entry into his school for carrying a My Little Pony backpack. The school principal considered it “inviting bullying” if the minor came to school with the backpack, even accusing the boy of having provoked “disorder in the classroom.”

Our Virtual Play Readings are TOTALLY FREE, but we will be accepting Donations on our website at proudmarytheatre.com/donate

#spankingbrandnewplays #proudmarytheatre #thelittlepony

Meet the Cast of The Little Pony: Libby Riggins

Libby Riggins

The Little Pony by Paco Bezerra and translated by Spartanburg native Marion Peter Holt premieres TUESDAY, MAY 12 @ 8 p.m. and follows a young couple grappling with their son’s traumatic bullying because of his My Little Pony backpack.

Libby Riggins stars as Irene in The Little Pony.

Libby is so excited to be performing with Proud Mary, for the first time. She has performed with Mill Town Players, The Market Theatre Company, and Glow Lyric Theatre. Some of her favorite roles have been: Denise Sanders (Smoke on the Mountain), Edith Ellington (First Baptist Ivy Gap), Delightful (Dearly Departed), Grandma Addams (Addams Family Musical), Ouiser (Steel Magnolias), and recently in Mill Town Players, Bright Star! This role has been a change up, from the usual comedic roles, and had been a joy to take on. Love is love is love. 

Our BRAND SPANKING NEW VIRTUAL PLAY SERIES streams every Tuesday night with a new work read by some of the Upstate’s most amazing actors. Explore some new playwrights, characters, voices, and social issues with us. Some of these plays are being considered for future production and your comments and input are encouraged

Upstate actor Ryan Hewitt co-stars in this reading and Brigitte Carpenter directs.

The Little Pony was inspired by events that took place in North Carolina in 2014

Michael Morones, age eleven, was brought to the emergency room after attempting to hang himself from the bunk in his room because he could no longer endure the insults and attacks of his schoolmates. During the suicide attempt, Michael was without oxygen for several minutes, suffered permanent brain damage, and is in a semi-vegetative state. He was a fan of the animated series My Little Pony.

A month later, Grayson Bruce, nine years old, was forbidden entry into his school for carrying a My Little Pony backpack. The school principal considered it “inviting bullying” if the minor came to school with the backpack, even accusing the boy of having provoked “disorder in the classroom.”

Our Virtual Play Readings are TOTALLY FREE, but we will be accepting Donations on our website at proudmarytheatre.com/donate

#spankingbrandnewplays #proudmarytheatre #thelittlepony

Meet the Cast of The Little Pony: Ryan Hewitt

Ryan Hewitt

The Little Pony by Paco Bezerra and translated by Spartanburg native Marion Peter Holt premieres TUESDAY, MAY 12 @ 8 p.m. and follows a young couple grappling with their son’s traumatic bullying because of his My Little Pony backpack.

Ryan Hewitt stars as Daniel in The Little Pony.

Ryan Hewitt is a graduate of Lander University with a degree in Theatre and a minor in Musical Theatre, Ryan currently works as the Artistic Director at the Greenwood Community Theatre and is the Drama Teacher at Cambridge Academy. For the past eight years, he has worked as a director, choreographer, and performer around the upstate. Some of his most enjoyable shows to direct and choreograph have been The Addams Family, Into the Woods, 9 to 5, Shrek the Musical, and Godspell. His first passion was and will always be performing! Favorite roles include Curly (Oklahoma!) Gaston (Beauty and the Beast), Bert (Mary Poppins), Ren McCormick( Footloose), Scarecrow (The Wizard of Oz), Clifford (Deathtrap), Justin ( The Fox on the Fairway), Snoopy ( Snoopy the Musical), Link Larkin (Hairspray), and Danny Zuko (Grease)

Ryan lives in Greenwood with his beautiful wife Jordan, and his sassy and sweet daughter, Keelyn! 

Our BRAND SPANKING NEW VIRTUAL PLAY SERIES streams every Tuesday night with a new work read by some of the Upstate’s most amazing actors. Explore some new playwrights, characters, voices, and social issues with us. Some of these plays are being considered for future production and your comments and input are encouraged

Upstate actor Libby Riggins co-stars in this reading and Brigitte Carpenter directs.

The Little Pony was inspired by events that took place in North Carolina in 2014

Michael Morones, age eleven, was brought to the emergency room after attempting to hang himself from the bunk in his room because he could no longer endure the insults and attacks of his schoolmates. During the suicide attempt, Michael was without oxygen for several minutes, suffered permanent brain damage, and is in a semi-vegetative state. He was a fan of the animated series My Little Pony.

A month later, Grayson Bruce, nine years old, was forbidden entry into his school for carrying a My Little Pony backpack. The school principal considered it “inviting bullying” if the minor came to school with the backpack, even accusing the boy of having provoked “disorder in the classroom.”

Our Virtual Play Readings are TOTALLY FREE, but we will be accepting Donations on our website at proudmarytheatre.com/donate

#spankingbrandnewplays #proudmarytheatre #thelittlepony

Cast, New Dates for SORDID LIVES Announced

CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE!!!!
SHOW DATES: AUGUST 14-23, 2020
ARTISTS COLLECTIVE SPARTANBURG
DIRECTED BY DR. TIM BAXTER-FERGUSON
STAGE MANAGER – ALYSSIA CHAPLIN
LIGHTING DESIGNER – BILL WEST-DAVIS
PRODUCER/PROPERTIES – SANDY STAGGS

Bitsy Mae Harling – Leslie Hendon
Noleta Nethercott – Jada LaShay Bell
LaVonda DuPree – Lori Bell Guthrie
Sissy Hickey – Lori Lee
Latrelle Williamson – Samona McMillan
Juanita Bartlett – Caitlyn Keefer
Earl ‘Brother Boy’ Ingram – Scott Waddell
Wardell ‘Bubba’ Owens – Ken Snart
Odell Owens/Rev. Barnes – Brock Davis

Ryan Hewitt, Libby Riggins to Star in The Little Pony

Our BRAND SPANKING NEW VIRTUAL PLAY SERIES streams every Tuesday night with a new work read by some of the Upstate’s most amazing actors. Explore some new playwrights, characters, voices, and social issues with us. Some of these plays are being considered for future production and your comments and input are encouraged

The Little Pony by Paco Bezerra and translated by Spartanburg native Marion Peter Holt follows a young couple grappling with their son’s traumatic bullying because of his My Little Pony backpack.

Upstate actors Ryan Hewitt and Libby Riggins star in this reading and Brigitte Carpenter directs.

The Little Pony was inspired by events that took place in North Carolina in 2014

Michael Morones, age eleven, was brought to the emergency room after attempting to hang himself from the bunk in his room because he could no longer endure the insults and attacks of his schoolmates. During the suicide attempt, Michael was without oxygen for several minutes, suffered permanent brain damage, and is in a semi-vegetative state. He was a fan of the animated series My Little Pony.

A month later, Grayson Bruce, nine years old, was forbidden entry into his school for carrying a My Little Pony backpack. The school principal considered it “inviting bullying” if the minor came to school with the backpack, even accusing the boy of having provoked “disorder in the classroom.”

Our Virtual Play Readings are TOTALLY FREE, but we will be accepting Donations on our website at proudmarytheatre.com/donate

Meet the Cast of BLUE CAMP: Ryan Barry

Ryan Barry

Ryan plays THEUS MCCUTCHEN – a straight solder and bully accused of murder – in Blue Camp, a new play by Tim Caggiano and Jack Calvin Hanna.

Ryan has been performing in theatre ever since he was ten years old. He was the first to graduate from USC Upstate with a degree in theatre. He just finished this past March with Tryon Little Theatre’s production of Bright Star as Max. You may remember Ryan with Spartanburg Little Theatre’s production of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None as Doctor Armstrong. He has also performed last summer with the Upstate Shakespeare Festival’s production The Tempest as Stephano. He is thrilled to be making his debut with Proud Mary Theatre!

Blue Camp is set at an army detention center on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay during the early days of the Vietnam War as outed soldiers confront the hypocrisy of the military’s treatment of gay servicemen.

Watch BLUE CAMP now at https://vimeo.com/412543605/

“Blue Camp” © 2019, by Jack Calvin Hanna and Tim Caggiano, Playwrights.
All rights reserved.
The streaming of “Blue Camp” on Vimeo, by Proud Mary Theatre is for promotional and educational purposes only and in no way relinquishes any rights to the copyrighted original play, “Blue Camp” retained by the said authors. The Vimeo recording and video may not be saved to another format, copied by hand, reproduced in any way or shared beyond the Vimeo site without express written permission from the authors.
No claim to copyright is made here for any original U.S. Government Works.

This presentation is part of our SPANKING NEW VIRTUAL PLAY SERIES premiering Tuesdays at 8 pm.. Explore some new playwrights, voices, social issues and even musical selections with us. Some of these plays are being considered for future production and your comments and input are encouraged.

Our Virtual Play Readings are TOTALLY FREE, but we will be accepting Donations on our website at proudmarytheatre.com/donate

Also, visit the playwrights’ BLUE CAMP FACEBOOK PAGE for more information.

#spankingbrandnewplays #proudmarytheatre #bluecamp

Meet the Cast of BLUE CAMP: Jonathan Davis

Meet the Cast of BLUE CAMP: Jonathan Davis.

Jonathan Davis

Jonathan plays JANTZEN HILL in Blue Camp, a new play by Tim Caggiano and Jack Calvin Hanna.

Jonathan Davis can usually be found in local Shakespeare performances, including last summers Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest , and has been acting in the area since 1997 in various productions. He also enjoys the odd film role now and again. When not acting, he spends his time reading and painting.

Blue Camp is set at an army detention center on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay during the early days of the Vietnam War as outed soldiers confront the hypocrisy of the military’s treatment of gay servicemen.

Watch BLUE CAMP now at https://vimeo.com/412543605/

“Blue Camp” © 2019, by Jack Calvin Hanna and Tim Caggiano, Playwrights.
All rights reserved.
The streaming of “Blue Camp” on Vimeo, by Proud Mary Theatre is for promotional and educational purposes only and in no way relinquishes any rights to the copyrighted original play, “Blue Camp” retained by the said authors. The Vimeo recording and video may not be saved to another format, copied by hand, reproduced in any way or shared beyond the Vimeo site without express written permission from the authors.
No claim to copyright is made here for any original U.S. Government Works.

This presentation is part of our SPANKING NEW VIRTUAL PLAY SERIES premiering Tuesdays at 8 pm.. Explore some new playwrights, voices, social issues and even musical selections with us. Some of these plays are being considered for future production and your comments and input are encouraged.

Our Virtual Play Readings are TOTALLY FREE, but we will be accepting Donations on our website at proudmarytheatre.com/donate

Also, visit the playwrights’ BLUE CAMP FACEBOOK PAGE for more information.

#spankingbrandnewplays #proudmarytheatre #bluecamp