Proud Mary Casts ‘A Straightforward Scenario’

Celebrate National Give OUT Day June 30 and celebrate Gay Pride with Proud Mary Theatre Company and our Brand Spanking New Play Series with the world premiere of A Straightforward Scenario, a play in one act by Hope Phillips/.

In this hilarious scenario, GenZers debate politics and try to balance their attempts to be PC with their thirst-quenching desire for that ever-so-delicately-breaded breast in a foil pouch.

This premiere stars Zachary Urban (THE BOYS IN THE BAND), Sun Jane Schwalm (LESBIAN VAMPIRES OF SODOM), Dexter Simmons (SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES, THE KISS) and Lily Webb making her Proud Mary Theatre debut.

Donations to South Carolina’s Queer Theatre Company can be made on our website at proudmarytheatre.com

LIVE on our FACEBOOK PAGE @ 8 p.m.

Ben Dawkins to Helm ‘The Laramie Project’

THE LARAMIE PROJECT (20th Anniversary Production)
By Moisés Kaufman & Tectonic Theater Project
October 9-18, 2020

On October 6, 1998 in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming, Matthew Shepard, a 21 year old student at the University of Wyoming, was tied to a fence post, severely beaten, robbed, , tortured and left, alone, to die. His body — battered, bloody, barely clinging to life — was discovered eighteen hours later. He was rushed to the hospital and put on life support. He died five days later. The reason for this brutal crime? Matthew Shepard was gay.

The hate crime attracted vast attention worldwide, bringing sexual discrimination and violence to the forefront of public discourse. Based on interviews, journal entries, and found texts, The Laramie Project was born. Starring 8 actors in some 60 roles, The Laramie Project is hailed as one of the most captivating and encompassing pieces of contemporary theatre. The play shocks, challenges, and moves all who watch it as it reveals the lowest depths of hatred and greatest heights of compassion that lies within all human beings in any seemingly average community.

BEN DAWKINS (Director), singer/actor/director living in Spartanburg, is making his Upstate directorial 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, Proud Mary Theatre, Gaffney Little Theatre, Limestone College Theatre, Centre Stage.  As a director, he has worked with the Heritage High Patriot Players, Sandersville Community Theatre, Athena Grand Opera, and the UGA Opera Theatre.  Directing highlights include:  Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Our Town, Trouble in Tahiti, and The Old Maid and the Thief.  Local performance highlights include: BOY (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 and to Proud Mary for the opportunity to help tell this important and timely story!

Meet the Playwright of C’est la Vie: C. Robert Jones

C. Robert Jones

Proud Mary Theatre Company continues its ground-breaking Brand New Spanking Play Series with C’est ls Vie (or Smiling at Life), a collection of four interconnected one-act plays by Upstate playwright C. Robert Jones, debuting LIVE on FACEBOOK on Tuesday, June 8 @ 8 p.m.

C’est la Vie is directed by Aaron Pennington and starring three brilliant Upstate actors: Libby Riggins, Joel Perkin and J.R. Bloomer.

C. Robert Jones is a native South Carolinian and a graduate of USC.  Over his theatre career, he’s been an actor, director, teacher, composer, and playwright.  In the southeast, his plays have been performed at such theatres as the Flat Rock Playhouse, the Barter Theatre, the Henrico Theatre Co. (Richmond, VA), the Academy and Art Station Theatres in Atlanta, Theatre Memphis, and his new comedy The Senator’s Wife recently had its premiere at the Tennessee Stage Co. in Knoxville.   Among his honors and awards are a David B. Marshall Award in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan for his musical Rivals, the Robert Chesley Award (gay and lesbian theatre) for The Catbird Seat, and earlier this year he was named one of three honorees for the Robert J. Pickering Award for excellence in playwriting for his drama, The Salieri Effect.  He is a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at Yale University and the author of the delightful four-volume set of stories for children, Lanky Tales.   crobertjones.com

Meet the cast of C’est la Vie: Joel Perkin

Jol Perkin

Meet the cast of C’est la Vie (or Smiling at Life): Joel Perkin

Proud Mary Theatre Company continues its ground-breaking Brand New Spanking Play Series with C’est ls Vie (or Smiling at Life), a collection of four interconnected one-act plays by Upstate playwright C. Robert Jones, debuting LIVE on FACEBOOK on Tuesday, June 9 @ 8 p.m.

C’est la Vie is directed by Aaron Pennington and starring three brilliant Upstate actors: Libby Riggins, Joel Perkin and J.R. Bloomer.

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. He is excited to be a part of his third Zoom Reading with the Proud Mary Theatre after Blue Camp and The Vultures.

Our BRAND SPANKING NEW VIRTUAL PLAY SERIES streams on Tuesday nights 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.

We know times are tough during the COVID-19 pandemic, but if you enjoy this play, support our efforts to keep the Lights On at Proud Mary Theatre Company, South Carolina’s only LGBTQIA+ theatre company at proudmarytheatre.com

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Meet the Cast of C’est la Vie: J.R. Bloomer

J.R. Bloomer

Meet the cast of C’est la Vie (or Smiling at Life): J.R. Bloomer.

Proud Mary Theatre Company continues its ground-breaking Brand New Spanking Play Series with C’est ls Vie (or Smiling at Life), a collection of four interconnected one-act plays by Upstate playwright C. Robert Jones, debuting LIVE on FACEBOOK on Tuesday, June 9 @ 8 p.m.

Directed by Aaron Pennington and starring three brilliant Upstate actors, Libby Riggins, Joel Perkin and J.R. Bloomer.

J.R. is a recent BFA Musical Theatre graduate at Limestone College. Recent credits include Dan in Next to Normal, Ernie Mac in Puffs, and Angelo on Measure for Measure at Limestone College Theatre. He has also appeared as Hysterium in A Funny Thing… Forum and Frank in Rock of Ages with the Spartanburg Little Theatre. J.R. is excited to be a part of his third Zoom Reading with the Proud Mary Theatre after Blue Camp and The Vultures.

Our BRAND SPANKING NEW VIRTUAL PLAY SERIES streams on Tuesday nights 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.

We know times are tough during the COVID-19 pandemic, but if you enjoy this play, support our efforts to keep the Lights On at Proud Mary Theatre Company, South Carolina’s only LGBTQIA+ theatre company at proudmarytheatre.com

#spankingbrandnewplays #proudmarytheatre #cestlavie

Meet the Cast of C’est la Vie: Libby Riggins

Libby Riggins

Meet the cast of C’est la Vie (or Smiling at Life): Libby Riggins.

Proud Mary Theatre Company continues its ground-breaking Brand New Spanking Play Series with C’est ls Vie (or Smiling at Life), a collection of four interconnected one-act plays by Upstate playwright C. Robert Jones, debuting LIVE on FACEBOOK on Tuesday, June 9 @ 8 p.m.

Directed by Aaron Pennington and starring three brilliant Upstate actors: Libby Riggins, Joel Perkin and J.R. Bloomer.

Libby is so excited to be performing with Proud Mary, for the second time after The Little Pony. 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 on Tuesday nights 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.

We know times are tough during the COVID-19 pandemic, but if you enjoy this play, support our efforts to keep the Lights On at Proud Mary Theatre Company, South Carolina’s only LGBTQIA+ theatre company at proudmarytheatre.com

#spankingbrandnewplays #proudmarytheatre #cestlavie

Meet the cast of THE VULTURES: Lori Lee

Lori Lee

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. Lori Lee plays the cranky Mary Roberts.

The Vultures premiered Tuesday, June 2 and is now available on at Proud Mary TV on our YouTube Channel.

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.

Lori Lee will soon play Sissy in Proud Mary Theatre Company’s Sordid Lives. Favorite shows and roles include Mamma Mia, Almost Maine and The Last Night of Ballyhoo at Tryon Little Theater; Vernadette in The Dixie Swim Club, Angela in Honky Tonk Angels, Cathy in The Last Five Years, Louise in Always Patsy Cline, Mrs. Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie, Martha in The Secret Garden, Dearly Departed as Suzanne, Mrs. Potts in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables and many others. Lori is a graduate of North Greenville University, and Converse College. She has also had the opportunity to join several traveling troupes and choirs allowing her to use her talents in, England, Italy, Ireland, Austria, Canada, Maine, Florida, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, and across South Carolina. Lori works for Security Finance and is a member of the chancel choir at Trinity United Methodist Church in Spartanburg.

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.

Our BRAND SPANKING NEW VIRTUAL PLAY SERIES streams on Tuesday nights 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 are encouraged.

We know times are tough during the COVID-19 pandemic, but if you enjoy this play, support our efforts to keep the Lights On at Proud Mary Theatre Company, South Carolina’s only LGBTQIA+ theatre company at proudmarytheatre.com

Meet the cast of THE VULTURES: Ken Snart

Kenneth Snart

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. Ken Snart plays dual role of Dr. Avery and the Asylum Guard Rinehart.

The Vultures premiered Tuesday, June 2 and is now available on at Proud Mary TV on our YouTube Channel.

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.

Kenneth Snart recently relocated to North Carolina after retiring from the State of Wisconsin after 30 years. He will also be featured in Proud Mary Theatre Company’s productin of Sordid Lives in August (or date TBD). Ken has always enjoyed being involved in the theater and has had many wonderful experiences. In addition, he has been in many different music groups of many different genres including the Asheville Gay Men’s Chorus and Master Singers in Eau Claire, WI. Fvorite roles: “The Music Man” – Mayor Shinn; “Oklahoma” – Ali Hackim; “West Side Story” – Doc; “The Wizard of Oz” – Uncle Henry; “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” – Coggins; “Snow White” – The Huntsman; “A Little Night Music” – Member of the Quintet; “Godspell” – Jesus; “The Miracle Worker” – Captain Keller.

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.

Our BRAND SPANKING NEW VIRTUAL PLAY SERIES streams on Tuesday nights 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 are encouraged.

We know times are tough during the COVID-19 pandemic, but if you enjoy this play, support our efforts to keep the Lights On at Proud Mary Theatre Company, South Carolina’s only LGBTQIA+ theatre company at proudmarytheatre.com

Meet the Cast of THE VULTURES: Sun Schwalm

Sun Schwalm

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. Sun Schwalm plays Ashley Hopwood, a not-too-bright Southern nail technician.

The Vultures premiered Tuesday, June 2 and is now available on our YouTube Channel.

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.

Sun made her Proud Mary debut with the Vampire Lesbians of Sodom and will design hair and make-up for our upcoming Sordid Lives. Favorite credits include, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Hermia / Cobweb), TWELVE ANGRY MEN (Juror 11), JULIUS CAESER (Portia), SPRING AWAKENING (Ilse), HELLO DOLLY, HAMLET, and THE WIZARD OF OZ. From Valparaiso, Florida, Sun is currently a Photography and Graphic Design student in Greenville, South Carolina.

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.

Our BRAND SPANKING NEW VIRTUAL PLAY SERIES streams on Tuesday nights 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 are encouraged.

We know times are tough during the COVID-19 pandemic, but if you enjoy this play, support our efforts to keep the Lights On at Proud Mary Theatre Company, South Carolina’s only LGBTQIA+ theatre company at proudmarytheatre.com

Meet the Cast of THE VULTURES: Laura Bunn

Laura Bunn

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. Laura Bunn plays Talbot, the androgynous caretaker of the estate.

The Vultures premiered Tuesday, June 2 and is now available on our YouTube Channel.

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.

Laura Bunn has been performing in theater for almost 15 years. She was recently seen in Proud Mary Theatre’s musical revue Becoming, Hunchback of Notre Dame (Younts Center) Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet (Guerrilla Shakespeare Theatre Company.) She enjoys musical theater, cosplaying and art of all kinds. This is Laura’s third Virtual Play with Proud Mary Theatre Company.

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.

Our BRAND SPANKING NEW VIRTUAL PLAY SERIES streams on Tuesday nights 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 are encouraged.

We know times are tough during the COVID-19 pandemic, but if you enjoy this play, support our efforts to keep the Lights On at Proud Mary Theatre Company, South Carolina’s only LGBTQIA+ theatre company at proudmarytheatre.com