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Announcing the Cast of THE BOYS IN THE BAND

Proud Mary Theatre Company is pleased to announce the cast & creative team of THE BOYS IN THE BAND

Michael – Brady Coyle-Smith
Harold – Jon Kilpatrick
Donald – Charlie Hyatt
Emory – Brandon Mimnaugh
Hank – Benjamin Abrams
Larry – Holt McCarley
Bernard – Kevin Ray Cohen
Alan – Luke Browder
Cowboy – Zachary Urban

Director – John Fagan
Stage Manager  – Katherine Rausch
Costume Designer – Brook Nelson
Producer – Sandy Staggs

The award-winning PROUD MARY THEATRE COMPANY is now casting for THE BOYS IN THE BAND.


AUDITIONS: Monday, Sept. 10,  7-9 p.m.
West Main Artists Co-Operative, 582 West Main Street in Spartanburg
SHOWDATES: Oct. 26-28 & Nov. 1-3
All rehearsals SUNDAYS-THURSDAYS will be at the West Main Artists Co-Operative in Spartanburg.

Bring Resume & Headshot.
No monologues, please. You will read from the script.


MICHAEL – 30, average face, smartly groomed.
DONALD – 28, medium blond, wholesome American good looks.
EMORY – 33, small, frail, very plain.
LARRY – 29 with a starkly simple sense of individual style and color in his clothes. Dark eyes, dark hair, extremely handsome.
HANK – 32, tall, solid, athletic, attractive.
BERNARD – 28, African-American, tall, gaunt, nice-looking, dressed in Ive-League clothes.
COWBOY – 22, light blond, muscle-bound, too pretty.
HAROLD – 32, dark, lean, strong limbs, unusual face.
ALAN – 30, aristocratic Anglo-Saxon features.

In his Upper East Side apartment, Michael is throwing a birthday party for Harold, a self-avowed “thirty-two-year-old, pockmarked, Jew fairy,” complete with surprise gift: “Cowboy,” a street hustler. As the evening wears on – fueled by drugs and alcohol – bitter, unresolved resentments among the guests come to light when a game of “Truth” goes terribly wrong.
This groundbreaking play premiered Off-Broadway in 1968 and ran for 1,001 performances. It was subsequently made into a feature film with the original cast, directed by Academy Award-winner William Friedkin (“The Exorcist”).
In 2018, The Boys in the Band made its Broadway debut at the Booth Theatre in an unprecedented production featuring a cast of entirely out-and-proud gay actors including Jim Parsons, Zach Quinto, Matt Bomer and more. “Its reappearance now is a triumph of liberation.” -Jesse Green, The New York Times

Questions? Please call John Fagan at (864) 787-4016 or Sandy Staggs at (864) 787-4016.

Fun Home, Boys in the Band Headline Proud Mary 2018-19 Season

2018-19 Season Subscription: $40 for ALL 4 SHOWS

THE BOYS IN THE BAND by Mart Crowley
Oct/Nov 2018
Regional premiere of the new updated script and the 50th anniversary of the original modern gay play that is actually (believe it or not) making its Broadway premiere right now with an all-gay cast starring Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto and Matt Bomer. Set in 1968 just before Stonewall, The Boys in the Band has a cast of 9 men at a birthday party where the insults flow as freely as the booze. It’s a “Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf?” meets “La Cage Aux Folles.”
And the play will be directed by one of the Upstate’s finest directors, John Fagan, now approaching his 20th year as producing director of the Warehouse Theatre’s Upstate Shakespeare Festival.

BLOWN YOUTH by Dipika Guha
Jan/Feb 2019
An aspiring actress and founder of a feminist commune, Celia wants one thing: to play a great role. But despite her sophisticated education and commitment to helping women, Celia, like Hamlet before her, cannot act. Inspired by Shakespeare and set in those hazy post-college years, Blown Youth examines what happens to the universe when a woman is at its center. This play features a cast of 7 women.

BOY by Anna Ziegler
June 2019
Our trans play, Boy, inspired by a true story, a well-intentioned doctor In the 1960s 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.amongst the tricky terrain of finding love and the confusion of sexual identity.

August 2019
Our first musical and the South Carolina community theatre premiere, Fun Home is based on Allison Bechtel’s graphic novel and set in her family’s  FUNeral home. Shifting in time, this heartbreaking and affecting musical depicts her at three different ages as she remembers and confronts her relationship with her gay father and her own coming of age. Fun Home will be directed by Kate Roark, who helmed 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche in February and Spamalot at Spartanburg Little Theatre last year.


Join us for Proud Mary Theatre Company’s LAVENDER CABARET & SEASON TWO REVEAL. Enjoy selections from some of your favorite gay-themed Broadway musicals including LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, FALSETTOS, FUN HOME, HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH and more while sipping wine and nibbling on light hors d’oeuvres. There will be fabulous items to bid on in our silent auction, Raffle prizes, and we will be revealing our exciting line-up of shows for our 2018-19 Season including our very first musical production. Doors open at 7 p.m. at show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Aug Smith on Main, 174 E. Main St. in Spartanburg

Tickets at–season-two-reveal-2138960037

Proud Mary to Hold Auditions May 9 & 12 for The Kiss and Southern Baptist Sissies

The award-winning PROUD MARY THEATRE COMPANY is casting for two plays THE KISS and SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES

Actors of all sexual identities and actors of color encouraged to audition.

THE KISS by Barry Whitfield
2 males

Seeking two male actors for “The Kiss” by Barry Whitfield, USC Upstate Theatre Professor.
THE KISS is a one-act play with very little dialogue, so blocking and subtext is paramount.
Roles require male-on-male intimacy and acting in underwear (or less).
ACTOR 1: early 20s
ACTOR 2: Prefer 30s-40s, but not necessary

Please prepare a 1-minute monologue and be prepared to read from THE KISS.

Wednesday, May 9 @ 6-9 p.m.
Saturday, May 12 @ 10 am – 1 p.m

WEST MAIN ARTISTS COOPERATIVE, 578 West Main Street in Spartanburg
Email: Sandy Staggs at
Call: (864) 580-8385
If you can’t make these dates, an appointment is possible, as well as video auditions.

Only a one-week rehearsal plus Tech Week May 21-24, 2018
Show Dates are May 25-June 3 (Thurs-Sunday) at USC Upstate Studio Theatre

7 males, 2 females

“Southern Baptist Sissies” follows the journey of four gay boys in the Baptist Church.
(This play does contain adult language and situations)

Narrator Mark Lee Fuller tries to create a world of love and acceptance in the church and clubs of Dallas, Texas, while desperately trying to find a place to put his own pain and rage.
The world Mark creates also includes two older barflies, Peanut and Odette, whose banter takes the audience from hysterical laughter to tragedy and tears.

With a theme of religion clashing with sexuality, the play opened to rave reviews in Los Angeles during its original run in 2000 and became the most awarded play of the year, winning the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding LA Theater Production, as well as multiple LA Weekly Theater Awards, Los Angeles Critics Awards, Ovation Awards, Backstage West Garland Awards and Robby Awards.


MARK LEE FULLER: 20’s, the sissy who thinks too much and dreams of a perfect world.

TJ BROOKS: 20’s, the masculine sissy, who believes and clings tightly to God’s Holy Word.
(This actor also doubles as a stripper, so must be in good shape and appear in tight undies.)

ANDREW THOMAS FORD: 20’s, the conflicted sissy who can’t pray away the feelings.

BENNY/IONA TRAYLOR: 20’s, the effeminate sissy who has escaped in a world of drag.
This part requires singing several songs in DRAG.

PREACHER-40-60: He preaches what he believes-hell, fire and brimstone.

RESTON “PEANUT” LEROY: 55-year-old tragically funny alcoholic queen. (Age is negotiable). Original role played by Leslie Jordan of “Will and Grace” fame.

BROTHER CHAFFEY/HOUSTON: Brother Chaffey is the latent church pianist and Houston the gay bar pianist. Both are the same actor/musician. Few lines and Must play piano/organ as we are performing in a real Church.


MOTHERS (THREE ROLES): Mark’s is sweet and saccharine; Benny’s is beyond trailer trash; Andrew’s is older, worried and kind. All three mothers are played by the same actress.

ODETTE ANNETTE BARNET: 40’s-50’s, a loudmouth bar fly who has a sad secret.

Please be prepared to read from SIDES available at
And if you’re auditioning for the 4 leads, please be prepared to sing a short hymn verse.
If you’re auditioning for BENNY/IONA (the Drag Queen), please prepare a 1-minute Diva song


Wednesday, May 9 @ 6-9 p.m.
Saturday, May 12 @ 10 am – 1 p.m

WEST MAIN ARTISTS COOPERATIVE, 578 West Main Street in Spartanburg
Email: Sandy Staggs at
Call: (864) 580-8385
If you can’t make these dates, an appointment is possible, as well as video auditions.

Approximately 6-weeks of rehearsal in Spartanburg (Mid June – Late July)
Show Dates are August 2-12, 2018 in Spartanburg and Greenville

Meet the Lesbians in our first video promo for 5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE

Meet the Lesbians in our first video promo for 5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE:


Photo by Escobar Photography

Proud Mary Comes Out on Top in State Competition

The Proud Mary Theatre Company, South Carolina’s first LGBTQ theatre, came out on top at the South Carolina Theatre Association’s Community Theatre Festival in Aiken and will represent the Palmetto State in March 2018 at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Mobile, Alabama.

Proud Mary’s inaugural production of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning trans-themed play “I Am My Own Wife” by Doug Wright will move from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spartanburg and The Ninjaplex in Greenville (venues with seating of 60-100 people and two lights and speakers) to the 1921-seat Saenger Theatre in Mobile.

“We are still in disbelief,” said Proud Mary Artistic Director Sandy Staggs about the theatre’s unexpected sweep this weekend. “We were admittedly keeping our fingers crossed for Dave LaPage in the Best Actor category, because this part (or these parts, all 35 of them) is such a meaty, demanding role both physically and mentally. And Dave is so fantastic; he is truly a tour-de-force.”

Dave LaPage did win Best Actor for his portrayal of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a real-life German Transwoman (a self-described transvestite) who managed to survive both the Nazis and the East German Communist regime, as well as operate a museum and an underground gay and lesbian bar and social club.

And top honors also went to Director Robert Fuson and to Staggs, who won for both Set and Sound Design.

Staggs said Proud Mary and the boys (including Technical Director and Lighting Designer Caleb Patterson) will embark on fundraising activities beginning in December to cover the journey to Mobile.

Proud Mary Announces A Very Sissy Christmas Show

Proud Mary Theatre Company Presents A VERY SISSY CHRISTMAS SHOW, a Yuletide Variety Shows like you’ve never experienced.
We have Drag Queens, 4 Sissies, 5 Lesbians and a German Granny Tranny, Live Christmas Carols with Naughty Lyrics and special guests. Two shows: 8 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are only $10 and all proceeds benefit our next production of “5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE” at Converse College on Feb. 1-11, 2018 and the West Main Artists Co-Operative. Tickets at Eventbrite or at the door.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 AT 8 P.M. & 10:30 P.M.

Cast Announced for ‘5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche’

Thank you to all of the ladies who auditioned for our comedy “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche.”

This was a difficult decision but here is our cast:

Dale: Paige Vasel
Ginny: Taylor Davidson
Wren: Caroline Davis
Vern: Micah Israel
Lulie: Brook Nelson

“5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche” runs February 1-11, 2018 at Converse College. Tickets will be available December 1!


By Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood

Winner of 2012 NYC International Fringe Festival!
It’s 1956 and the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are having their annual quiche breakfast. Will they be able to keep their cool when Communists and nuclear war threaten their idyllic town?
Directed by Kate Roark (


AUDITIONS are NOVEMBER 18-19, 2017
1-3 p.m.
West Main Artists Co-Op
578 West Main Street in Spartanburg

Performances: Thursday-Sunday, February 1-4 & 8-11, 2018
Converse College Laird Studio Theatre

Please bring Resume, Headshot (if possible) and Conflict schedule.




5 “FEMALE” ROLES (Lesbian,Trans & Straight actors welcome!!)

Lulie Stanwyck: Female, 20-50
Society President

Wren Robin: Female, 20-50
Events chairwoman (older)

Veronica “Vern” Schultz: Female, 20-50
Buildings and grounds chairwoman (older)

Ginny Cadbury: Female, 20-50
Secretary (British accent.)

Dale Prist: Female, 20-30
Historian (youngest in ensemble)




Lulie     p. 15-16

Wren    p. 7 or pages 10-11

Ginny   p. 31   Ginny and Vern p 33

Vern     p. 21-22 Ginny and Vern p 33
Dale     p. 13 about the picture of Lady Monment


Rehearsals will be at the West Main Artists Co-op, Spartanburg Headquarters Library and Converse College.

Week 1

Tuesday, 11/28 — Readthrough and Discussion

Wednesday, 11/29 — Pages 7-14 — No Lulie


Week 2 Pages 14-34

Monday 12/4

Tuesday 12/5

Wednesday 12/6

Thursday 12/7


Week 3 – Pages 35-49

Monday 12/11

Tuesday 12/12

Wednesday 12/13

Thursday 12/14


Week 4

Monday 1/8

Tuesday 1/9

Wednesday 1/10

Thursday 1/11


Week 5

Monday 1/15 (MLK)

Tuesday 1/16

Wednesday 1/17

Thursday 1/18


Week 6

Monday 1/22

Tuesday 1/23

Wednesday 1/24

Thursday 1/25


Production Week! Rehearsals in Converse Space

Saturday and Sunday, 1/27 and 1/28 – Build and Final Costume work

Monday 1/29 — Tech 1

Tuesday 1/30 — Tech 2

Wednesday 1/31 – Final Dress

2/1-2/4                 Thursday -Sunday Performances

2/8-2/11               Thursday -Sunday Performances