Sordid Lives Video Auditions

Due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, SORDID LIVES AUDITIONS will be held via VIDEO ONLY.
SIDES for ALL ROLES are LINKED BELOW.
Please note not all characters have “monologues” so just submit 1-2 minutes of lines.

DEADLINE MONDAY, MARCH 23
Please EMAIL VIDEO LINK, Resume, Headshot & conflicts from April 20-June 21, 2020 to Sandy Staggs at sandy@proudmarytheatre.com.

REHEARSALS
APRIL 20 – JUNE 4, 2020 (approximate & may begin virtual)
SHOW DATES
JUNE 5-14, 2020 (may be moved 1 week later)

In this cult classic play by Del Shores, a colorful family from a small Texas town must come to grips with the accidental death of the elderly family matriarch during a clandestine meeting in a seedy motel room with her much-younger married neighbor. The woman’s family must deal with their own demons while preparing for what could be an embarrassing funeral. Did we mention this play includes a coming-out story, a Tammy Wynette drag queen trying to be de-homosexualized by a horny psychiatrist, a guitar playing muse, a guy with wooden legs, and a funeral?

ROLES AVAILABLE

Bitsy Mae Harling – A local singer with “a reputation”; Peggy’s good friend. MUST PLAY GUITAR

Ty Williamson – Latrelle’s son, a closeted 20-something gay man who left his small Southern Baptist Texas hometown and moved to West Hollywood to become an actor.

Sissy Hickey – Peggy’s much-younger sister; aunt to Brother Boy, Lavonda, and Latrelle; she just wants to stop smoking.

Noleta Nethercott – Peggy’s much-younger sister; aunt to Brother Boy, Lavonda, and Latrelle; she just wants to stop smoking.

Latrelle Williamson – Ty’s mother and Peggy’s elder daughter, who is primarily concerned with keeping up appearances.

Earl ‘Brother Boy’ Ingram – A fan of the women of country music, Brother Boy has been institutionalized for 23 years by his parents for being a cross-dressing homosexual.

LaVonda DuPree – Peggy’s younger daughter, a free spirit who is also Noleta’s best friend.

Dr. Eve Bolinger – “Doctor Evil” wants to dehomosexualize Brother Boy so she can write a book, appear on the Oprah television show, and quit her psychiatrist job at the mental institution.

Wardell ‘Bubba’ Owens – Bar Owner & G.W.’s friend; object of Brother Boy’s affection.

Odell Owens/Rev. Barnes – Bubba’s brother, who is scarred for life by a pig-bloating incident.

G.W. Nethercott – Noleta’s unfaithful husband, who feels responsible for Peggy’s death.

Juanita Bartlett – Wardell’s short-term-memory friend, a regular patron (the town drunk) of Bubba’s Bar.

Intimate Interview with The Pink Unicorn Director Anne Tromsness

Anne Tromsness

Proud Mary Theatre Company Presents the South Carolina premiere of the one-woman show THE PINK UNICORN February 7-16, 2020 in Spartanburg and Greenville.

In this heart-wrenching play by Elise Forier Edie that was recently produced Off-Broadway with Tony-winner Alice Ripley (Next to Normal), Trisha Lee’s life and faith as a Christian widow in a conservative Southern town is suddenly upended when her 14-year-old daughter Jolene becomes “Jo” and starts a Gay-Straight Alliance chapter at their high school leading to national headlines.

Upstate actor Kelly Davis stars and Anne Tromsness directs.

THE PINK UNICORN SHOW DATES:

SPARTANBURG: Artists Collective Spartanburg,
(formerly the West Main Artists Co-Op)
578 West Main St.
Friday – Saturday, February 7-8 & 14-15 @ 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 9 & 16, 2020 @ 3 p.m.

GREENVILLE: Coffee Underground, 1 East Coffee St.
Tuesday – Wednesday February 11-12@ 8 p.m.

Tickets for all shows are $15 General and $12 for students. Doors open 30 minutes prior to performance and galleries at Artists Collective open 1 hour before performances. For tickets or more information, visit http://www.proudmarytheatre.com/tickets or call (864) 580-8385.

Interview with Anne Tromsness

Anne Tromsness is a veteran theatre artist, actor, director and educator living in Greenville, South Carolina. Her directing credits include Together We Are Making a Poem in Honor of Life (The Salvage Company, NYC at Piccolo Spoleto), Much Ado About Nothing (The Warehouse Theatre – WHT), Luna Gale (Centre Stage), Boeing Boeing (WHT), Othello (regional tour with WHT, co-directed with Maegan Azar), Eurydice (WHT), Breadcrumbs (North Greenville University), A Tale of Two Cities (The Distracted Globe Theatre Company), and Stones in His Pockets (WHT). Anne is a member of Actors’ Equity Association – some of her recent acting credits include: Ann Putnam in The Crucible at The Warehouse Theatre, Hannah/Ethel and others in Angels in America Parts One and Two (Warehouse Theatre), multiple roles in Important Hats of the Twentieth Century (WHT), Corryn in Gidion’s Knot (Centre Stage), and Barbara in August Osage County (WHT). Anne is currently a member of the Theatre Performance faculty and the instructor for the ARMES Drama Program at The Fine Arts Center of Greenville County Schools. She is a founding co-artistic director of The Distracted Globe Theatre Company. A passionate, longtime ally and advocate for LGBTQI rights, in 2014 Anne was awarded the SC Equality Community Champions Award for the Upstate. She serves on the board of directors for the SC Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Why was I drawn to The Pink Unicorn? I have been a Proud Mary fan since its founding, and have hoped for the opportunity to work with the company. When Sandy approached me about Pink Unicorn, he included a short video clip from the original production. I watched it, and burst into tears – that fierce and unconditional mama love and support, those Southern voices standing up for equality in their conservative community – this is a play that I think will resonate in our community, prompt conversation, and perhaps remind us that no matter how futile things may seem, love contains boundless power, and that our children, if we listen to them, accept them, and love them, can elevate our understanding of the world beyond our own imaginings and create the capacity for change.

What can you tell our readers about Trisha Lee?
She’s a strong woman. Stronger than she knows, I think. She’s a mother, a woman of faith, a widow. I think she anticipated a very different life for herself, but she discovers her inner strength, fights against her own prejudices and some outdated beliefs, and her child and some other loving people help her discover the power that love holds, and the courage and humility it takes to embrace this love and those we love and those we may not understand. And to take action. To not only love, but to stand up publicly in that love. 

And we don’t just meet Trisha in this piece – she introduces us to a whole cast of characters from her community. Indelible characters who are sometimes funny, sometimes hurtful. We learn a lot about Trisha’s experience, and her child Jo’s through these characters as well – all portrayed by a single actor. 

For what audience is The Pink Unicorn intended?
Everyone. We are at a heartbreaking and potentially illuminating place in our culture. We are divided and polarized in a way that has come into focus and has broken out in violence, vitriol, and chaos in so many sectors of our lives and in our country. Trisha, in The Pink Unicorn, invites us, in a very immediate and human way, into this battle in her own life, and helps us journey through her own – and by extension our own – search for peace, and reconciliation, and love. 

As a mom of a child who identifies as non-binary and pansexual myself, I hope that parents and kids who find themselves in similar situations come and open their hearts to this play.  

But there is something for everyone who has found themselves at a crossroads of belief, and ideology and our own relationships. And folks who may feel like there is no hope right now – this play is also an invitation to hope, through love and action.  And there is so much humor in this piece. So I hope audiences will laugh and maybe cry a little with Trisha, and leave with something to think about. 

What has been your deepest “discovery” about The Pink Unicorn?
What has been your deepest “discovery” about The Pink Unicorn? Oh so much! I have found a new depth of respect for the courage it takes for folks in the LGBTQIA community to embrace their truth, and to be who they are in a society that often runs far behind in inclusion. My own child, Mae, has already shown tremendous courage and wisdom beyond their years in standing tall in their identity. I have had to examine my own beliefs, and to interrogate those moments of crisis when we all can either stand up for someone we love, or a group of people who are fighting for inclusion and love, or lean back into our own misconceptions or fears. Mae hasn’t been at our rehearsals, but I have felt their presence throughout this process – and it has sparked new discussions and understanding in our family, as well. 

What is the takeaway from The Pink Unicorn?
That we have to examine our hearts and our beliefs, not against a faceless standard, but in the faces of those who surround us, and in those who may be marginalized in our communities, our churches, our schools, our culture, even our homes. We can’t stand comfortably in privilege and judgment of others or ourselves. This courage comes at a cost sometimes, but ultimately, as Trisha asks, we have to ask ourselves “what kind of America do we want to live in?” We need to look beyond our perceived differences, and find where we are broken, and search out the places where we can bridge and heal those schisms. 

What has been the most challenging aspect of this play?
Trisha’s journey volleys back and forth between the urge to love and to stand tall, and giving in to her own fears and prejudices. It’s been a challenge and a joy to embrace Trisha as an imperfect, honest, and sometimes very flawed voice for inclusion and change. 

What has been the best part of directing this play?
Working with Kelly and Alyssia and Sandy and Jayce. We have a wonderful team, invested in this story and its message. Kelly Davis is a brave and bold actor, who brings a depth of thought, a strong work ethic, a great sense of humor and comedy, and a fearless curiosity to every rehearsal. She digs deep. The collaboration has been just lovely. I feel fortunate to be working with Proud Mary Theatre Company, on this play, at this time. 

BOYS IN THE BAND Nominated for Four Broadway World Awards

It’s award season and Proud Mary is proud to be nominated again for several Broadway World Regional Awards covering the entire state of South Carolina.

VOTE HERE: https://www.broadwayworld.com/south-carolina/voteregion.cfm?fbclid=IwAR0JU8stb2_-nbXGoamTwOQLukI0k8BUtKLNsiF6Set0UEsskmIx6Sd13Ss

Our best shot is with THE BOYS IN THE BAND which is a leading contender for both :
Best Play (non-professional)
Brady Coyle-Smith – Best Actor in a Musical or Play (non-professional)

https://www.broadwayworld.com/south-carolina/voteregion.cfm?fbclid=IwAR0JU8stb2_-nbXGoamTwOQLukI0k8BUtKLNsiF6Set0UEsskmIx6Sd13Ss

Also nominated are:
Jon Kilpatrick – Best Supporting Actor in a Musical or Play (non-professional)
Luke Browder – Best Supporting Actor in a Musical or Play (non-professional

FUN HOME is nominated for:
Best Musical – (non-professional)
Samantha Jemmott – Best Actress in a Musical or Play (non-professional)
Page Vasel – Best Supporting Actress in a Musical or Play (non-professional)
Noah Fitzer – Best Supporting Actor in a Musical or Play (non-professional)

BOY is nominated for:
Best Play – (non-professional)
Noah Fitzer – Best Actor in a Musical or Play (non-professional)
Elizabeth Colson – Best Supporting Actress in a Musical or Play (non-professional)

Please vote at this LINK: https://www.broadwayworld.com/south-carolina/voteregion.cfm?fbclid=IwAR0JU8stb2_-nbXGoamTwOQLukI0k8BUtKLNsiF6Set0UEsskmIx6Sd13Ss



BOY Receives 3 Broadway World Award Nominations

It’s award season and Proud Mary is proud to be nominated again for several Broadway World Regional Awards covering the entire state of South Carolina.

VOTE HERE: https://www.broadwayworld.com/south-carolina/voteregion.cfm?fbclid=IwAR0JU8stb2_-nbXGoamTwOQLukI0k8BUtKLNsiF6Set0UEsskmIx6Sd13Ss

Our best shot is with THE BOYS IN THE BAND which is a leading contender for both :
Best Play (non-professional)
Brady Coyle-Smith – Best Actor in a Musical or Play (non-professional)

https://www.broadwayworld.com/south-carolina/voteregion.cfm?fbclid=IwAR0JU8stb2_-nbXGoamTwOQLukI0k8BUtKLNsiF6Set0UEsskmIx6Sd13Ss

Also nominated are:
Jon Kilpatrick – Best Supporting Actor in a Musical or Play (non-professional)
Luke Browder – Best Supporting Actor in a Musical or Play (non-professional

FUN HOME is nominated for:
Best Musical – (non-professional)
Samantha Jemmott – Best Actress in a Musical or Play (non-professional)
Page Vasel – Best Supporting Actress in a Musical or Play (non-professional)
Noah Fitzer – Best Supporting Actor in a Musical or Play (non-professional)

BOY is nominated for:
Best Play – (non-professional)
Noah Fitzer – Best Actor in a Musical or Play (non-professional)
Elizabeth Colson – Best Supporting Actress in a Musical or Play (non-professional)

Please vote at this LINK: https://www.broadwayworld.com/south-carolina/voteregion.cfm?fbclid=IwAR0JU8stb2_-nbXGoamTwOQLukI0k8BUtKLNsiF6Set0UEsskmIx6Sd13Ss

Please Vote Boys in the Band for Best Play, Best Actor

Please vote!!! THE BOYS IN THE BAND, BOY and FUN HOME nominated for BROADWAYWORLD REGIONAL AWARDS

It’s award season and Proud Mary is proud to be nominated again for several BroadwayWorld Regional Awards covering the entire state of South Carolina.

VOTE HERE: https://www.broadwayworld.com/south-carolina/voteregion.cfm?fbclid=IwAR0JU8stb2_-nbXGoamTwOQLukI0k8BUtKLNsiF6Set0UEsskmIx6Sd13Ss

Our best shot is with THE BOYS IN THE BAND which is a leader contender for both :
Best Play (non-professional)
Brady Coyle-Smith – Best Actor in a Musical or Play (non-professional)

https://www.broadwayworld.com/south-carolina/voteregion.cfm?fbclid=IwAR0JU8stb2_-nbXGoamTwOQLukI0k8BUtKLNsiF6Set0UEsskmIx6Sd13Ss

Also nominated are:
Jon Kilpatrick – Best Supporting Actor in a Musical or Play (non-professional)
Luke Browder – Best Supporting Actor in a Musical or Play (non-professional

FUN HOME is nominated for:
Best Musical – (non-professional)
Samantha Jemmott – Best Actress in a Musical or Play (non-professional)
Page Vasel – Best Supporting Actress in a Musical or Play (non-professional)
Noah Fitzer – Best Supporting Actor in a Musical or Play (non-professional)

BOY is nominated for:
Best Play – (non-professional)
Noah Fitzer – Best Actor in a Musical or Play (non-professional)
Elizabeth Colson – Best Supporting Actress in a Musical or Play (non-professional)

Please vote at this LINK: https://www.broadwayworld.com/south-carolina/voteregion.cfm?fbclid=IwAR0JU8stb2_-nbXGoamTwOQLukI0k8BUtKLNsiF6Set0UEsskmIx6Sd13Ss

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.