‘Fun Home’ Star to Perform at Piccolo Spoleto May 27

Eve Begelman

Proud Mary Theatre Company’s very own Eve Begelman, who plays Small Alison in our upcoming production of “Fun Home,” will be performing at the prestigious Piccolo Spoleto Festival this weekend in Charleston.

Eve, 15, will be part of the “Piccolo Spoleto Rising Stars” program now In its 10th year that presents artistically gifted students ages 9 through 18. 

The goal of the Rising Stars Series is to provide a high profile performance venue that focuses on the many artistically gifted students in the Southeast.  Artistic disciplines include classical dance, creative writing, classical music, theatre, and visual arts.

Eve in the only musical theatre performer in the six-day event.

Eve Begelman has performed as vocalist, actor, and violinist since the age of seven. As a scholar in the 92nd Street Y Recanati- Kaplan program for voice, Eve appeared as a soloist with the Orchestra of St. Lukes in a NYC premiere of Maximus Musicus and as a guest soloist with the Christian McBride Trio. During her time as a member of the Manhattan Girls Chorus, she performed at Carnegie Hall with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. In 2018, Eve performed the role of Viola in Twelfth Night at the American Shakespeare Center summer program and in the South Carolina Governor’s School Discovery drama program. Regional theater credits include Young Juliette in For What it’s Worth, Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray, Katie Spoonapple in Dear Edwina. Eve has performed in the Midtown International Theatre Festival and the Dream Up Festival in New York City. In May 2019, Eve was selected to perform at the Peace Interludes Series at the Peace Center.  Eve is a rising sophomore at the Fine Arts Center and Wade Hampton High School.  

Her 12-minute performance will be May 27 @ 4 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Auditorium, 1 Vanderhorst St. in Charleston. More info at http://www.piccolospoleto.com/rising-stars/.

Winner of Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score, “Fun Home” by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori is based on the best-selling graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic” and set in the Bechdel family FUNeral home.

“Fun Home” runs June 7-16, 2019 at the West Main Artists Co-Operative, 578 West Main St. in Spartanburg. Shows are Friday-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 pm. with one Thursday show June 13 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15-25. For more information, visit www.proudmarytheatre.com.

Vampires, Sordid Lives and The Go-Go’s Comprise Proud Mary Theatre’s Most Entertaining Season to Date

SPARTANBURG, SC – The award-winning Proud Mary Theatre Company has proudly unveiled its third season of compelling stories about the LGBTQ+ community with a saucy lineup that includes everything from vintage campy vampire lesbians to fresh Broadway Elizabethan punk delivered by the ground-breaking 1980s all-women rock band The Go-Go’s.

“We have an incredibly appealing season this year,” said Artistic Director Sandy Staggs. ”From classic drag camp to the emotional, hilarious and heartfelt The Pink Unicorn, and the hot new Head Over Heels musical with a super-catchy score (and smashing arrangements) that people will remember from the 1980s, this season is definitely hip with crowd-pleasers across-the-board.”

The 2019-20 slate of shows begins in the Halloween season with the Upstate premiere of the 1984 classic campy romp through time, Charles Busch’s Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, on October 25 – November 2 with some midnight shows planned.

Vampire Lesbians of Sodom centers on two eponymous immortal vampire lesbians locked in eternal, if comic, antagonism after surviving the downfall of the mythical Biblical city in question, and crossing paths again in 1920s/1930s Broadway/Hollywood, and for one final showdown in Las Vegas in the 1980s.
This play is an Official Upstate Pride Week Event!

Proud Mary Theatre Company’s road show this season beginning in February 2020 is a brand new play The Pink Unicorn that is currently having its Off-Broadway premiere with Tony-Winner Alice Ripley (Next to Normal). In this one-woman-show by Elise Forier Edie, a southern Christian widow’s life is suddenly upended when her 14-year-old daughter Jolene announces she is “gender queer” and starts a chapter of the Gay and Straight Alliance at Spartan High School (in Texas coincidentally).

Sordid Lives, the cult classic play that launched two films and a TV series by Del Shores is on the bill by popular demand in June 2020 after sold-out shows of his controversial Southern Baptist Sissies last summer. In this southern funeral comedy, a “colorful” family must come to grips with
their own demons and the accidental death of the elderly family matriarch during a clandestine meeting in a seedy motel room with her much younger, married neighbor.

Playwright Del Shores will be live in person next month on Sunday, June 23, 2019 @ 7 p.m. for “A Sordid Evening with Del Shores” as part of the Spartanburg Fringe Arts Festival. Tickets:

For its second-ever musical, the company will go Head Over Heels in August 2020  with the regional premiere of this bold new musical comedy from the visionaries that rocked Broadway with Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Avenue Q and Spring Awakening, follows the escapades of a royal family on an outrageous journey to save their beloved kingdom from extinction — only to discover the key to their realm’s survival lies within each of their own hearts. This laugh-out-loud love story is set to the music of the iconic 1980’s all-female rock band The Go-Go’s, including the hit songs, “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Vacation,” Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven is a Place on Earth” and “Mad About You.”

The final play next year, The Pussy Grabber Plays: Stories Inspired by The Women Who Came Forward, also a regional premiere, is a fundraiser for local nonprofits, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting women’s causes, including those supporting lesbians and trans women.”

The Pussy Grabber Plays is a series of short plays created by some of the most highly acclaimed women writing for theater today. Based on interviews with seven of the 19 women who have spoken out about their encounters with Donald Trump, the plays offer insights into each woman’s life, her decision to stand up, and the fallout she’s faced. Laced with humor, fear, heartbreak and anger, The Pussy Grabber Plays is political theater at its best: telling the untold stories about women who have risked everything to speak truth to power. Special fundraiser! The Pussy Grabber Plays box office opens in summer 2020.

Season tickets are available now at http://www.proudmrytheatre.com/.

Season 3 Reveal Set for May 17

Our Season 3 Reveal
The award-winning Proud Mary Theatre Company, South Carolina’s Alternative Theatre, is proud to announce our Season 3 Lineup of 5 Fantastic plays next season. Three Mainstage plays, a Musical and a BONUS show just in time for the election!
This FREE EVENT will be at the May Monthy Mingle with Out + About Upstate at HEIRLOOM – A MILL EATERY @ Westgate Mall at 7 p.m. The Mingle starts at 6 p.m.
MORE INFO: https://www.facebook.com/events/287395628835280/

Award-winning Robert Fuson will Direct Proud Mary Theatre’s ‘Boy’ in August

Proud Mary Theatre is thrilled to announce that Robert Fuson, our very first director will return in August to direct “Boy” by Anna Ziegler.

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.

Robert Fuson is the Artistic Company Manager of the Guerrilla Shakespeare Theatre Company. After graduating Furman University and the Warehouse Theatre Conservatory Program, he has worked as a director, actor, stage manager, and sound designer across the upstate. He is excited return back to Proud Mary after directing their debut production of I Am My Own Wife (Winner of Best Play, Actor, Lighting and Sound Design at SCTA 2017 and Best Choreography at SETC 2018). Other noteworthy recent directing accolades include Never Swim Alone at Guerrilla Shakes (Winner of Best Play, Actor, Lighting and Sound Design at SCTA 2018 and Best Choreography at SETC 2019), Our Town at the Market Theatre, and assistant directing Much Ado About Nothing at Warehouse Theatre. 

“Boy” will run August 2-11 in Spartanburg (West Main Artists Co-Operative) and Greenville (location TBA). For more information, visit www.proudmarytheatre.com.

Proud Mary Announces Cast of FUN HOME

Proud Mary Theatre Company wishes to extend thanks to everyone who auditioned for FUN HOME. So much talent and so many difficult decisions.

And congratulations to our amazing cast of FUN HOME runs June 7-16 at the West Main Artists Co-Operative, 578 West Main St, in Spartanburg. Tickets go on sale April 1, 2019.

Alison Bechdel – Samantha Eyler
Medium Alison – Paige Vasel
Small Alison – Eve Begelman
Bruce Bechdel – Boyd Galloway
Helen Bechdel – Kelly Davis
Joan – Becca Payne
Roy – Andy Lecture
John Bechdel – Joshua Begelman
Christian Bechdel – Noah Fitzer

Fun Home Auditions

The award-winning Proud Mary Theatre Company, South Carolina’s Alternative Theatre Group, is proud to announce Audition Dates for the SC Community Theatre Premiere of FUN HOME: THE BROADWAY MUSICAL.

Please note this show contains mature themes.

Contact Director Kate Roark at kateroark@gmail.com or Proud Mary Artistic Director Sandy Staggs at sandy@proudmarytheatre.com with any questions.

Auditions will be held two weekends in February:

– Saturday, February 16 @ 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (adults only)
– Sunday, February 17 @ 10 a.m.-Noon (youths only)

SCTA Upstate Unified Auditions at Greenville Little Theatre, 444 College St. in Greenville
(Register at http://www.scta.org)

– Saturday, Feb. 23, (2 pm for youth, 3:30 for adults) at West Main Artists Co-Operative, 578 West Main St. in Spartanburg (No appointment necessary)

Sunday, Feb. 24, 2-5 p.m. ALL CALLBACKS at West Main Artists Co-Operative in Spartanburg

For SCTA auditions please follow SCTA audition guidelines with the 90 second option of music/monologue.

For Spartanburg auditions, please prepare 16 Bars of a musical theatre selection (verse/chorus).

SEE ROLES BELOW for Additional Audition Song Requirements.

Adult actors should also prepare a one-minute monologue.

Please provide headshot, resume, sheet music for accompanist, and any conflicts.

Performances: June 7-16, 2019
Rehearsals: April 1- June 6, 2019

Director: Kate Roark
Music Director:
Janice Issa Wright
Sandy Staggs
Stage Manager:
Costume Designer: TBA
Lighting Designer: TBA

All performances and most rehearsals (Monday-Thursday with occasional weekends and tech week) will be held at WMAC in Spartanburg.

SMALL ALISON – around 9 years old              RING OF KEYS
CHRISTIAN BECHDEL – Alison’s brother, around 10 years old
JOHN BECHDEL – Alison’s brother, around 6 years old

ALISON – 43 years old, a cartoonist               TELEPHONE WIRE
MEDIUM ALISON – 19 years old,                   CHANGING MY MAJOR
BRUCE BECHDEL – Alison’s fatherHELEN BECHDEL – Alison’s mother                DAYS & DAYS
ROY – a young man                                        RAINCOAT OF LOVE
JOAN – a college student

Stewart, Davis Lead ‘Parallel Lives’ in Proud Mary Comedy

Proud Mary Theatre Company is proud to announce the stars of our winter comedy show spectacular PARALLEL LIVES: Tiffany Stewart and Caroline Davis.

Stewart, veteran of New York and Upstate stages, and Davis, Furman University Adjunct Professor and co-star of our hilarious “5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche,” will play multiple characters in the sketch comedy classic written by the dynamic comedy duo Mo Gaffney (“Absolutely Fabulous”) and Kathy Najimy (“Sister Act” and “Hocus Pocus”). 
“Parallel Lives” is directed by Ellen Jones. Sandy Staggs is producer and Alyssia Chaplin is Stage Manager.    

“Parallel Lives” opens March 2-3 at the West Main Artist Co-Operative in Spartanburg and March 9-10 at Coffee Underground in Greenville. Visit http://www.proudmarytheatre.com/tickets

Audtions Set for Parallel Lives

 AUDITION NOTICE: The award-winning Proud Mary Theatre Company is seeking 2 Amazing, Drop-Dead Funny-as-H-E –double Hockey Sticks, Risk-Taking, Kick-Ass Women who are up to the challenge of playing partners in multiple roles in this comedic classic: PARALLEL LIVES by the dynamic comedy duo Mo Gaffney (“Absolutely Fabulous”) and Kathy Najimy (“Sister Act” and “Hocus Pocus”). Directed by Ellen Jones.

Prepare a brief comedic monologue and be prepared to read from the script (available by request from our wonderful stage manager Alyssia Hazel Chaplin  by email at alyssia@email.uscupstate.edu.

Please bring Resume, Headshot & Conflicts/Calendar.

Monday, December 17 @6:30-8:30 p.m.
West Main Artists Co-Operative
578 West Main Street, Spartanburg

 SHOW DATES: March 1-14 (Fridays & Saturdays @8 p.m. and Sundays @3 p.m.) in Spartanburg (& possibly Greenville)

REHEARSALS: Start Jan. 26 in Spartanburg (generally Friday evenings, Saturday & Sunday mornings/afternoon & some Monday evenings)


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.