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LAVENDER CABARET & SEASON TWO REVEAL Saturday, June 23

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 http://events.eventzilla.net/e/lavender-cabaret–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.

AUDITION DATES:
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 sandy@proudmarytheatre.com
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

SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES by Del Shores
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.

MALE ROLES:

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.

FEMALE ROLES:

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 www.proudmarytheatre.com/auditions
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

 

AUDITION DATES:
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 sandy@proudmarytheatre.com
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: https://www.facebook.com/ProudMaryTheatreCompany/videos/1880866152224242/

Poster photo by @ESCOBAR PHOTOGRAPHY

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!

AUDITIONS for 5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE

UPSTATE PREMIERE!
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 (kateroark@gmail.com)

 

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.

LINK TO SCRIPT DOWNLOAD & AUDITION SIDES BELOW:

NO REHEARSALS DURING WINTER BREAK BETWEEN 12/15 and 1/7. 

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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)

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SCRIPT DOWNLOAD

SIDES PAGES FOR AUDITIONS

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

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TENTATIVE REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:
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

Proud Mary Theatre Announces Debut Season with Two Upstate Premieres

The Proud Mary Theatre Company, South Carolina’s first and only theatre group devoted to LGBTQ+ Stories & Voices, is proud to announce its second fundraiser, a presentation of STANDING ON CEREMONY: THE GAY MARRIAGE PLAYS, THE LEBANESE EDITION with an all-female cast and plays by lesbian playwrights. AND A SPECIAL PREVIEW OF 5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE!

An A-list lineup of playwrights (Mo Gaffney, Wendy MacLeod & more) offers unique takes on the moments before, during, and after “I do.” Witty, warm, and occasionally wacky, these short one-act plays about Gay Marriage are vows to the blessings of equality, the universal challenges of relationships, and the often hilarious power of love.
$5-10 donation requested.

AND NOW OUR 2017-18 SEASON is…

I AM MY OWN WIFE By Doug Wright ONE-MAN-SHOW!!
Nov. 1-3 at Unitarian Universalist Church in Spartanburg
Nov. 10-11 at The Ninjaplex in Greenville
Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award!
Based on a true story, and inspired by interviews conducted by the playwright, I AM MY OWN WIFE stars Upstate actor Dave LaPage (recently in “Death and the Maiden” and “Am I Dead?” at Centre Stage and “Important Hats of the Twentieth Century” at The Warehouse Theatre) in 30 different roles in this fascinating tale of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a real-life German transvestite who managed to survive both the Nazis and the East German Communist regime, owned a museum and operated an underground gay and lesbian support group.

5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE By Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood UPSTATE PREMIERE!
February 1-4 & 8-11, 2018
Converse College Laird Studio Theatre
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 threaten their idyllic town?
Directed by Kate Roark.
AUDITIONS: Nov. 18-19 at Spartanburg Headquarters Library

GAY IN THE SOUTH: Original One-Acts by Local Playwrights. WORLD PREMIERE!
May 2018
Location & Audition info TBA.

SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES By Del Shores UPSTATE PREMIERE!
August 2018
Locations in Spartanburg & Greenville TBA
This story follows the journey of four gay boys in a Texas Baptist Church who search for love and acceptance in the church and clubs of Dallas, while desperately trying to deal with the pain and rage of growing up gay in the South.

For more information, visit www.proudmarytheatre.com

The mission of the Proud Mary Theatre Company, a non-profit and non-professional theatre, is to present LGBTQ+ voices and stories in Spartanburg and the entire Upstate region through theatrical plays: compelling dramas, rib-tickling comedies, campy musicals, and local original works and avant-garde pieces that celebrate diversity and tolerance.

Casting Call for THE GAY MARRIAGE PLAYS

CASTING CALL!!!!

The Proud Mary Theatre Company, South Carolina’s first and only theatre group devoted to LGBTQ+ Stories & Voices, is proud to announce its first fundraiser, a presentation of STANDING ON CEREMONY: THE GAY MARRIAGE PLAYS.
An A-list lineup of playwrights (Mo Gaffney, Doug Wright, Paul Rudnick, Neil LaBute, Wendy MacLeod & more) offers unique takes on the moments before, during, and after “I do.” Witty, warm, and occasionally wacky, these short one-act plays about Gay Marriage are vows to the blessings of equality, the universal challenges of relationships, and the often hilarious power of love.
This is an On-Book Performance!

Seeking 3 Men and 3 Women (or more) for multiple Parts. All Ages, Genders & Ethnicities welcome!

INTERESTED in a part?
Private Message Sandy Staggs or email sandy@carolinacurtaincall.com

REHEARSALS
Sunday, Sept. 24 afternoon/evening LOCATION TBA
Wednesday, Sept. 27 @ 6 p.m.
LOCATION TBA

PERFORMANCE is
Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Coffee Underground
1 East Coffee St. in Greenville
www.proudmarytheatre.com

Another Performance is being planned in Spartanburg with a different cast! Details TBA!

The Gay Marriage Plays – Sept. 27 in Greenville

The Proud Mary Theatre Company, South Carolina’s first and only theatre group devoted to LGBTQ+ Stories & Voices, is proud to announce its first fundraiser, a presentation of STANDING ON CEREMONY: THE GAY MARRIAGE PLAYS.

An A-list lineup of playwrights (Mo Gaffney, Doug Wright, Paul Rudnick, Neil LaBute, Wendy MacLeod & more) offers unique takes on the moments before, during, and after “I do.” Witty, warm, and occasionally wacky, these short one-act plays about Gay Marriage are vows to the blessings of equality, the universal challenges of relationships, and the often hilarious power of love.
Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Coffee Underground
1 East Coffee St. in Greenville
www.proudmarytheatre.com
$10