Proud Mary Theatre Company Presents BOY August 9-18

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 will premiere August 9-11 in the newly-remodeled Blackbox Theatre at the West Main Artists Co-Operative in Spartanburg. The troupe will present two shows Tuesday and Wednesday, August 13-14 at 8 p.m. in Greenville at Coffee Underground, then make their Anderson debut at The Market Theatre Company Friday through Sunday, August 16-18.

The titular Boy, Adam, is played by Greenville transgender actor Noah Fitzer, who recently starred as Christian Bechdel in Proud Mary’s musical production of “Fun Home.”
The doctor is played by Spartanburg’s Ben Dawkins (a regular player at Spartanburg Little Theatre). Elizabeth Colson and Tyler Smith play parents Trudy and Doug, and Valerie Saporito is Adam’s girlfriend, Jenny. BOY is directed by Robert Fuson and stage managed by Cary Doyle.

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.

Proud Mary Presents Del Shores of ‘Sordid Lives,’ ‘Southern Baptist Sissies’

Famed Writer Del Shores Headlines Spartanburg Fringe Arts Festival

More than a pot will be stirred when international celebrity Del Shores hits the stage for Spartanburg Fringe Festival and Proud Mary Theatre Company presenting his comedy show The Sh*t Stirrer Sunday, June 23, at West Main Artists Co-op.

The acclaimed Texas-born bad boy writer for theatre, film, and television will actually be on stage twice that night: First presenting his stand-up comedy show at 7 p.m. and then at 8:30 p.m. for the after-show VIP reception, presenting This Is Your Sordid Life: An Interview with Del Shores. Admission for the evening’s festivities in only $20 and available at SpartanburgFringeFestival.com or at the door!

“Del Shores is an icon, and we are tickled pink to have him here in person at the Festival for some backstage drama,” Festival Director Sandy Staggs said. “Proud Mary Theatre produced his play Southern Baptist Sissies last summer and got a lot of heat from a local pastor — and Del rose to our defense all the way from California. And next summer, we will literally mount his cult classic Sordid Lives.”

Staggs will host the after-show interview, during which audience members can ask Shores questions.

In his Facebook post about his Spartanburg visit, Shores wrote: “The show where straight men are already nervous and Republicans are looking for the nearest exit. The show with something to offend everybody. Beware! Tea will be spilled. You’ll get the tweets that got left-of-left Del blocked by Jerry Falwell Jr., Jax Taylor, Scott Baio, Mrs. Roy Moore, Paris Dennard, Piers Morgan, Cory Lewandowski, and more!”

Shores’ friend actor Leslie Jordan (Sordid Lives and Southern Baptist Sissies) has satirically said about the show: “Del Shores is talking behind my back in his filthy show with a title I will not even utter!  Please go and report back to me! I’m going straight to the police!”

The Sh*t Stirrer has been self-described as “all new and sinfully unscripted,” and boycotted by the Baptists, American Family Association, and actor Scott Baio, who played Chachi on the sitcom Happy Days.

Shores is the writer/director/producer of the films Sordid Lives, Blues for Willadean, Southern Baptist Sissies, and A Very Sordid Wedding.  He wrote and executive produced the MGM feature Daddy’s Dyin’… Who’s Got The Will?  He has written seven plays, produced thousands of times worldwide, four adapted for screen. In television, Shores wrote, directed, executive produced, and created the LOGO series Sordid Lives: The Series. He also wrote and executive produced Showtime’s groundbreaking Queer As Folk for the last three seasons, as well as for Dharma & Greg and Ned & Stacey.  He has directed Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer; Grammy Award winner Olivia Newton-John; Emmy winners/nominees Beau Bridges, Delta Burke, Leslie Jordan, Bonnie Bedelia, Bobbie Eakes, Patrika Darbo, and Rue McClanahan.

As a performer, Shores has performed in hundreds of stand-up gigs and completed a 2018 national tour with his critically acclaimed and award-winning one-man play Six Characters In Search Of A Play, which was filmed in 2019 at The Celebration Theatre live for upcoming film festivals.  His current stand-up touring show is The Sh*t Stirrer.

By the time Shores comes to Spartanburg, The Sh*t Stirrer will have already been seen in Dallas, TX; Eureka Springs, AR; Dewy Rose, GA; and Knoxville, TN. He will then take the show to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

“I want everyone to see everything we have to offer at Spartanburg Fringe Arts Festival,” Staggs said. “But if you can come to only one event, make it this one. Shores and his works are perfect examples of how art that many people consider to be too controversial, too revealing, too liberal, too true has now become mainstream entertainment.”

Spartanburg Fringe Arts Festival will run for the entire month of June 2019 at West Main Artists Co-op in Spartanburg. It will feature 125 artists and 32 events that include readings, cinema, theatre, comedy, an art exhibit, and local bands. For more details, please visit: SpartanburgFringeFestival.com.

Meet the Fun Home Cast: Josh Begelman

Joshua Begelman plays John Bechdel in FUN HOME. Josh began his professional acting career at the age of eight in community theater productions as Rusty Charlie in Guys and Dolls , Grimsby in The Little Mermaid, and Agwe in Once on This Island. Television appearances include Nikolai on CBS’ Madam Secretary and two skits on Saturday Night Live with Will Ferrell and John Mulaney.  This past fall, Joshua participated in a table read of a new play by Iris Rainer Dart and directed by Lonny Price.  He has modeled for the Fall 2018 Tommy Hilfiger boys collection.  Joshua loves playing piano, especially pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, and riding his 21 speed mountain bike.  He is a rising 5th grader at Stone Academy and is a member of the Jump Start school television program where he is the correspondent for World News every Thursday morning. Joshua is extremely excited to be performing as John in Proud Mary Theatre Company’s Fun Home production. 

“Fun Home” runs through June 16, 2019 at the West Main Artists Co-Operative, 578 West Main St. in Spartanburg. Shows are Thursdays–Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 pm. Thursday, June 13 at is PAY WHAT YOU CAN NIGHT. Tickets are $15-25. For more information, visit www.proudmarytheatre.com.

Meet the Cast of FUN HOME: Noah Fitzer

Noah Fitzer

Noah Fitzer plays Christian Bechdel, Alison’s older brother in Fun Home and will also play the title character in our next production BOY by Anna Ziegler Aug. 9-18.

Noah is a rising sophomore at Agnes Scott College, double-majoring in Philosophy and Music Composition. They were an active member of the drama club at Southside High School, their most notable role being Olive Ostrovsky in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” They then spent two years at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Math. Noah writes music in their spare time, and they hope to make a career of being a singer-songwriter.

What attracted you to this role? To this musical?

Fun Home was the first time I saw masculinity in women being viewed as something noble and beautiful/handsome. When I listened to the soundtrack in high school, it empowered me, and it quickly became one of my favorite musicals of all time. I was willing to do anything to be a part of this story.

What was your familiarity with FUN HOME?

I’ve loved the soundtrack ever since I first heard it. My mother took me on a trip to New York in 2016 so that I could see it before it closed on Broadway, which was my dream at the time. Thanks, Mom!!!

Have you read the memoir the show was based on?

Sure have. To be honest, a lot of the literary references went over my head the first time I read it. I’m due for a re-read.

What can you tell us about your character?

Christian is Alison’s older brother as a preteen. He’s excited to be a part of the epic plans his sister and his father orchestrate.

What are some of the more interesting things you have discovered or done in the rehearsal process?

Bonding with Eve and Josh, who are real siblings, helped me to find a role within their dynamic. I also emulated my older brother quite a bit. I’ve been so impressed with my castmates, and I’m seeing that hard work and research bring portrayals from good to incredible.

What is the most challenging part about your role or songs?

Pretending to be a kid when there is a real kid in the scene with me.

What have you learned about yourself from playing this role?

I will never get tired of watching incredible performances from the wings. I’ve also become significantly more confident about my own theatricality. But mostly I’ve learned that I can play a little boy.

What do you hope patrons will take away from their Fun Home experience?

Parenting style and community attitude can make or break a child’s quality of life. Also, I hope queer women will see Alison’s journey of style and identity as a celebration of themselves, and I hope everyone else gains a better understanding of the significance of a person’s butch gender presentation.

Meet the Cast of Fun Home: Samantha Eyler

Samantha Eyler

Samantha Eyler (Alison) has a BA in Musical Theatre from Marywood University. Fun Home is her premiere show in the Greenville area but she has performed in and costumed numerous shows across several states. Notable past roles include Mae (Reefer Madness, Imagine Productions), Magenta (Rocky Horror Show, Cyclodrama), Dina (Schoolhouse Rock Live, Shadowbox Live), and Diana (Chorus Line, 24/7 Mainstage). She would like to thank her amazing husband for his support.

What attracted you to this role? To this musical?
I love musicals with substance. I think the lighthearted, just-for-fun musicals have their place but I think what makes musical theatre special is the ability of music to transcend the words and portray emotion and storytelling on another level. So, I am always drawn to musicals that utilize that technique and tell an engaging, moving, and emotional story.
What was your familiarity with FUN HOME?
My mother bought me Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel as a gift knowing only that it had something to do with some musical. I had heard of the musical but hadn’t really gotten into yet when I first read the memoir. I was so moved by the way she used the graphic novel genre to tell a completely different type of story. 
Have you read the memoir was based on?
Reading the memoir was my first introduction to the show and I reread it when I was cast.
What can you tell us about your character?
Of the three iterations of Alison, she is the most at peace with who she is. She has grown into herself and she has already made a career as a “lesbian cartoonist.” However, she still hasn’t properly mourned the loss of her father. She starts the show very cavalier about her painful memories but as the story unfolds she rediscovers herself and comes to terms with everything she knows about her father.
What are some of the more interesting things you have discovered or done in the rehearsal process?
We got to do a really exciting workshop with an intimacy coordinator. I am not involved in the scene of the show where the techniques were used but it was really interesting to learn the techniques that she uses to choreograph intimate moments in shows.
What is the most challenging part about your role or songs?
This role has been significantly more challenging than I expected. I felt like I had a solid understanding of the character and she show prior to rehearsals. Because I am onstage observing all of the other moments of the show, I have spent a lot more time delving into my emotional and character arc and it has been wonderful but definitely a challenge and certainly time-consuming. 
What have you learned about yourself from playing this role?
Alison talks candidly in the memoir and in interviews about how she didn’t know how to properly process her emotions for much of her life, especially following her father’s death. I identify with that so much. I have found this to be a very cathartic experience and, though I have a very different story and family life, I have learned a lot about myself and the way I handle emotional experiences whilst wading through Alison’s journey. 
What do you hope patrons will take away from their Fun Home experience?
I hope they enjoy the show but I also hope that they take away something deep and meaningful from this story. I think there are elements that everyone can connect with and I hope they are able to journey with us and walk away knowing themselves better. Three of you play the same character Alison Bechdel at 3 different ages. What has been your strategy amongst the three of you to assimilate this person? Any physical traits or gestures, you all have assumed?
We did a rehearsal where we all tried to see what gestures we were each using and tried to assimilate them across the three of us and get some physical consistency to Alison. As I am in the position of observing most scenes, I am in a good position to try to mimic and mirror the other two without seeming forced. I think we have discovered the character of Alison separately and when we came together we have worked to fill in the gaps to create a smooth transition from one Alison to the next and I’m excited about the growth we portray through her life. 

What attracted you to this role? To this musical?
I love musicals with substance. I think the lighthearted, just-for-fun musicals have their place but I think what makes musical theatre special is the ability of music to transcend the words and portray emotion and storytelling on another level. So, I am always drawn to musicals that utilize that technique and tell an engaging, moving, and emotional story.
What was your familiarity with FUN HOME?
My mother bought me Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel as a gift knowing only that it had something to do with some musical. I had heard of the musical but hadn’t really gotten into yet when I first read the memoir. I was so moved by the way she used the graphic novel genre to tell a completely different type of story. 

What can you tell us about your character?
Of the three iterations of Alison, she is the most at peace with who she is. She has grown into herself and she has already made a career as a “lesbian cartoonist.” However, she still hasn’t properly mourned the loss of her father. She starts the show very cavalier about her painful memories but as the story unfolds she rediscovers herself and comes to terms with everything she knows about her father.
What are some of the more interesting things you have discovered or done in the rehearsal process?
We got to do a really exciting workshop with an intimacy coordinator. I am not involved in the scene of the show where the techniques were used but it was really interesting to learn the techniques that she uses to choreograph intimate moments in shows.
What is the most challenging part about your role or songs?
This role has been significantly more challenging than I expected. I felt like I had a solid understanding of the character and she show prior to rehearsals. Because I am onstage observing all of the other moments of the show, I have spent a lot more time delving into my emotional and character arc and it has been wonderful but definitely a challenge and certainly time-consuming. 
What have you learned about yourself from playing this role?
Alison talks candidly in the memoir and in interviews about how she didn’t know how to properly process her emotions for much of her life, especially following her father’s death. I identify with that so much. I have found this to be a very cathartic experience and, though I have a very different story and family life, I have learned a lot about myself and the way I handle emotional experiences whilst wading through Alison’s journey. 
What do you hope patrons will take away from their Fun Home experience?
I hope they enjoy the show but I also hope that they take away something deep and meaningful from this story. I think there are elements that everyone can connect with and I hope they are able to journey with us and walk away knowing themselves better. 

Three of you play the same character Alison Bechdel at 3 different ages. What has been your strategy amongst the three of you to assimilate this person? Any physical traits or gestures, you all have assumed?
We did a rehearsal where we all tried to see what gestures we were each using and tried to assimilate them across the three of us and get some physical consistency to Alison. As I am in the position of observing most scenes, I am in a good position to try to mimic and mirror the other two without seeming forced. I think we have discovered the character of Alison separately and when we came together we have worked to fill in the gaps to create a smooth transition from one Alison to the next and I’m excited about the growth we portray through her life. 

Meet the Cast of Fun Home: Behind the Curtain with Kelly Davis

Kelly Davis plays Helen Bechdel in Fun Home.

Kelly is so proud to be making her debut with the Proud Mary Theatre Company!  

A recent transplant from New York City, Kelly has worked at the Milltown Players (Pump Boys & Dinettes, Seussical), Centre Stage (Red Herring), the Greenville Chorale (Alto II) and is a teaching artist with the Warehouse Theatre and SmartARTS program in Greenville.  

Kelly holds a BFA in Acting with a minor in Musical Theatre from Marymount Manhattan College and studied Shakespeare and classical theatre at the British American Dramatic Academy in London.  New York Theatre Credits include: The Crucible (Abigail), Six Degrees of Separation (Tess), Children of Eden (Aysha), King Lear (Gloucester) and the title role in Cymbelline.  

When not on stage, Kelly teaches yoga and manages the family business Palmetto State Solar.  She wishes to thank her amazingly supportive husband, Aaron and 3 fur children: Cheeky, Gizmo, and Orlando Fernando.

What attracted you to this role? To this musical?
Helen is the role of a lifetime.  She is based on a real character with juicy scenes and has an “11:00 number”!  I also feel that Fun Home is a unique musical and sheds light on some topics that aren’t traditionally discussed in the theatre.  This makes it so very important to produce in this day and age.

What was your familiarity with FUN HOME?
Prior to auditions, I had only heard Ring of Keys.  I didn’t realize there was a role for me!  When I got a call back for Helen, I listened to the original recording and was immediately hooked.

Have you read the memoir was based on?
I am in the middle of it!

What can you tell us about your character?
I play Allison’s mom, Helen.  Helen Bechdel was a real person who lived from 1933-2013.  She was married to Bruce and had 3 children.  Helen tries her best to keep up appearances and tend to her family, however Bruce’s unpredictable rage takes its toll on her.  Helen finds solace in acting and doing plays.  The real Helen Bechdel was very active in local theatre as a performer and costumer.  

What are some of the more interesting things you have discovered or done in the rehearsal process?
We had a theatrical intimacy coach come to rehearsal.  She taught us some ways to connect physically with one another in ways that respected our boundaries.  This is an important tool that I will continue to use going forward.  

What is the most challenging part about your role or songs?
The music is so very moving, and I am often overcome with emotion when I’m trying to sing!  I’ve had to keep singing my song (Days) over and over to try and desensitize myself, but I tend to get choked up at a different point each night, which makes it difficult to get the notes out!

What have you learned about yourself from playing this role?

This is one of my first musicals in about a decade.  As a result, I am emerging as an actress in a totally new type than I was before.  I have spent most of my life as an alto, but I have discovered that my voice has matured and I am able to sing a more legit style soprano.  Approaching this role, I have been able to identify what warmup routines (vocally, physically and emotionally) that get me to the place I need to be for the show.

What do you hope patrons will take away from their Fun Home experience?

I hope that patrons will be swept up in the story and take this journey with us.  There will be moments of laughter and possibly tears!  


What other talents have you summoned to play this part?

I have summoned my piano knowledge from when I was a kid.  I took lessons when I was little and then stopped when I was about 13.  It has been very rewarding to play a little bit for this show.  

 

Meet the Cast of Fun Home: Behind the Curtain with Boyd Galloway

Boyd Galloway
Boyd Galloway
Boyd Galloway plays Bruce, Alison’s father.

Boyd Galloway, who plays the husband and father Bruce, is enjoying this Proud Mary moment in Fun Home, despite the character’s closeted and moody tendencies.

A singer for decades, Boyd has appeared in the world premiere of Don McCullough’s Let My People Go. At the Library of Congress he premiered David Raskin’s Oedipus Remembers and was in American premieres of Gershwin’s long lost musicals Primrose and Pardon My English.

At the Kennedy Center he performed in hit Gershwin revivals Of Thee I Sing and Let ‘Em Eat Cake. Boyd sang in the men’s chorus for the National Symphony recording of Corigliano’s Of Rage and Remembrance, an homage to the AIDS quilt and winner of the 1997 Grammy for Best Classical Album. Some of his American Repertory Singers recordings have been featured on National Public Media’s Performance Today. More recently, Boyd has kept busy working as a chorister and background actor.

You might have glimpsed him backing up Kenny Rogers at the Peace Center or in movies such as Office Christmas Party (Paramount), playing piano in Christine (2016, Rough House) which premiered at Sundance Film Festival, or in Confirmation (HBO), nominated for an Emmy for best TV movie or mini-series.

Locally, he has performed with Warehouse Theatre, Center Stage, SC Children’s Theatre, Abbeville Opera House, and Mill Town Players. He is currently active in choral groups Concordiae and S.C. Bach Choir. He lives in Anderson and is BIC of Steven Boyd Enterprises Realty & Property.

“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/tickets/.

You play an abusive husband and father and someone accused of heinous crime? How have you dealt with this character’s darkness? 

I’ve thought a lot about Bruce’s back story, the time period, and all the questions surrounding his bad behavior, seedy sexual exploits, double life, and ultimate demise.  One can’t make excuses for Bruce, although I sometimes wonder if the author was entirely fair in her assessment.  She can draw a circle around HER memories of him, but the lives of our parents are so much more multifaceted than we can ever fully realize.  There’s a line that Bruce says to small Alison: “I do dumb, dangerous things.  I’m bad, not good like you.”  Despite Bruce’s heinous behavior, I hold on to the notion that he loved his daughter.  This play just has so many layers that can be peeled back.  

What attracted you to this role? To this musical?

I fully support the mission of Proud Mary.  This is a meaty role.  It’s not often that this kind of opportunity comes along for a singer and character actor like me.

 What was your familiarity with FUN HOME? 
Previously, none.

Have you read the memoir was based on? 
Yes, since rehearsals started.

What are some of the more interesting things you have discovered or done in the rehearsal process?  While playing the character of Bruce, it’s vital to find triggers to come back to being a more even-keeled me off stage.  

What is the most challenging part about your role or songs? 
Bruce pops on and off stage a lot.  He has emotional extremes.

What have you learned about yourself from playing this role? 
Having come out in the 70s myself, I give myself a pat on the back for being true to myself and helping to advance the causes of the gay rights movement.  Accepting yourself makes dealing with everything else so much easier. 

What do you hope patrons will take away from their Fun Home experience? 
For anyone who has gone through, thinking about, or dealing with the process of coming out, I hope it helps them “to know what’s true, did deep into who and what and why and when.

‘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:
http://spartanburgfringefestival.com/event/a-sordid-evening-with-del-shores/

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/.