Meet the Cast of The Vultures: Alex Poteat

Alex Poteat

Meet the Cast of THE VULTURES, a new gay murder mystery by Mark Ridge and part of our BRAND SPANKING NEW PLAY Series on Tuesday evenings. Alex Poteat plays HUNTER WEST, nice, charming young hairdresser.

The Vultures premieres Tuesday, June 2 @ 9 p.m. on our Facebook Page.

In the vein of And Then There Were None, Clue and Murder by Death, The Vultures puts a modern, comedic, gay spin on the haunted house/ mystery genre.

Alexander Poteat is currently a sophomore Interdisciplinary Arts & Performance major at Arizona State University through their online program. His past roles include: The Little Mermaid as the Pilot/Chef/Courtier (Boiling Springs High School), One Mad Night as Doctor Bunn (Boiling Springs High School), Sister Act as the Pope/Assistant Stage Manager (Boiling Springs High School) Father of the Bride as Mr. Banks (Boiling Springs High School), The Addams Family as the Conquistador/Assistant Student Director (Boiling Springs High School), Mamma Mia as a member of the ensemble (Spartanburg Little Theatre), Tick, Tick… Boom! as Michael’s Understudy (USC Upstate), and Bright Star as a featured ensemble member (Tryon Little Theatre). He is currently working on the Spartanburg Little Theatre’s production of Sister Act, in which he will be portraying the cop and also as a member of the ensemble. His aspirations include being involved in the staff of a local theatre, hopefully as a director, and he also plans to continue being a cast member in local theatre as well. Theatre is a huge passion in his life, and he is so humbled to be portraying Hunter West in The Vultures with the Proud Mary Theatre. He most recently portrayed the role of Barry in the Proud Mary Virtual Play, Blue Camp.

The story takes place at Westmount Estate, on the 20th anniversary of the death of publishing magnate Simon West. As his six remaining relatives gather for the reading of his will, the mysterious housekeeper declares, “The relatives are swooping in like a wake of vultures ready to pick the carcass clean.”

Who will ultimately inherit the fortune? Will it be the charming realtor, the handsome male model, the dimwitted nail technician, the bitter old woman, the gay hairdresser, or the mild mannered accountant?

Throw in a priceless pocket watch, an androgynous housekeeper, an escaped mental patient, and a pair of reunited lovers and the result is murder, with a hefty dose of laughs

This reading is made possible by the generosity and permission of Mark Ridge and Heuer Publishing.

Based on works by John Willard, Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood.

Met the Cast of The Vultures: Joel Perkin

Meet the Cast of THE VULTURES, a new gay murder mystery by Mark Ridge and part of our BRAND SPANKING NEW PLAY Series on Tuesday evenings. Joel Perkin plays the lawyer Mr. Crosby.

The Vultures premieres Tuesday, June 2 @ 9 p.m. on our Facebook Page.

Joel has been doing theater for 25 years, mostly acting in musicals and Shakespeare, and loves that he has a chance to help blaze a trail in virtual theater. Favorite roles include Jesus in Godspell, Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet, the Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Michael in Dancing at Lughnasa, and Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone. In March he performed as Daddy Cane in Bright Star at Tryon Little Theater. He’s also directed several shows, most recently Almost, Maine and The Humans at Tryon Little Theater. When not helping teachers increase student achievement, Joel runs lines with his cats in Landrum.

In the vein of And Then There Were None, Clue and Murder by Death, The Vultures puts a modern, comedic, gay spin on the haunted house/ mystery genre.

The story takes place at Westmount Estate, on the 20th anniversary of the death of publishing magnate Simon West. As his six remaining relatives gather for the reading of his will, the mysterious housekeeper declares, “The relatives are swooping in like a wake of vultures ready to pick the carcass clean.”

Who will ultimately inherit the fortune? Will it be the charming realtor, the handsome male model, the dimwitted nail technician, the bitter old woman, the gay hairdresser, or the mild mannered accountant?

Throw in a priceless pocket watch, an androgynous housekeeper, an escaped mental patient, and a pair of reunited lovers and the result is murder, with a hefty dose of laughs

This reading is made possible by the generosity and permission of Mark Ridge and Heuer Publishing.

Based on works by John Willard, Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood.

Meet the Cast of The Little Pony: Brigitte Staggs

Brigitte Staggs

The Little Pony by Paco Bezerra and translated by Spartanburg native Marion Peter Holt premieres TUESDAY, MAY 12 @ 8 p.m. and follows a young couple grappling with their son’s traumatic bullying because of his My Little Pony backpack.

Brigitte Staggs directs this reading of The Little Pony starring Upstate actors Libby Riggins and Ryan Hewitt.

Brigitte is a graduate from USC Upstate and majored in theatre. Previous productions include Vampire Lesbians of Sodom and Southern Baptist Sissies as Odette with the Proud Mary Theatre, productions at USC Upstate include Midnight Pillow, Let the Right One In, The Great American Trailer Park Musical as assistant director, Don’t Drink the Water as Marion Hollander (Irene Ryan Acting Award Nomination), All’s Well That Ends Love’s Labours, a devised pieced which was taken to the International Youth Arts Festival in London, England.

Our BRAND SPANKING NEW VIRTUAL PLAY SERIES streams every Tuesday night with a new work read by some of the Upstate’s most amazing actors. Explore some new playwrights, characters, voices, and social issues with us. Some of these plays are being considered for future production and your comments and input are encouraged

The Little Pony was inspired by events that took place in North Carolina in 2014

Michael Morones, age eleven, was brought to the emergency room after attempting to hang himself from the bunk in his room because he could no longer endure the insults and attacks of his schoolmates. During the suicide attempt, Michael was without oxygen for several minutes, suffered permanent brain damage, and is in a semi-vegetative state. He was a fan of the animated series My Little Pony.

A month later, Grayson Bruce, nine years old, was forbidden entry into his school for carrying a My Little Pony backpack. The school principal considered it “inviting bullying” if the minor came to school with the backpack, even accusing the boy of having provoked “disorder in the classroom.”

Our Virtual Play Readings are TOTALLY FREE, but we will be accepting Donations on our website at proudmarytheatre.com/donate

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Meet the Cast of The Little Pony: Libby Riggins

Libby Riggins

The Little Pony by Paco Bezerra and translated by Spartanburg native Marion Peter Holt premieres TUESDAY, MAY 12 @ 8 p.m. and follows a young couple grappling with their son’s traumatic bullying because of his My Little Pony backpack.

Libby Riggins stars as Irene in The Little Pony.

Libby is so excited to be performing with Proud Mary, for the first time. She has performed with Mill Town Players, The Market Theatre Company, and Glow Lyric Theatre. Some of her favorite roles have been: Denise Sanders (Smoke on the Mountain), Edith Ellington (First Baptist Ivy Gap), Delightful (Dearly Departed), Grandma Addams (Addams Family Musical), Ouiser (Steel Magnolias), and recently in Mill Town Players, Bright Star! This role has been a change up, from the usual comedic roles, and had been a joy to take on. Love is love is love. 

Our BRAND SPANKING NEW VIRTUAL PLAY SERIES streams every Tuesday night with a new work read by some of the Upstate’s most amazing actors. Explore some new playwrights, characters, voices, and social issues with us. Some of these plays are being considered for future production and your comments and input are encouraged

Upstate actor Ryan Hewitt co-stars in this reading and Brigitte Carpenter directs.

The Little Pony was inspired by events that took place in North Carolina in 2014

Michael Morones, age eleven, was brought to the emergency room after attempting to hang himself from the bunk in his room because he could no longer endure the insults and attacks of his schoolmates. During the suicide attempt, Michael was without oxygen for several minutes, suffered permanent brain damage, and is in a semi-vegetative state. He was a fan of the animated series My Little Pony.

A month later, Grayson Bruce, nine years old, was forbidden entry into his school for carrying a My Little Pony backpack. The school principal considered it “inviting bullying” if the minor came to school with the backpack, even accusing the boy of having provoked “disorder in the classroom.”

Our Virtual Play Readings are TOTALLY FREE, but we will be accepting Donations on our website at proudmarytheatre.com/donate

#spankingbrandnewplays #proudmarytheatre #thelittlepony

Meet the Cast of The Little Pony: Ryan Hewitt

Ryan Hewitt

The Little Pony by Paco Bezerra and translated by Spartanburg native Marion Peter Holt premieres TUESDAY, MAY 12 @ 8 p.m. and follows a young couple grappling with their son’s traumatic bullying because of his My Little Pony backpack.

Ryan Hewitt stars as Daniel in The Little Pony.

Ryan Hewitt is a graduate of Lander University with a degree in Theatre and a minor in Musical Theatre, Ryan currently works as the Artistic Director at the Greenwood Community Theatre and is the Drama Teacher at Cambridge Academy. For the past eight years, he has worked as a director, choreographer, and performer around the upstate. Some of his most enjoyable shows to direct and choreograph have been The Addams Family, Into the Woods, 9 to 5, Shrek the Musical, and Godspell. His first passion was and will always be performing! Favorite roles include Curly (Oklahoma!) Gaston (Beauty and the Beast), Bert (Mary Poppins), Ren McCormick( Footloose), Scarecrow (The Wizard of Oz), Clifford (Deathtrap), Justin ( The Fox on the Fairway), Snoopy ( Snoopy the Musical), Link Larkin (Hairspray), and Danny Zuko (Grease)

Ryan lives in Greenwood with his beautiful wife Jordan, and his sassy and sweet daughter, Keelyn! 

Our BRAND SPANKING NEW VIRTUAL PLAY SERIES streams every Tuesday night with a new work read by some of the Upstate’s most amazing actors. Explore some new playwrights, characters, voices, and social issues with us. Some of these plays are being considered for future production and your comments and input are encouraged

Upstate actor Libby Riggins co-stars in this reading and Brigitte Carpenter directs.

The Little Pony was inspired by events that took place in North Carolina in 2014

Michael Morones, age eleven, was brought to the emergency room after attempting to hang himself from the bunk in his room because he could no longer endure the insults and attacks of his schoolmates. During the suicide attempt, Michael was without oxygen for several minutes, suffered permanent brain damage, and is in a semi-vegetative state. He was a fan of the animated series My Little Pony.

A month later, Grayson Bruce, nine years old, was forbidden entry into his school for carrying a My Little Pony backpack. The school principal considered it “inviting bullying” if the minor came to school with the backpack, even accusing the boy of having provoked “disorder in the classroom.”

Our Virtual Play Readings are TOTALLY FREE, but we will be accepting Donations on our website at proudmarytheatre.com/donate

#spankingbrandnewplays #proudmarytheatre #thelittlepony

Ryan Hewitt, Libby Riggins to Star in The Little Pony

Our BRAND SPANKING NEW VIRTUAL PLAY SERIES streams every Tuesday night with a new work read by some of the Upstate’s most amazing actors. Explore some new playwrights, characters, voices, and social issues with us. Some of these plays are being considered for future production and your comments and input are encouraged

The Little Pony by Paco Bezerra and translated by Spartanburg native Marion Peter Holt follows a young couple grappling with their son’s traumatic bullying because of his My Little Pony backpack.

Upstate actors Ryan Hewitt and Libby Riggins star in this reading and Brigitte Carpenter directs.

The Little Pony was inspired by events that took place in North Carolina in 2014

Michael Morones, age eleven, was brought to the emergency room after attempting to hang himself from the bunk in his room because he could no longer endure the insults and attacks of his schoolmates. During the suicide attempt, Michael was without oxygen for several minutes, suffered permanent brain damage, and is in a semi-vegetative state. He was a fan of the animated series My Little Pony.

A month later, Grayson Bruce, nine years old, was forbidden entry into his school for carrying a My Little Pony backpack. The school principal considered it “inviting bullying” if the minor came to school with the backpack, even accusing the boy of having provoked “disorder in the classroom.”

Our Virtual Play Readings are TOTALLY FREE, but we will be accepting Donations on our website at proudmarytheatre.com/donate

Meet the Cast of BLUE CAMP: Ryan Barry

Ryan Barry

Ryan plays THEUS MCCUTCHEN – a straight solder and bully accused of murder – in Blue Camp, a new play by Tim Caggiano and Jack Calvin Hanna.

Ryan has been performing in theatre ever since he was ten years old. He was the first to graduate from USC Upstate with a degree in theatre. He just finished this past March with Tryon Little Theatre’s production of Bright Star as Max. You may remember Ryan with Spartanburg Little Theatre’s production of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None as Doctor Armstrong. He has also performed last summer with the Upstate Shakespeare Festival’s production The Tempest as Stephano. He is thrilled to be making his debut with Proud Mary Theatre!

Blue Camp is set at an army detention center on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay during the early days of the Vietnam War as outed soldiers confront the hypocrisy of the military’s treatment of gay servicemen.

Watch BLUE CAMP now at https://vimeo.com/412543605/

“Blue Camp” © 2019, by Jack Calvin Hanna and Tim Caggiano, Playwrights.
All rights reserved.
The streaming of “Blue Camp” on Vimeo, by Proud Mary Theatre is for promotional and educational purposes only and in no way relinquishes any rights to the copyrighted original play, “Blue Camp” retained by the said authors. The Vimeo recording and video may not be saved to another format, copied by hand, reproduced in any way or shared beyond the Vimeo site without express written permission from the authors.
No claim to copyright is made here for any original U.S. Government Works.

This presentation is part of our SPANKING NEW VIRTUAL PLAY SERIES premiering Tuesdays at 8 pm.. Explore some new playwrights, voices, social issues and even musical selections with us. Some of these plays are being considered for future production and your comments and input are encouraged.

Our Virtual Play Readings are TOTALLY FREE, but we will be accepting Donations on our website at proudmarytheatre.com/donate

Also, visit the playwrights’ BLUE CAMP FACEBOOK PAGE for more information.

#spankingbrandnewplays #proudmarytheatre #bluecamp

Meet the Cast of BLUE CAMP: Jonathan Davis

Meet the Cast of BLUE CAMP: Jonathan Davis.

Jonathan Davis

Jonathan plays JANTZEN HILL in Blue Camp, a new play by Tim Caggiano and Jack Calvin Hanna.

Jonathan Davis can usually be found in local Shakespeare performances, including last summers Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest , and has been acting in the area since 1997 in various productions. He also enjoys the odd film role now and again. When not acting, he spends his time reading and painting.

Blue Camp is set at an army detention center on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay during the early days of the Vietnam War as outed soldiers confront the hypocrisy of the military’s treatment of gay servicemen.

Watch BLUE CAMP now at https://vimeo.com/412543605/

“Blue Camp” © 2019, by Jack Calvin Hanna and Tim Caggiano, Playwrights.
All rights reserved.
The streaming of “Blue Camp” on Vimeo, by Proud Mary Theatre is for promotional and educational purposes only and in no way relinquishes any rights to the copyrighted original play, “Blue Camp” retained by the said authors. The Vimeo recording and video may not be saved to another format, copied by hand, reproduced in any way or shared beyond the Vimeo site without express written permission from the authors.
No claim to copyright is made here for any original U.S. Government Works.

This presentation is part of our SPANKING NEW VIRTUAL PLAY SERIES premiering Tuesdays at 8 pm.. Explore some new playwrights, voices, social issues and even musical selections with us. Some of these plays are being considered for future production and your comments and input are encouraged.

Our Virtual Play Readings are TOTALLY FREE, but we will be accepting Donations on our website at proudmarytheatre.com/donate

Also, visit the playwrights’ BLUE CAMP FACEBOOK PAGE for more information.

#spankingbrandnewplays #proudmarytheatre #bluecamp

Meet the Cast of BLUE CAMP: J.R. Bloomer

JR-Bloomer
J.R. Bloomer plays Gary in BLUE CAMP.

Meet the Cast of BLUE CAMP: J.R. Bloomer.

J.R. plays Gary (“an athletic Adonis, raised fundamentalist Christian, confused about his sexuality”) in Blue Camp, a new play by Tim Caggiano and Jack Calvin Hanna.

J.R. is a graduating senior BFA Musical Theatre Major at Limestone College. Recent credits include Dan in Next to Normal, Ernie Mac in Puffs, and Angelo on Measure for Measure at Limestone College Theatre. He has also appeared as Hysterium in A Funny Thing… Forum and Frank in Rock of Ages with the Spartanburg Little Theatre. J.R. is excited to be a part of the Zoom Reading of Blue Camp with the Proud Mary Theatre!

Blue Camp is set at an army detention center on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay during the early days of the Vietnam War as outed soldiers confront the hypocrisy of the military’s treatment of gay servicemen.

Watch BLUE CAMP now at https://vimeo.com/412543605/

“Blue Camp” © 2019, by Jack Calvin Hanna and Tim Caggiano, Playwrights.
All rights reserved.
The streaming of “Blue Camp” on Vimeo, by Proud Mary Theatre is for promotional and educational purposes only and in no way relinquishes any rights to the copyrighted original play, “Blue Camp” retained by the said authors. The Vimeo recording and video may not be saved to another format, copied by hand, reproduced in any way or shared beyond the Vimeo site without express written permission from the authors.
No claim to copyright is made here for any original U.S. Government Works.

This presentation is part of our SPANKING NEW VIRTUAL PLAY SERIES premiering Tuesdays at 8 pm.. Explore some new playwrights, voices, social issues and even musical selections with us. Some of these plays are being considered for future production and your comments and input are encouraged.

Our Virtual Play Readings are TOTALLY FREE, but we will be accepting Donations on our website at proudmarytheatre.com/donate

Also, visit the playwrights’ BLUE CAMP FACEBOOK PAGE for more information.

#spankingbrandnewplays #proudmarytheatre #bluecamp

Proud Mary Announces Cast of BLUE CAMP

Our SPANKING NEW VIRTUAL PLAY SERIES streams every Tuesday night with a new work read by some of the Upstate’s most amazing actors. Explore some new playwrights, characters, voices, and social issues with us. Some of these plays are being considered for future production and your comments and input are encouraged.

Blue Camp by Tim Caggiano and Jack Calvin Hanna premieres TUESDAY, APRIL 28 @ 8 Pm on our FACEBOOK PAGE. set at a detention center on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay during the early days of the Vietnam War as outed gay soldiers confront their tormentors and the hypocrisy of the military’s treatment of gay servicemen.

Our Virtual Play Readings are TOTALLY FREE, but we will be accepting Donations on our website at proudmarytheatre.com/donate

Also, visit the playwrights’ BLUE CAMP FACEBOOK PAGE for more information.
#spankingbrandnewplays #proudmarytheatre #bluecamp

The Cast of BLUE CAMP:

ANNOUNCER – LAURA BUNN

THEUS MCCUTCHEN – RYAN BARRY

BILLY WHEELERGUILLERMO JEMMOTT

BARRY HOWARD – ALEX POTEAT

ARNOLD MALLOYJOEL PERKIN

JANTZEN HILL – JONATHAN DAVIS

ALVIN BAILEY – TIM SPEARS

GARY PETERSON – JR BLOOMER

SERGEANT SWANGER – COPELAND BROWN

STEVE DUGGER – KEN SNART

COLONEL – NICHOLAS OWENS

DIRECTOR/READER – SANDY STAGGS

FROM THE PLAYWRIGHTS TIM CAGGIANO AND JACK CALVIN HANNA:
We dedicate this work to our friend Dennis L., who was expelled from the U. S. Navy in August 1964 and who told us the true story of the baseball game with the other inmates, our initial inspiration. Dennis’ discharge was later upgraded to honorable. He was recently married to his partner, a fellow sailor whom he met at the Naval facility Treasure Island when they were awaiting discharge. They have been together ever since and reside in Dennis’ home state. We also were inspired by Sergeant Perry Watkins who served in the U. S. Army while openly gay beginning in 1968 and was allowed to reenlist three times thereafter and during his time in the Army he performed in drag at Army sponsored events. In 1984 he was separated from the service. He took his case all the way to the Supreme Court and won.

We also honor Vietnam Veteran, Sergeant Leonard Matlovich winner of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, who began his service in the U. S. Air Force in 1963 and who purposely outed himself to the military in order to challenge the ban on gays. He appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in 1975 with the caption, “I am a homosexual.” Sgt. Matlovich lived the ugly reality of first engaging in combat service before being expelled from the military for being gay which is a potential fate of the gay soldiers in Blue Camp.
The play primarily takes place on a bifurcated stage with criminal inmates and barracks on one side and accused homosexuals and barracks on the other side of the stage. There is a lot of taunting back and forth and when the dialogue and action shift from one barracks to the other, those not engaged read newspapers, nap, play cards, read magazines, look at photos, and taunt. Only Arnold ever reads a book.

This play is dedicated to all the men and women who were kicked out of the armed forces for being gay throughout our history and especially to those who were forced into combat with the service having knowledge of their homosexuality and then kicked out after. We also dedicate this work to all trans individuals facing discharge.