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.”
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