Proud Mary, Speaking Down Barriers Host Live Talkback

Proud Mary Theatre is proud to present a Facebook Live screening of Stuck by Paris Crayton III with a post-show discussion with the cast and special guest panelists Davelyn Hill and Kortney Lapeyrolerie of Speaking Down Barriers and Therapist Markias Littlejohn. Join us as we discuss themes in the play such as mental health, religion and queer identity in the African American community.

Make a Donation to Speaking Down Barriers HERE.

The play begins at 7 pm with discussion to follow at 8:20 pm. FREE. Donations to Speaking Down Barriers and/or Proud Mary Theatre on our homepage at proudmarytheatre.com.

Stuck is directed by Clark E. Nesbitt and stars five incredible artists including Latreshia Lilly, Kristofer Parker, Antoinette Hall, Schuyler Carson Jackson, and Ava Davis. Streaming begins Friday, January 29 @ 8 AM and ends Sunday, January 31 @ midnight.

Davelyn Hill

Davelyn Hill (she/her) is a queer Black woman creative living and working in the South. She is a Life Coach and the Executive Director of Speaking Down Barriers. Davelyn is a poet activist. She uses poetry as a medium to push conversation toward equity. Davelyn brings her creativity into every facet of her life whether writing poems or painting. Davelyn’s art and poem Questions are featured on the Spark and Echo website.

Kortney Lapeyrolerie

Kortney Lapeyrolerie (she/they) is a queer Black healing justice activist, birth worker, certified conflict mediator, and content creator. She is the founder and director of the Queer Doula Network, which maintains a digital LGBTQIA+ birth work and birth work-adjacent directory; provides workshops; and holds community spaces for LGBTQIA+ birth workers to find support. She has worked with the Black Health (formerly the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS) and the Latino Commission on AIDS providing capacity building around communications and sexual and reproductive health. She lives in Greer, SC in a multigenerational home that keeps a well-tended vegetable garden, more than a few pets, and an endless supply of storytelling. 

Markias Littlejohn

Markias Littlejohn is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist,  Certified Sex Therapist, and Mid-Level Practitioner in the states of : South Carolina, Texas, California, and Oklahoma. Markias is CEO, of Kairos Therapeutic Alliance LLC (A Concierge therapy agency), and has a Facebook Vlog entitled “Kairos Korner” which streams live every Monday 9pm est/ 6pm Pst. Markias was listed in the Huffington Post as “One of the Therapist you should know”. Markias uses innovation to help clients address their mental and sexual health needs, help clients identify the tools to live the life they want, and/or helps then accept the life they have chosen to live.

Antoinette Hall makes her Proud Mary Debut in Stuck

Antoinette Hall

Greenville actor Antoinette Hall makes her Proud Mary Theatre Company debut in Stuck by Paris Crayton III, kicking off the company’s #BlackQueerLivesMatter Series on January 29-31, 2021.

In this drama set in Atlanta, Jacob Charles has just received news that his girlfriend of three years is expecting their first child but he can’t seem to stop having dreams about someone else. He tries to unpack all of these thoughts through therapy. Little does he know that his therapist (Lilly) is going through her own problems trying to manage a relationship with a married woman.

Antoinette is excited to be making her Proud Mary debut! You have probably seen her onstage and behind the scenes of many Upstate productions such as Family Christmas Spectacular and Let The Good Times Roll (Mauldin Cultural Center), The Cake (Tryon Little Theater), A Raisin in the Sun (Greenwood Community Theatre), Intimate Apparel, Little Shop of Horrors (Centre Stage). She hopes you enjoy this wonderful show!

Stuck features a cast of five incredible artists including Latreshia Lilly, Kristofer Parker, Hall, Ava Davis, and Schuyler Carson.

Streaming begins Friday, January 29 @ 8 AM and ends Sunday, January 31 @ midnight. This is a FREE event but registration is required on Eventbrite to obtain streaming information. Donations to Proud Mary can be made Here.

Kristofer Parker Stars in Stuck

Kristofer Parker

Greenville actor Kristofer Parker makes his Proud Mary Theatre Company debut as the lead in Stuck by Paris Crayton III, kicking off the company’s #BlackQueerLivesMatter Series on January 29-31, 2021.

In this drama set in Atlanta, Jacob Charles has just received news that his girlfriend of three years is expecting their first child but he can’t seem to stop having dreams about someone else. He tries to unpack all of these thoughts through therapy. Little does he know that his therapist (Lilly) is going through her own problems trying to manage a relationship with a married woman.

Kristofer has appeared as Jimmy Early in Dreamgirls at Centre Stage. Recent credit includes A Family Chiristmas Spectcular, Let the Good Times Roll, Hairsrpray (Award for Best Supporting Actor), Sister Act,The Wiz, The Hot ,Mikado, Rent, Songs for a New World, The Producers, Jesus Christ Superstar, Wild Thing, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Rock ‘n’ Roll Forever, Splish Splash and Annie Get You’re Gun (Award for Best Supporting Actor). Kristofer hopes that everyone takes the message of self worth and has the confidence to be who they are! 

Stuck features a cast of five incredible artists including Latreshia Lilly, Parker, Antoinette Hall, Ava Davis, and Schuyler Carson.

Streaming begins Friday, January 29 @ 8 AM and ends Sunday, January 31 @ midnight. This is a FREE event but registration is required on Eventbrite to obtain streaming information. Donations to Proud Mary can be made Here.

Latreshia Lilly Plays Therapist in Stuck

Latreshia Lilly

Greenville actor Latreshia Lilly plays a therapist with her own issues in Proud Mary Theatre’s Stuck by Paris Crayton III, kicking off the company’s #BlackQueerLivesMatter Series on January 29-31, 2021.

In this drama set in Atlanta, Jacob Charles has just received news that his girlfriend of three years is expecting their first child but he can’t seem to stop having dreams about someone else. He tries to unpack all of these thoughts through therapy. Little does he know that his therapist (Lilly) is going through her own problems trying to manage a relationship with a married woman.

Stuck features a cast of five incredible artists including Lilly, Kristofer Parker, Antoinette Hall, Ava Davis, and Schuyler Carson.

Lilly is originally from Folsom, LA. She  graduated from Northwestern State University of Louisiana  with a BS in Theatre, double concentrating in Musical Theatre Performance and Performance/Directing. For the past three years she has graced the stage at Greenville Theatre as a Resident Company Member. Before joining the upstate theatre community,  she  toured with Missoula Children’s Theatre, after that she lived in Texas, working for several theatre companies in the Dallas/Fort Worth area all while teaching after school drama classes. She is very pleased to be a part of this production and series with Proud Mary Theatre. Her hope is that this show allows the viewers to truthfully examine their lives, beliefs, and perceptions of themselves as well as others.  Do All Things In Love! 

Streaming begins Friday, January 29 @ 8 AM and ends Sunday, January 31 @ midnight. This is a FREE event but registration is required on Eventbrite to obtain streaming information. Donations to Proud Mary can be made Here.

Schuyler Carson Returns in Stuck

Schuyler J Carson

Schuyler J Carson returns to Proud Mary Theatre’s virtual stage in Stuck by Paris Crayton III , kicking off the company’s #BlackQueerLivesMatter Series on January 29-31, 2021.

In this drama set in Atlanta, Jacob Charles has just received news that his girlfriend of three years is expecting their first child but he can’t seem to stop having dreams about someone else. He tries to unpack all of these thoughts through therapy. Little does he know that his therapist is going through her own problems trying to manage a relationship with a married woman.

Stuck features a cast of five incredible artists including Carson, Latreshia Lilly, Kristofer Parker, Antoinette Hall, and Ava Davis.

Carson, who plays a married woman and mother in a nine-year relationship with a lesbian therapist, is from Spartanburg, and Mom to a budding performer, Cheyenne. She is a veteran of the theatre and has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Lees-McRae College. Some favorite roles have included Matron Mama Morton/Chicago, Gary Coleman/Avenue Q, and Paulette/Legally Blonde. She is so excited to make her second appearance in a Proud Mary Show. “I hope that you all enjoy and we look forward to the day that stage lights are back on. Please stay safe and support virtual theatre for now.”

Streaming begins Friday, January 29 @ 8 AM and ends Sunday, January 31 @ midnight. This is a FREE event but registration is required on Eventbrite to obtain streaming information. Donations to Proud Mary can be made Here.

Ava Davis Co-Stars in Stuck

Ava Davis, will return to Proud Mary Theatre in Stuck by Paris Crayton III , kicking off the company’s #BlackQueerLivesMatter Series on January 29-31, 2021.

In this drama set in Atlanta, Jacob Charles has just received news that his girlfriend of three years is expecting their first child but he can’t seem to stop having dreams about someone else. He tries to unpack all of these thoughts through therapy. Little does he know that his therapist is going through her own problems trying to manage a relationship with a married woman.

Stuck features a cast of five incredible artists including Davis, Latreshia Lilly, Kristofer Parker, Antoinette Hall, and Schuyler Carson Jackson.

Davis, also known as the Duchess of Grant Park, plays the role of Mike and is an actor, producer & writer, working and living in Atlanta. 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from the University of Georgia, and has made Atlanta her home, along with her partner, two standard poodles and one bengal cat. 

Recently in Proud Mary Theatre’s productions of The Gayest Christmas Pageant Ever! and The Laramie Project, Ava has acted in, written and produced several short films, including Feast, The Decision and the upcoming short film, Duchess of Grant Park. She has performed with the One Minute Play Fest, including a special performance in collaboration with the Queens Theater in New York City to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pride. In addition, she does sketch comedy with Critical Crop Top. 

Ava is a trans actress, and an advocate for increasing trans and queer representation, especially that of black and other minorities. She also loves jellybeans and coffee, and is always happiest when she finds herself with the privilege, honor, and sublime state of performing. 

Streaming begins Friday, January 29 @ 8 AM and ends Sunday, January 31 @ midnight. This is a FREE event but registration is required on Eventbrite to obtain streaming information. Donations to Proud Mary can be made Here.

Clark E. Nesbitt is Debut Director of #BQLM Series

Clark E. Nesbitt will make his Proud Mary Theatre directing debut with Stuck by Paris Crayton III , kicking off the company’s #BlackQueerLivesMatter Series on January 29-31, 2021.

In this drama set in Atlanta, Jacob Charles has just received news that his girlfriend of three years is expecting their first child but he can’t seem to stop having dreams about someone else. He tries to unpack all of these thoughts through therapy. Little does he know that his therapist is going through her own problems trying to manage a relationship with a married woman.

Stuck features a cast of five incredible artists including Latreshia Lilly, Kristofer Parker, Antoinette Hall, Schuyler Carson Jackson, and Ava Davis.
Streaming begins Friday, January 29 @ 8 AM and ends Sunday, January 31 @ midnight. This is a FREE event but registration is required on Eventbrite to obtain streaming information. Donations to Proud Mary can be made Here.

Nesbitt was initially set to direct in December the Upstate premiere of Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney, Tony-nominee and Oscar®-winning screenwriter of Moonlight, but has been postponed until December 2021 if Covid-conditions permit.

Choir Boy is set at the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys has been dedicated to the education of strong, ethical black men. One talented student has been waiting for years to take his rightful place as the leader of the legendary gospel choir. But can he make his way through the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key?

His other directing credits include: “A Raisin In The Sun”, Greenwood Community Theatre. “Young Negress Stepping Out of the River at Dawn” marked Clark’s directing debut at Centre Stage. He also directed and performed in “Through the Night” and “Memories of The Game” at Centre Stage. Directed “God’s Trombones”, excerpts from “Porgy and Bess”, “I Too, Am America”, “I’ve Known Rivers” at Anderson University. Director and choreographer for “God’s Trombones”, “If Anybody Ask You Who I Am”, “The Story of Christmas”, “A Christmas of Compassion” at Maple Creek Baptist Church, Greer, SC and “God’s Trombones” The Pilgrim Baptist Church, Newark, Delaware. Clark is also the Director and Choreographer for the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sororities “Fashionetta” in Anderson and Greer, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s “Jabberwock” in Anderson and The Jack and Jill “Beautillion”, Greenville. Clark has also developed and performed his one man show “I Too Am America”.

Some of his past theatrical roles include “Driving Miss Daisy” (Hoke) at Walhalla Civic Center Theatre, “Driving Miss Daisy” (Hoke) at Centre Stage, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Aide Turkle), To Kill A Mocking Bird (Reverend Sykes) The Mill Town Players, “Driving Miss Daisy” (Hoke), Greenwood Community Theatre, “Memories of The Game” (Kenneth McIntosh), “Jekyll and Hyde” (Sir Danvers Carew) “Through the Night” (Mr. Rogers): “A Time To Kill” (Ozzie Walls), “Sleeping Indoors” (Dwain), “A Few Good Men” (CAPT. Julius Randolph), “Guided Tour” (Joe Bell), “Driving Miss Daisy” (Hoke) at Centre Stage. Other Theatres: “Have We Lost The Feeling” (Devil), “Southside” (Rufus Jones), “Metamorphosis II”; BONT Cultural Theatre. “Let The People Rejoice” (Dr. King); Florida Mass Choir Tour. “A Lesson Before Dying” (Rev. Moses Ambrose) Warehouse Theatre. Clark also appeared as Julius Caesar in the Upstate Shakespeare Festival Production of “Julius Caesar”.

Clark received his BA in English from Benedict College, Columbia, SC where he studied acting under Grace Palmer, John Grace and Elizabeth J. Hart. In addition, Clark studied voice under Lucille Smith and Leonard Mansfield Johnson.

Meet the Cast: Jonathan Davis

Life imitates art imitating life in Proud Mary Theatre Company’s first-ever holiday production, The Gayest Christmas Pageant Ever!, streaming over the Christmas holiday weekend December 23-27. ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT The Uplift Outreach Center in Spartanburg – the only organization in Upstate South Carolina devoted to serving LGBTQ+ youth.

Jonathan Davis plays Rod, playwright and producer of the Triangle Theatre Company in WeHo (West Hollywood). He is appearing in his fifth Proud Mary virtual production and can usually be found in local Shakespeare performances, including last year’s Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest (Upstate Shakespeare Festival), 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

Written by Joe Marshall, this South Carolina (and Virtual) premiere is about a struggling gay theatre company and its efforts to produce a great holiday play with a crazy, drama-addicted team that has just a few weeks to produce…the gayest Christmas pageant ever! This holiday camp-fest is a fast-paced comedy packed with hilarious dialogue and 40 over-the-top characters meant for non-conservative adults of all ages!

Streaming kicks off at 8 am on Wednesday, Dec. 23. Reserve your merry and gay holiday tickets now at Eventbrite.

Meet the Cast: Ava Davis

Life imitates art imitating life in Proud Mary Theatre Company’s first-ever holiday production, The Gayest Christmas Pageant Ever!, streaming over the Christmas holiday weekend December 23-27. ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT The Uplift Outreach Center in Spartanburg – the only organization in Upstate South Carolina devoted to serving LGBTQ+ youth.

Ava Davis, also known as the Duchess of Grant Park, plays the roles of Tyrone & Tyrone’s mother and is an actor, producer & writer, working and living in Atlanta. 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from the University of Georgia, and has made Atlanta her home, along with her partner, two standard poodles and one bengal cat. 

Recently in Proud Mary Theatre’s production of The Laramie Project, Ava has acted in, written and produced several short films, including Feast, The Decision and the upcoming short film, Duchess of Grant Park. She has performed with the One Minute Play Fest, including a special performance in collaboration with the Queens Theater in New York City to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pride. In addition, she does sketch comedy with Critical Crop Top. 

Ava is a trans actress, and an advocate for increasing trans and queer representation, especially that of black and other minorities. She also loves jellybeans and coffee, and is always happiest when she finds herself with the privilege, honor, and sublime state of performing. 

Written by Joe Marshall, this South Carolina (and Virtual) premiere is about a struggling gay theatre company and its efforts to produce a great holiday play with a crazy, drama-addicted team that has just a few weeks to produce…the gayest Christmas pageant ever! This holiday camp-fest is a fast-paced comedy packed with hilarious dialogue and 40 over-the-top characters meant for non-conservative adults of all ages!

Streaming kicks off at 8 am on Wednesday, Dec. 23. Reserve your merry and gay holiday tickets now at Eventbrite.

Meet the Cast: J.R. Bloomer

JR-Bloomer
JR-Bloomer

Life imitates art imitating life in Proud Mary Theatre Company’s first-ever holiday production, The Gayest Christmas Pageant Ever!, streaming over the Christmas holiday weekend December 23-27. ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT The Uplift Outreach Center in Spartanburg – the only organization in Upstate South Carolina devoted to serving LGBTQ+ youth.

J.R. Bloomer plays the romantic lead Jim, and STD (Straight Technical Director) of the Triangle Theatre Company in WeHo (West Hollywood).

J.R. is a recent BFA Musical Theatre graduate 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 his fourth Zoom Reading with the Proud Mary Theatre after Blue Camp, The Vultures and C’est La Vie.

Written by Joe Marshall, this South Carolina (and Virtual) premiere is about a struggling gay theatre company and its efforts to produce a great holiday play with a crazy, drama-addicted team that has just a few weeks to produce…the gayest Christmas pageant ever! This holiday camp-fest is a fast-paced comedy packed with hilarious dialogue and 40 over-the-top characters meant for non-conservative adults of all ages!

Streaming kicks off at 8 am on Wednesday, Dec. 23. Reserve your merry and gay holiday tickets now at Eventbrite.