Meet Our Youngest Member of ‘Laramie’: Rebecca Schledwitz

Rebecca Schledwitz

Proud Mary Theatre Company continues to push the boundaries of theatre during the Covid-19 crisis as we open our 4th season with the 20th anniversary production of The Laramie Project, the award-winning play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project.

This is a FULL PRODUCTION (not a ZOOM reading) and will be presented as a Virtual Multimedia Experience available for streaming Tuesday, October 6, 2020 on the 22nd anniversary of the attack of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming, and ends on October 12, the day Shepard died and became a martyr for establishing hate crime legislation in the gay rights movement.

Rebecca Schledwitz is a 9th grader at Dorman High School. She has been performing in community and professional theatre in South Carolina and Florida since she was 7 years old. Some of her favorite roles have been Betty Parish in The Crucible, Brigatta in Sound of Music, Elsa in Frozen Jr., Annie in Annie, and the young girl in The Big Meal. She has also performed in A Christmas Story, Metamorphoses, Willy Wonka, and Shrek. Rebecca would like to thank Sandy Staggs and Ben Dawkins for allowing her this amazing opportunity to work with a talented cast and a wonderful theatre.

Directed by Ben Dawkins, The Laramie Project features a Who’s Who? cast of 14 amazing Upstate actors in some 60 roles: Ryan Barry, Michele Colletti, Ava Davis, Jonathan Davis, Kelly Davis, Doug Egge, Samantha Eyler, Darryl Harmon, Jim Huber, Dave LaPage, Rebecca Schledwitz, Tyler Smith, Audrey Waldrop and Chase Wolfe. Ashley Zimmerman is stage manager.

Suggested donation of $10 for unlimited streaming. More info is available at proudmarytheatre.com.

Opia Arts Co-Founder Sam Eyler Goes to ‘Laramie’

Samantha Eyler

Proud Mary Theatre Company continues to push the boundaries of theatre during the Covid-19 crisis as we open our 4th season with the 20th anniversary production of The Laramie Project, the award-winning play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project.

This is a FULL PRODUCTION (not a ZOOM reading) and will be presented as a Virtual Multimedia Experience available for streaming Tuesday, October 6, 2020 on the 22nd anniversary of the attack of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming, and ends on October 12, the day Shepard died and became a martyr for establishing hate crime legislation in the gay rights movement.

Samantha is a performer, costume/graphic designer, and licensed Zumba instructor based in Greenville, SC. She has been teaching and performing professionally for over 8 years and has worked with a variety of students from kindergarten all the way up to adulthood. She earned her BA in Musical Theatre from Marywood University with minors in both Graphic Design and Dance. She has performed with numerous companies across several states. Locally, she most recently performed as The Witch in Into the Woods with Market Theatre and as Marg Hamilton in The Inspector of Oz with Misfit Theatre.  

Directed by Ben Dawkins, The Laramie Project features a Who’s Who? cast of 14 amazing Upstate actors in some 60 roles: Ryan Barry, Michele Colletti, Ava Davis, Jonathan Davis, Kelly Davis, Doug Egge, Samantha Eyler, Darryl Harmon, Jim Huber, Dave LaPage, Rebecca Schledwitz, Tyler Smith, Audrey Waldrop and Chase Wolfe. Ashley Zimmerman is stage manager.

Suggested donation of $10 for unlimited streaming. More info is available at proudmarytheatre.com.

Jim Huber Portrays Matthew Shepard’s Dad in ‘Laramie’

Jim Huber

Proud Mary Theatre Company continues to push the boundaries of theatre during the Covid-19 crisis as we open our 4th season with the 20th anniversary production of The Laramie Project, the award-winning play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project.

This is a FULL PRODUCTION (not a ZOOM reading) and will be presented as a Virtual Multimedia Experience available for streaming Tuesday, October 6, 2020 on the 22nd anniversary of the attack of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming, and ends on October 12, the day Shepard died and became a martyr for establishing hate crime legislation in the gay rights movement.

This is Jim’s first experience with Proud Mary and he couldn’t be more proud of this piece and this cast!  Most recently, Jim has had the immense pleasure and honor of performing with Spartanburg Little Theatre. Most recently, he portrayed the Narrator in “The Rocky Horror Show”, as well as SLT’s holiday production- “Every Christmas Story Ever Told- and Then Some!”, and “Rock of Ages” (Dennis DuPree). His first show with SLT was in the ensemble of “Spamalot”, followed by “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (Dr. Spivey). He has also had the pleasure of working backstage on “Xanadu” and “Guys and Dolls”. Jim is super excited to be a part of this wonderful theater community.

A transplant from the Orlando area almost 5 years ago, Jim had been seen in “12 Angry Men”, “Looking for Normal”, “I Hate Hamlet”, “Lafferty’s Wake”, & “The Lion In Winter”- just to name a few. 32 years ago, he was also a cast member of “Up with People!” Jim would like to send his gratitude to the ridiculously talented cast and crew of this production for their welcoming nature, support and their general awesomeness! All his love and appreciation to his wife, Jess- Best of wives- Best of women, and his son Daniel. And a Baba Boey to You all!”

Directed by Ben Dawkins, The Laramie Project features a Who’s Who? cast of 14 amazing Upstate actors in some 60 roles: Ryan Barry, Michele Colletti, Ava Davis, Jonathan Davis, Kelly Davis, Doug Egge, Samantha Eyler, Darryl Harmon, Jim Huber, Dave LaPage, Rebecca Schledwitz, Tyler Smith, Audrey Waldrop and Chase Wolfe. Ashley Zimmerman is stage manager.

Suggested donation of $10 for unlimited streaming. More info is available at proudmarytheatre.com.

Audrey Zongrone Waldrop Takes on Multiple Roles in ‘Laramie Project’

Audrey Zongrone Waldrop

Proud Mary Theatre Company continues to push the boundaries of theatre during the Covid-19 crisis as we open our 4th season with the 20th anniversary production of The Laramie Project, the award-winning play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project.

This is a FULL PRODUCTION (not a ZOOM reading) and will be presented as a Virtual Multimedia Experience available for streaming Tuesday, October 6, 2020 on the 22nd anniversary of the attack of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming, and ends on October 12, the day Shepard died and became a martyr for establishing hate crime legislation in the gay rights movement.

Audrey Zongrone Waldrop is a Licensed Massage Therapist who has worked in pain management and physical rehabilitation since 2003. Originally from New York, she came to the upstate in 1998. She is a long time visual artist, mother and grandmother to 6 brilliant and hilarious people, and first time actor. I also am grateful to Ben for the shot, and am honored to be included in such a talented group! 

Directed by Ben Dawkins, The Laramie Project features a Who’s Who? cast of 14 amazing Upstate actors in some 60 roles: Ryan Barry, Michele Colletti, Ava Davis, Jonathan Davis, Kelly Davis, Doug Egge, Samantha Eyler, Darryl Harmon, Jim Huber, Dave LaPage, Rebecca Schledwitz, Tyler Smith, Audrey Waldrop and Chase Wolfe. Ashley Zimmerman is stage manager.

Suggested donation of $10 for unlimited streaming. More info is available at proudmarytheatre.com.

Upstate’s Chase Wolfe Tackles ‘Laramie Project’

Proud Mary Theatre Company continues to push the boundaries of theatre during the Covid-19 crisis as we open our 4th season with the 20th anniversary production of The Laramie Project, the award-winning play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project.

This is a FULL PRODUCTION (not a ZOOM reading) and will be presented as a Virtual Multimedia Experience available for streaming Tuesday, October 6, 2020 on the 22nd anniversary of the attack of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming, and ends on October 12, the day Shepard died and became a martyr for establishing hate crime legislation in the gay rights movement.

After a 3 year stint of traveling and performing out of town, Chase is back and couldn’t be more excited about this show and the unique/new way of presenting a story that matters. A local boy, Chase is a graduate of Wofford College with degrees in both Chemistry and Chinese. He has spent much of the last 2 years performing on ships and recently finished a run of Footloose the Musical on the Norwegian Joy. Best known in the Upstate for his portrayal of Bert in Mary Poppins (SLT) and The Beast in Beauty and the Beast (SCCT), he is excited to be making his Proud Mary Theatre debut and could not be happier to be a part of this cast and creative team.

Directed by Ben Dawkins, The Laramie Project features a Who’s Who? cast of 14 amazing Upstate actors in some 60 roles: Ryan Barry, Michele Colletti, Ava Davis, Jonathan Davis, Kelly Davis, Doug Egge, Samantha Eyler, Darryl Harmon, Jim Huber, Dave LaPage, Rebecca Schledwitz, Tyler Smith, Audrey Waldrop and Chase Wolfe. Ashley Zimmerman is stage manager.

Suggested donation of $10 for unlimited streaming. More info is available at proudmarytheatre.com.

Ben Dawkins Makes Directorial Debut in ‘Laramie Project’

Ben Dawkins

Proud Mary Theatre Company continues to push the boundaries of virtual theatre as we open our 4th season with the 20th anniversary production of The Laramie Project, the award-winning play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project.

This is a FULL PRODUCTION (not a ZOOM reading) and will be presented as a Virtual Multimedia Experience available for streaming Tuesday, October 6, 2020 on the 22nd anniversary of the attack of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming, and ends on October 12, the day Shepard died and became a martyr for hate crime legislation and the gay rights movement in the United States.

BEN DAWKINS (Director), singer/actor/director living in Spartanburg, is making his Upstate directorial debut!  He graduated in 2014 with his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in voice performance from the University of Georgia.  Since moving to Spartanburg, he has performed with the Spartanburg Little Theatre, Proud Mary Theatre, Gaffney Little Theatre, Limestone College Theatre, Centre Stage.  As a director, he has worked with the Heritage High Patriot Players, Sandersville Community Theatre, Athena Grand Opera, and the UGA Opera Theatre.  Directing highlights include:  Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Our Town, Trouble in Tahiti, and The Old Maid and the Thief.  Local performance highlights include: BOY (Peter and the Starcatcher (Alf), Guys and Dolls (Nathan Detroit), Spamalot (Historian, Minstrel, Not-dead-Fred, French Taunter, and Prince Herbert), and Avenue Q (Nickie/Trekki Monster).  Regional highlights include leading roles in My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, and several roles as a repertory artist for the International Festival of the Aegean in Ermoupolis, Greece.  Special thanks to his wife Blair for her constant support and to Proud Mary for the opportunity to help tell this important and timely story!

The Laramie Project features a Who’s Who? cast of 14 amazing Upstate actors in some 60 roles: Ryan Barry, Michele Colletti, Ava Davis, Jonathan Davis, Kelly Davis, Doug Egge, Samantha Eyler, Darryl Harmon, Jim Huber, Dave LaPage, Rebecca Schledwitz, Tyler Smith, Audrey Waldrop and Chase Wolfe. Ashley Zimmerman is stage manager.

Suggested donation of $10 for unlimited streaming. More info is available at proudmarytheatre.com.

Doug Egge Portrays Playwright in ‘Laramie Project’

Doug Egge

Proud Mary Theatre Company continues to push the boundaries of virtual theatre as we open our 4th season with the 20th anniversary production of The Laramie Project, the award-winning play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project.

This is a FULL PRODUCTION (not a ZOOM reading) and will be presented as a Virtual Multimedia Experience available for streaming Tuesday, October 6, 2020 on the 22nd anniversary of the attack of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming, and ends on October 12, the day Shepard died and became a martyr for hate crime legislation and the gay rights movement in the United States.

Doug Egge is honored to be able to perform in The Laramie Project, his second show with Proud Mary Theatre Company. As we approach the 20th anniversary of these events, it is very telling that they are still an issue we deal with. His previous PMTC show was Southern Baptist Sissies (Preacher). His other roles include Captain Slank (and company) in Peter and the Starcatcher and Harry the Horse in Guys and Dolls at Spartanburg Little Theatre, and Ram’s Dad (and others) in Heathers at Converse College. Other roles at SLT were Sir Bedevere in Spamalot , Monsieur D’Arque in Beauty and the Beast, Mr. Northbrook in Mary Poppins, Max in Dial M for Murder and Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire. Doug wants to thank his understanding wife, Shana for allowing him to “live in a play” a few times each year.

Directed by Ben Dawkins, The Laramie Project features a Who’s Who? cast of 14 amazing Upstate actors in some 60 roles: Ryan Barry, Michele Colletti, Ava Davis, Jonathan Davis, Kelly Davis, Doug Egge, Samantha Eyler, Darryl Harmon, Jim Huber, Dave LaPage, Rebecca Schledwitz, Tyler Smith, Audrey Waldrop and Chase Wolfe. Ashley Zimmerman is stage manager.

Suggested donation of $10 for unlimited streaming. More info is available at proudmarytheatre.com.

Michele Colletti Co-Stars in ‘The Laramie Project’ Vigil

Michele Colletti

Proud Mary Theatre Company continues to push the boundaries of virtual theatre as we open our 4th season with the 20th anniversary production of The Laramie Project, the award-winning play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project.

This is a FULL PRODUCTION (not a ZOOM reading) and will be presented as a Virtual Multimedia Experience available for streaming Tuesday, October 6, 2020 on the 22nd anniversary of the attack of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming, and ends on October 12, the day Shepard died and became a martyr for hate crime legislation and the gay rights movement in the United States.

Since relocating to the Upstate in 2016, Michele Colletti has been seen in Centre Stage productions of Mamma Mia, Good People and Sister Act, among others, she has performed in The Asheville Christmas Show and most recently found a niche’ in directing and producing virtual plays for Centre Stage, Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, Attic Salt Theatre, and most recently Proud Mary’s Production of The Pussy Grabber Plays. She is so honored to be part of The Laramie Project. By day Michele is an Adjunct Instructor at Greenville Technical College. 

Directed by Ben Dawkins, The Laramie Project features a Who’s Who? cast of 14 amazing Upstate actors in some 60 roles: Ryan Barry, Michele Colletti, Ava Davis, Jonathan Davis, Kelly Davis, Doug Egge, Samantha Eyler, Darryl Harmon, Jim Huber, Dave LaPage, Rebecca Schledwitz, Tyler Smith, Audrey Waldrop and Chase Wolfe. Ashley Zimmerman is stage manager.

Suggested donation of $10 for unlimited streaming. More info is available at proudmarytheatre.com.

Ryan Barry Featured in ‘The Laramie Project’

Ryan Barry

Proud Mary Theatre Company continues to push the boundaries of virtual theatre as we open our 4th season with the 20th anniversary production of The Laramie Project, the award-winning play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project.

This is a FULL PRODUCTION (not a ZOOM reading) and will be presented as a Virtual Multimedia Experience available for streaming Tuesday, October 6, 2020 on the 22nd anniversary of the attack of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming, and ends on October 12, the day Shepard died and became a martyr for hate crime legislation and the gay rights movement in the United States.

Ryan Barry (Jedadiah Schultz / Father Roger Schmit / Jeffrey Lockwood / Newsperson #4 / Priest / Juror #4). Ryan is honored to be part of this production! Ryan made his debut with the Proud Mary Theatre with the virtual online production of Blue Camp. He was in Tryon Little Theatre’s production of Bright Star as Max and played over a dozen roles in The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time. Last summer he performed with The Upstate Shakespeare Festival’s production of The Tempest as Stephano in Greenville’s Falls Park. You may have also seen Ryan in Spartanburg Little Theatre’s production of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None as Doctor Armstrong. He has also appeared in Spartanburg Little Theatre’s production of Peter and the Starcatcher as Mrs. Bumbrake/Teacher, Disney’s The Little Mermaid as Scuttle. He is a USC Upstate graduate with a degree in theatre. He would like to thank Ben Dawkins, his family and all his friends for their wonderful support.

Directed by Ben Dawkins, The Laramie Project features a Who’s Who? cast of 14 amazing Upstate actors in some 60 roles: Ryan Barry, Michele Colletti, Ava Davis, Jonathan Davis, Kelly Davis, Doug Egge, Samantha Eyler, Darryl Harmon, Jim Huber, Dave LaPage, Rebecca Schledwitz, Tyler Smith, Audrey Waldrop and Chase Wolfe. Ashley Zimmerman is stage manager.

Suggested donation of $10 for unlimited streaming. More info is available at proudmarytheatre.com.

Tyler Smith of ‘Boy’ Travels to ‘Laramie’, Wyoming

Tyler Smith

Proud Mary Theatre Company continues to push the boundaries of virtual theatre as we open our 4th season with the 20th anniversary production of The Laramie Project, the award-winning play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project.

This is a FULL PRODUCTION (not a ZOOM reading) and will be presented as a Virtual Multimedia Experience available for streaming Tuesday, October 6, 2020 on the 22nd anniversary of the attack of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming, and ends on October 12, the day Shepard died and became a martyr for hate crime legislation and the gay rights movement in the United States.

TYLER SMITH (Aaron Kreifels, Matt Mickelson, Russell Henderson, Governor Geringer, Bailiff) is a Greenville actor who was last seen in Proud Mary Theatre Company’s production of BOY, as Doug Turner. You may also recognize him from The Younts Center for Performing Arts’ production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, as Frederic/ensemble. Tyler graduated from Greenville Technical College with an Associate in Arts, with an emphasis in Graphic Design. He currently works as a Title Service Specialist at Holliday Ingram (Real Estate Law), in downtown Greenville. Tyler would like to thank his friends and family for their loving support.

Directed by Ben Dawkins, The Laramie Project features a Who’s Who? cast of 14 amazing Upstate actors in some 60 roles: Ryan Barry, Michele Colletti, Ava Davis, Jonathan Davis, Kelly Davis, Doug Egge, Samantha Eyler, Darryl Harmon, Jim Huber, Dave LaPage, Rebecca Schledwitz, Tyler Smith, Audrey Waldrop and Chase Wolfe. Ashley Zimmerman is stage manager.

Suggested donation of $10 for unlimited streaming. More info is available at proudmarytheatre.com.