Interview: ‘Pink Unicorn’ Director Anne Tromsness

Anne Tromsness

Proud Mary Theatre Company Presents our all new one-woman show THE PINK UNICORN (At Home Edition) streaming all weekend Nov. 20-22 at proudmarytheatre.com.

In this heart-changing play by Elise Forier Edie that was recently produced Off-Broadway with Tony-winner Alice Ripley (Next to Normal), Trisha Lee’s life and faith as a Christian widow in a conservative Southern town is suddenly upended when her 14-year-old daughter Jolene becomes “Jo” and starts a Gay-Straight Alliance chapter at their high school leading to national headlines.

Upstate actor Kelly Davis stars and Anne Tromsness directs.

THE PINK UNICORN STREAMING SHOW DATES:

Streaming begins Friday, Nov. 20 @ 8 am and ends Sunday, Nov. 22 @ midnight. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit  proudmarytheatre.com.

Interview with Anne Tromsness

Anne Tromsness is a veteran theatre artist, actor, director and educator living in Greenville, South Carolina. Her directing credits include Together We Are Making a Poem in Honor of Life (The Salvage Company, NYC at Piccolo Spoleto), Much Ado About Nothing (The Warehouse Theatre – WHT), Luna Gale (Centre Stage), Boeing Boeing (WHT), Othello (regional tour with WHT, co-directed with Maegan Azar), Eurydice (WHT), Breadcrumbs (North Greenville University), A Tale of Two Cities (The Distracted Globe Theatre Company), and Stones in His Pockets (WHT). Anne is a member of Actors’ Equity Association – some of her recent acting credits include: Ann Putnam in The Crucible at The Warehouse Theatre, Hannah/Ethel and others in Angels in America Parts One and Two (Warehouse Theatre), multiple roles in Important Hats of the Twentieth Century (WHT), Corryn in Gidion’s Knot (Centre Stage), and Barbara in August Osage County (WHT). Anne is currently a member of the Theatre Performance faculty and the instructor for the ARMES Drama Program at The Fine Arts Center of Greenville County Schools. She is a founding co-artistic director of The Distracted Globe Theatre Company. A passionate, longtime ally and advocate for LGBTQI rights, in 2014 Anne was awarded the SC Equality Community Champions Award for the Upstate. She serves on the board of directors for the SC Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Why was I drawn to The Pink Unicorn? I have been a Proud Mary fan since its founding, and have hoped for the opportunity to work with the company. When Sandy approached me about Pink Unicorn, he included a short video clip from the original production. I watched it, and burst into tears – that fierce and unconditional mama love and support, those Southern voices standing up for equality in their conservative community – this is a play that I think will resonate in our community, prompt conversation, and perhaps remind us that no matter how futile things may seem, love contains boundless power, and that our children, if we listen to them, accept them, and love them, can elevate our understanding of the world beyond our own imaginings and create the capacity for change.

What can you tell our readers about Trisha Lee?
She’s a strong woman. Stronger than she knows, I think. She’s a mother, a woman of faith, a widow. I think she anticipated a very different life for herself, but she discovers her inner strength, fights against her own prejudices and some outdated beliefs, and her child and some other loving people help her discover the power that love holds, and the courage and humility it takes to embrace this love and those we love and those we may not understand. And to take action. To not only love, but to stand up publicly in that love. 

And we don’t just meet Trisha in this piece – she introduces us to a whole cast of characters from her community. Indelible characters who are sometimes funny, sometimes hurtful. We learn a lot about Trisha’s experience, and her child Jo’s through these characters as well – all portrayed by a single actor. 

For what audience is The Pink Unicorn intended?
Everyone. We are at a heartbreaking and potentially illuminating place in our culture. We are divided and polarized in a way that has come into focus and has broken out in violence, vitriol, and chaos in so many sectors of our lives and in our country. Trisha, in The Pink Unicorn, invites us, in a very immediate and human way, into this battle in her own life, and helps us journey through her own – and by extension our own – search for peace, and reconciliation, and love. 

As a mom of a child who identifies as non-binary and pansexual myself, I hope that parents and kids who find themselves in similar situations come and open their hearts to this play.  

But there is something for everyone who has found themselves at a crossroads of belief, and ideology and our own relationships. And folks who may feel like there is no hope right now – this play is also an invitation to hope, through love and action.  And there is so much humor in this piece. So I hope audiences will laugh and maybe cry a little with Trisha, and leave with something to think about. 

What has been your deepest “discovery” about The Pink Unicorn?
What has been your deepest “discovery” about The Pink Unicorn? Oh so much! I have found a new depth of respect for the courage it takes for folks in the LGBTQIA community to embrace their truth, and to be who they are in a society that often runs far behind in inclusion. My own child, Mae, has already shown tremendous courage and wisdom beyond their years in standing tall in their identity. I have had to examine my own beliefs, and to interrogate those moments of crisis when we all can either stand up for someone we love, or a group of people who are fighting for inclusion and love, or lean back into our own misconceptions or fears. Mae hasn’t been at our rehearsals, but I have felt their presence throughout this process – and it has sparked new discussions and understanding in our family, as well. 

What is the takeaway from The Pink Unicorn?
That we have to examine our hearts and our beliefs, not against a faceless standard, but in the faces of those who surround us, and in those who may be marginalized in our communities, our churches, our schools, our culture, even our homes. We can’t stand comfortably in privilege and judgment of others or ourselves. This courage comes at a cost sometimes, but ultimately, as Trisha asks, we have to ask ourselves “what kind of America do we want to live in?” We need to look beyond our perceived differences, and find where we are broken, and search out the places where we can bridge and heal those schisms. 

What has been the most challenging aspect of this play?
Trisha’s journey volleys back and forth between the urge to love and to stand tall, and giving in to her own fears and prejudices. It’s been a challenge and a joy to embrace Trisha as an imperfect, honest, and sometimes very flawed voice for inclusion and change. 

What has been the best part of directing this play?
Working with Kelly and Alyssia and Sandy and Jayce. We have a wonderful team, invested in this story and its message. Kelly Davis is a brave and bold actor, who brings a depth of thought, a strong work ethic, a great sense of humor and comedy, and a fearless curiosity to every rehearsal. She digs deep. The collaboration has been just lovely. I feel fortunate to be working with Proud Mary Theatre Company, on this play, at this time. 

Interview with The Pink Unicorn’s Kelly Davis

Kelly Davis

Proud Mary Theatre Company Presents our all new one-woman show THE PINK UNICORN (At Home Edition) streaming all weekend Nov. 20-22 at proudmarytheatre.com.

In this heart-changing play by Elise Forier Edie that was recently produced Off-Broadway with Tony-winner Alice Ripley (Next to Normal), Trisha Lee’s life and faith as a Christian widow in a conservative Southern town is suddenly upended when her 14-year-old daughter Jolene becomes “Jo” and starts a Gay-Straight Alliance chapter at their high school leading to national headlines.

Upstate actor Kelly Davis stars and Anne Tromsness directs.

THE PINK UNICORN STREAMING SHOW DATES:

Streaming begins Friday, Nov. 20 @ 8 am and ends Sunday, Nov. 22 @ midnight. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit  proudmarytheatre.com.

Interview with Kelly Davis

Kelly Davis is proud to be returning to Proud Mary after playing Trisha Lee in February 2020 and Helen Bechdel in Fun Home.  SC Credits also include MTP: Pump Boys & Dinettes, Smoky Mountain Christmas, A Broadway Cabaret, Centre Stage: Red Herring, Upstate Shakespeare Festival: Measure for Measure, and former Alto II with the Greenville Chorale.  Originally from New York, Kelly has worked with companies such as Theatre for the New City, NYC Fringe Festival,  Astoria Performing Arts Center, Rising Sun Theatre Company, Emerging Artists Theatre (to name a few!) and can be seen in skits on College Humor and Funny or Die.  Kelly studied improv at UCB, Shakespeare at BADA, and holds a BFA in Acting with a minor in Musical Theatre. Kelly currently serves as a teaching artist in Greenville Schools through both the Warehouse Theatre and SmartARTS, and teaches musical theatre at Upstate Carolina Dance Center.  Kelly and her husband work together as owners of Palmetto State Solar!

What can you tell our readers about Trisha Lee?
Trisha Lee is a middle-aged widow in Texas who’s 14-year-old daughter comes out as gender queer.  Through quirky, genuine experiences, she struggles with the reactions from her church, her town and her own mother and ultimately decides that loving her child just the way they are is the only way to proceed.

How has the show different since the live version in February 2020?
The story, message and characters are the same, but the blocking and physicality has been changed to a format more suited to the camera. This is a more intimate performance. We meet Tricia at home in her space with no filter. Rather than a presentational theatre piece, this is meant to read as a VLOG or live Zoom conversation. 

What can parents in this situation learn from Trisha Lee?
In the end, the message is love. While Tricia is not perfect, she is on a journey to accept her new normal as the parent of a non binary child . As she deconstructs her faith, she zeros in on Christ’s true message of love and acceptance, and comes to understand that the key to moving forward is loving and communicating with her child. Tricia also realizes mistakes she has made in the past, and strives to make amends with her brother. We see Tricia’s world view expand before us, and that view is truly beautiful. 

What is the backstory on the Pink Bible?

My husband and I moved here in 2016.  I wanted to brush up for the purposes of arguing with ignorant people.  Then I read Jim Dant’s book, This I Know – and realized he had done it for me.

What have you learned about your character since you first began rehearsals?

Trisha’s journey begins before the story of the play starts.   I think that she grew up and stayed in this small town and married her high school sweetheart.  He dies three years before the play starts, and I have thought a lot about what that must have been like: having a police officer (my old classmate) knock on my door in the middle of the night to tell me the news, attending his funeral with my 11 year old daughter, figuring out how I am going to get on with my life and taking a job as a cleaning lady at the hospital to make ends meet.  

What has been your deepest “discovery” about The Pink Unicorn?

I think that everyone in this country wants the same thing: freedom.  However, people’s definitions of freedom vary greatly.  The United States was founded on religious freedom, and yet people all over the US are trying to impose their religion on others.  If you can’t do something because of your religion, I absolutely respect that, but when you try to tell others that they can’t do something because of your religion, you are imposing on their civil rights.  

You spent a couple of days with the playwright of The Pink Unicorn and saw her perform the show in Florence at the South Carolina Theatre Association Conference. Cold you tell your readers about this golden experience?

Being able to spend some time with Elise Forier Edie was a real treat.  I got some candid advice on how to memorize my lines, as well as some insights on where the characters and experiences in the play come from.  Elise’s performance was stellar and prompted some very valuable conversations.  I realized I had some big shoes to fill and needed to get to work!

How did the audience respond to The Pink Unicorn?

At South Carolina Theatre Association Conference, the response was overwhelmingly positive and emotional.  Students shared their struggles with coming out to their parents, faculty shared some of their stories as well.  There was a lot of love in that room.

What will the audience learn from The Pink Unicorn?

Love love love.  Do unto others. Love is the light that will lead us all out of the darkness.

What has been the most challenging aspect of this role?

In addition to learning all of my lines, I take on the physicality and voices of 8 characters. Luckily, my director (Anne) and stage manager (Al) are rockstars and I have felt incredibly supported throughout this process.  

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.

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.

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.

Jonathan Davis Tackles Multiple Roles in ‘Laramie’

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.

Jonathan Davis is appearing in his fourth 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.

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.

Atlanta’s Ava Davis Thrives in ‘The Laramie Project’

Ava Davis

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.

Ava Davis, also known as the Duchess of Grant Park, is an actor, producer & writer, working and living in Atlanta. She recently appeared in Proud Mary Theatre’s production of It’s A Generational Thing by Robert Fuson.

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. 

She 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 Davis 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. 

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.

Laura Bunn Plays Megyn Kelly in ‘Jessica’

Laura Bunn

In an unprecedented stand for the #MeToo movement, Proud Mary Theatre Company is partnering with 25 of our Upstate sisters (and 5 male and non-binary gender allies) for the South Carolina premiere of The Pussy Grabber Plays – Stories Inspired by the Women Who Came Forward –  streaming now through August 30 on our Vimeo Virtual PlayHouse. FREE, $5 suggested donation to Planned Parenthood can be made at proudmarytheatre.com.

Some of the Upstate’s leading women directors and actors have volunteered their talent and time for this powerful, subversive and important stories.

Based on the bravery of Jessica Leeds and written by Bess Wohl, Jessica stars Annette Garver in the title role and Upstate thespian Laura Bunn as Megyn Kelly. Sandy Staggs directs.

Laura Bunn has been performing in theater for almost 15 years. She was recently seen in Proud Mary Theatre’s musical revue BecomingHunchback of Notre Dame (Younts Center) Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet (Guerrilla Shakespeare Theatre Company.) She enjoys musical theater, cosplaying and art of all kinds. This is Laura’s third Virtual Play with Proud Mary Theatre Company.

Directors include Jenna Tamisiea Elser of Glow Lyric Theatre, Michele Colletti, Caroline Davis, Brook A. Nelson, Osiris Cuen, Robert Fuson and Sandy Staggs, and Christian Elser and Chase McAbee as mu

Actors include Tiffany Nave, Annette Garver. MJ Maurer, Liby Riggins, Anne Robards, Celia Blitzer, Lauren Paige Wilson, Clare Ruble, Lena Bledsoe, Frances Dell Bendert, Laura Bun, Krystal Pope, Osiris Cuen, Lauren McKay, Katy Wilson, Sierra Lancaster, Crystal Marie Stewart, Erica Dilworth, Anissa Garcia, with and Alex Lin as narrator and Anna Bowman as assistant director on Five Beauty Queens Walk Into a Bar.

The Pussy Grabber Plays is a series of eight short plays (two are musicals) created by some of the most highly acclaimed women writing for theater today. Based on interviews with seven of the women who have spoken out, 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.

All proceeds from The Pussy Grabber Plays benefit Planned Parenthood.
The Pussy Grabber Plays streams through Sunday, August 30 @ Midnight at Proud Mary Theatre‘s 
VIMEO VIRTUAL PLAYHOUSE
FREE. $5 Suggested Donation at proudmarytheatre.com.