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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.

Tiffany Nave Plays Trump Accuser Rachel Crooks

Tiffany Nave

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 at our Vimeo Virtual PlayHouse. FREE, $5 suggested donations 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 these powerful, potent and important stories.

Rachels, based on the bravery of Rachel Crooks and written by Halley Feiffer, is one of eight plays in this collection and is directed by Michele Colletti. Rachels stars Tiffany Nave, Clare Ruble, and Lena Bledsoe as Rachel at three different ages and John Leggett as Loving Boyfriend, the only male role in the plays.

Tiffany Nave is one of the Upstate’s most in-demand actors and performers. Recent credits include Treehouse (Centre Stage) and Beehive: The Musical at Mill Town Players.

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.

MJ Maurer Stars in ‘Sat Nam’ in #MeToo Play Collection

MJ MAURER

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 at our Vimeo Virtual PlayHouse. FREE, $5 suggested donations 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.

MJ came home to Greenville 3 years ago after retiring from a social work career with SC thrive and South Carolina Department of Social Services. She is the proud mother of four children and five grandchildren. She’s thrilled to be part of the new virtual experiments with theater in this trying time of Covid. Thanks to Sandy for this new opportunity. Some of favorite past roles include Betty in The Foreigner with Milltown players, Jack’s mother in Into the Woods with Market Theater, Leila in Second Chance at Centre Stage and Tamora in Titus Andronicus with Upstate Shakespeare Festival. She is eternally grateful for her husband’s support and encouragement. He’s a gem! Stay safe and healthy.

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.

Frances Dell Bendert Stars in ‘Troublemaker’

Frances Dell Bendert

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.

Troublemaker, based on the bravery of Jill Harth and written by Sharyn Rothstein, is one of eight plays in this collection and is directed by Brook A. Nelson, founding Board member of Proud Mary Theatre Company and co-stars Frances Dell Bendert.

Frances Dell Bendert ( Louanne: TROUBLEMAKER ) is a Film/TV/Theatre actor based out of Charlotte, NC and is motivated to tell stories to promote and make change in social justice . A most recent live performance circa COVID- The Weapons of Whiteness (Epoch Tribe). Favorite
theatre credits include Detroit (Greenville, SC), Down Along the Cove (Heartwood Theatre,Maine), The Roommate , Sordid Lives , A Woman of No Importance , The Other Place, August:Osage Co ., Proof , (Charlotte, NC). Recent Film/TV include the feature, Her Secret Past
Movies, streaming on Amazon- Dark Waters:Murder in the Deep, and award winning films Voice of Grace , KRAP, and Silencer.

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.

Annette Garver, 86, Adds Another Role to her 75 Year Stage Resume – Trump Accuser Jessica Leeds

Annette Garver

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.

Annette Garver was infected with the theatre virus at the age of 10, when in the 6th grade she was asked to play the role of a 7-year-old in the school play because she was small for her age and could pass for 7.  Her passion continued through plays at Jefferson Park Field House in Chicago, and high school & junior college in MD, and Foundry Methodist Church in DC.  Then she went to New York to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Being young and foolish, she married upon her return from New York, and was virtually absent from theatre for many years, except for 4 or 5 plays at GLT, until she was a widow and retired, and began acting at Centre Stage, Warehouse Theatre, Clemson Little Theatre, Electric City Playhouse, Oconee Community Theatre, Actors Theatre of Orcas Island, and a couple of others.  Favorite roles were Dorothy in “Inspecting Carol” (WT, CLT) and the title character in “My Old Lady” (ATOI).  She also directed for several productions for St. Peter’s Players, and two favorites at CLT: “On Golden Pond” and “Diary of Anne Frank.”She had been a rehearsal assistant, actor, stage manager, props manager, sound and light board operator, director. volunteer (usher and other tasks), and enthusiastice audience member at several theatres.    It’s a delight to be able to participate at a favorite theatre company, Proud Mary.  Many, many thanks to Sandy for asking!

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.

Libby Riggins, Lauren Paige Wilson Star in ‘Miss USA’ Musical

Libby Riggins and Lauren Paige Wilson star in MISS USA.

Proud Mary Theatre Company is supporting our sisters in the #MeToo movement with the South Carolina premiere of The Pussy Grabber Plays – Stories Inspired by the (19) Women Who Came Forward)  premiering August 27, just prior to Donald Trump’s fourth acceptance speech at the GOP convention at our Vimeo Virtual Playhouse.

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.

Miss USA, based on the bravery of Sam Holvey and written  by  Sharon  Kenny  and  Sharyn  Rothstein, is one of eight plays in this collection and is directed by Jenna Tamisiea Elser, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Glow Lyric Theatre. Libby Riggins and Lauren Paige Wilson star in this one-song musical.

Libby is so excited to be performing with Proud Mary, for the third time after The Little Pony and C’est la Vie. 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. 

Lauren grew up doing theatre in Greenville. After earning a degree in Theatre Performance from College of Charleston and traveling the country with Missoula Children’s Theatre, she decided to land back in Greenville. Since then, she has done shows at Greenville Theatre, Centre Stage, Warehouse Theatre, South Carolina Children’s Theatre, and Cafe and then Some. Currently, she is a teaching artist at South Carolina Children’s Theatre. Lauren has  starred numerous short and feature films. Her work in Cracks, a horror feature film, earned her the Best Actress award from Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest. She’s also a voice actor, lending her voice to animated characters and commercials. Her greatest joy is her rescue dog, Fozzie. Huge thanks to Ben for his patience, love, and encouragement.

The Pussy Grabber Plays will stream all weekend Thursday, August 27 @ 8 pm – Sunday, August 30 @ midnight. $5 Suggested Donation. Make a donation now of any amount here on our website.

Clare Ruble Stars in ‘Rachels’

Clare Ruble

Proud Mary Theatre Company is supporting our sisters in the #MeToo movement with our virtual production and South Carolina premiere of The Pussy Grabber Plays (Stories Inspired by the Women Who Came Forward), a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood of South Carolina streaming beginning August 27 on the final evening of the GOP convention.

Rachels, based on the bravery of Rachel Crooks and written by Halley Feiffer, is one of eight plays in this collection and is directed by Michele Colletti. Rachels stars Tiffany Nave, Clare Ruble, and Lena Bledsoe as Rachel at three different ages and John Leggett as Loving Boyfriend, the only male role in the plays.

A middle child who calls Michigan home, but has spent most of her life in Greenville, SC, Clare owes her career to her 8th grade soccer coach who told her she was a bad soccer player and should focus on theatre. Clare graduated from Furman University in 2017 with a BA in Theatre Arts. Since graduation at Furman, Clare has performed in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (Lydia/Lady Catherine), THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Columbia) and SPRING AWAKENING (Thea) at The Warehouse Theatre and in SHABOOM SHABOOM (Vocalist) and MAMMA MIA (Lisa) at Centre Stage. Clare serves as the Director of Corporate Development and Events at The Warehouse Theatre. 

Before the 2016 election, 19 brave women came forward to speak out about their encounters with Donald Trump. Their courage inspired the Women’s March and the #metoo movement, but their stories have been too easily dismissed, forgotten and reduced to a statistic.

The Pussy Grabber Plays is a series of short plays 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: telling the untold stories about women who have risked everything to speak truth to power.

The Pussy Grabber Plays will stream all weekend Thursday, August 27 @ 8 pm – Sunday, August 30 @ midnight. $5 Suggested Donation. Make a donation now of any amount here on our website.

Celia Blitzer stars in One-Woman Musical ‘The Interview’

Celia Blitzer

Proud Mary Theatre Company is supporting our sisters in the #MeToo movement with our virtual production and South Carolina premiere of The Pussy Grabber Plays (Stories Inspired by the Women Who Came Forward), a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood of South Carolina streaming beginning August 27 on the final evening of the GOP convention.

The Interview is one of eight plays and is based on the bravery of Natasha Stoynoff. The Interview is directed by Jenna Elser with Lyrics and Book by Natasha Stoynoff and Music and Additional Lyrics by Melissa Li.

Celia Blitzer (Natasha) is making her Proud Mary Theatre debut (virtually)! She has been performing in the Upstate since moving here in 2013. Credits: CS – Holly Jolly Christmas, ShaboomGhostSister ActJekyll and Hyde (Nellie), Addams Family (Grandma), Shout! (Orange), and The Producers (Shirley Markowitz); GT – Little Women (Aunt March) and Legally Blonde (Paulette); SLT – Hands on a Hardbody (Norma), Xanadu (Melpomene) and Rocky Horror (Columbia); GLOW – Whorehouse (RubyRae); MTP – Beehive (Peggy); YP – Nunsense(Amnesia). Originally from Baltimore, MD other favorites include: Hairspray (Tracy, Helen Hayes Nomination), Nunsense (RobertAnn), Children of Eden (Yonah), and Company (Marta). Thank you to Jenna and Sandy for the opportunity to tell Natasha’s story. #BidenHarris2020

Before the 2016 election, 19 brave women came forward to speak out about their encounters with Donald Trump. Their courage inspired the Women’s March and the #metoo movement, but their stories have been too easily dismissed, forgotten and reduced to a statistic.

The Pussy Grabber Plays is a series of short plays 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: telling the untold stories about women who have risked everything to speak truth to power.

The Pussy Grabber Plays will stream all weekend Thursday, August 27 @ 8 pm – Sunday, August 30 @ midnight. $5 Suggested Donation. Make a donation now of any amount here on our website.