Meet Bitsy Mae Harling of ‘Sordid Lives’: Leslie Hendon

Olivia Newton-John and Leslie Hendon as Bitsy Mae Harling

Proud Mary Theatre Company’s Sordid Lives, the Southern cult comedy play by Del Shores, will now be virtual and streaming August 14-16.

Leslie H. Hendon plays Bitsy Mae Harling, an ex-con country singer with a “reputation.” Leslie has been involved with theatre in the Upstate for over 15 years. Favorite roles include Margo, Legally Blonde: The Musical with The Spartanburg Little Theatre; The Chaperone, Drowsy Chaperone with Limestone College; and Sally Bowles, Cabaret with SLT. Leslie is absolutely thrilled to be involved with this talented cast and is excited to join her first production with Proud Mary. Many thanks to her two favorites, Trey and Ellie, for their love and support.

In this beloved play, a colorful family from a small Texas town must come to grips with the accidental death of the elderly family matriarch during a clandestine meeting in a seedy motel room with her much younger, married neighbor. The woman’s family must deal with their own demons while preparing for what could be an embarrassing funeral.

Artistic Director Sandy Staggs will direct Sordid Lives and the production will include musical performances by Bitsy Mae Harling (Leslie Hendon) and Brother Boy (Scott Waddell) and a whole lotta shenanigans.

Co-starring Lori Guthrie, Jada Lashay Bell, Lori Lee, Samona McMillan, Caitlyn Keefer, Joel Perkin, J.R. Bloomer, Jenn Alynn-Perri, Ken Snart. Brock Davis, and Sun Schwalm.

Meet Brother Boy of ‘Sordid Lives’: Scott Waddell

Proud Mary Theatre Company’s Sordid Lives, the Southern cult comedy play by Del Shores, will now be virtual and streaming August 14-16.

SCOTT WADDELL (Brother Boy) is thrilled to be in his 1st production with Proud Mary.  No stranger to SLT, his favorite roles over 27 year include:  MemphisThe Civil WarPeter PanNoises Off, Not Now Darling and in one of his dream roles as Edna in Hairspray!  Scott serves on the Board of Directors of SLT and has also appeared in over 30 other shows throughout SC and GA.  He has directed Love, Sex & the IRS and Vania, Sonja, Masha and Spike for the Tryon Little Theater.  His favorite role is just being Uncle Cotty to nephews Will, Gavin and Liam.  Thanks to family and friends-especially Mom and Randy!

In this beloved play, a colorful family from a small Texas town must come to grips with the accidental death of the elderly family matriarch during a clandestine meeting in a seedy motel room with her much younger, married neighbor. The woman’s family must deal with their own demons while preparing for what could be an embarrassing funeral.

Artistic Director Sandy Staggs will direct Sordid Lives and the production will include musical performances by Bitsy Mae Harling (Leslie Hendon) and Brother Boy (Scott Waddell) and a whole lotta shenanigans.

Co-starring Lori Guthrie, Jada Lashay Bell, Lori Lee, Samona McMillan, Caitlyn Keefer, Joel Perkin, J.R. Bloomer, Jenn Alynn-Perri, Ken Snart. Brock Davis, and Sun Schwalm.

Meet Latrelle from ‘Sordid Lives’: Samona McMillan

Samona McMillan (left) and Bonnie Bedelia play Latelle in Sordid Lives.

Proud Mary Theatre Company’s Sordid Lives, the Southern cult comedy play by Del Shores, will now be virtual and streaming August 14-16.

Samona McMillan plays Latrelle – the mother and sister in denial – and is thrilled to be back in theatre after a 24 year hiatus.  Favorite roles have included Truvy in Steel Magnolias and Babe in Crimes of the Heart. Samona has also previously worked back stage as a director, stage manager, props manager, theatre intern – you name it! Samona also wants to give a big thank you to Sandy Staggs for the opportunity to join such a talented cast!

In this beloved play, a colorful family from a small Texas town must come to grips with the accidental death of the elderly family matriarch during a clandestine meeting in a seedy motel room with her much younger, married neighbor. The woman’s family must deal with their own demons while preparing for what could be an embarrassing funeral.

Streaming begins Friday, August 14 at 8 pm and ends at 8 pm on Sunday, August 16. Rated PG-13. Unlimited viewing all weekend for a donation of any amount on our website at proudmarytheatre.com. Pay What You Can and help Proud Mary Theatre continue our mission of providing quality LGBTQ+ theatrical programming. For more information, visit proudmarytheatre.com.

Artistic Director Sandy Staggs will direct Sordid Lives and the production will include musical performances by Bitsy Mae Harling (Leslie Hendon) and Brother Boy (Scott Waddell) and a whole lotta shenanigans.

Co-starring Lori Guthrie, Jada Lashay Bell, Lori Lee, Samona McMillan, Caitlyn Keefer, Joel Perkin, J.R. Bloomer, Jenn Alynn-Perri, Ken Snart. Brock Davis, and Sun Schwalm.

Meet Juanita from ‘Sordid Lives’: Caitlyn Keefer

Caitlyn Keefer (left) plays the bar fly Juanita Bartlett in Sordid Lives. Sarah Hunley (right) from the film.

Proud Mary Theatre Company’s Sordid Lives, the Southern cult comedy play by Del Shores, will now be virtual and streaming August 14-16.

Caitlyn Keefer plays the bar fly Juanita Bartlett in Sordid Lives. This is Caitlyn’s first play production since A Christmas Carol at Byrnes Fine Arts Center, where she played a party guest. However, she loves to act and create her own short films too. She’s taken acting classes with actress Jennifer Malone at Georgia’s Actor’s Academy and learned filmmaking at a 5 week course at the University of North Carolina School of Arts. She wishes to see more diversity with disabilities in film/TV and theatre; give actors with real disabilities a chance to be seen and heard, but not have the disability as the main focus of the character or film. She wants to break barriers and stereotypes about all disabled actors.

In this beloved play, a colorful family from a small Texas town must come to grips with the accidental death of the elderly family matriarch during a clandestine meeting in a seedy motel room with her much younger, married neighbor. The woman’s family must deal with their own demons while preparing for what could be an embarrassing funeral.

Streaming begins Friday, August 14 at 8 pm and ends at 8 pm on Sunday, August 16. Rated PG-13. Unlimited viewing all weekend for a donation of any amount on our website at proudmarytheatre.com. Pay What You Can and help Proud Mary Theatre continue our mission of providing quality LGBTQ+ theatrical programming. For more information, visit proudmarytheatre.com.

Artistic Director Sandy Staggs will direct Sordid Lives and the production will include musical performances by Bitsy Mae Harling (Leslie Hendon) and Brother Boy (Scott Waddell) and a whole lotta shenanigans.

Co-starring Lori Guthrie, Jada Lashay Bell, Lori Lee, Samona McMillan, Caitlyn Keefer, Joel Perkin, J.R. Bloomer, Jenn Alynn-Perri, Ken Snart. Brock Davis, and Sun Schwalm.

Meet Odell from ‘Sordid Lives’: Brock Davis

Brock Davis (right) plays Odell in Sordid Lives.

Proud Mary Theatre Company’s Sordid Lives, the Southern cult comedy play by Del Shores, will now be virtual and streaming August 14-16.

Brock Davis plays the nitwit Odell in Sordid Lives. In 2019 he played the butler Etiene and a Las Vegas dancer in Proud Mary Theatre’s Vampire Lesbians of Sodom. He played Brigadier General Herbert Y Edgeways and Karl Pascal in “It Can’t Happen Here”; Robert in “Betrayal”; Wally Womper, Davis, Ovington, Johnson in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” at USC Upstate.

In this beloved play, a colorful family from a small Texas town must come to grips with the accidental death of the elderly family matriarch during a clandestine meeting in a seedy motel room with her much younger, married neighbor. The woman’s family must deal with their own demons while preparing for what could be an embarrassing funeral.

Streaming begins Friday, August 14 at 8 pm and ends at 8 pm on Sunday, August 16. Rated PG-13. Unlimited viewing all weekend for a donation of any amount on our website at proudmarytheatre.com. Pay What You Can and help Proud Mary Theatre continue our mission of providing quality LGBTQ+ theatrical programming. For more information, visit proudmarytheatre.com.

Artistic Director Sandy Staggs will direct Sordid Lives and the production will include musical performances by Bitsy Mae Harling (Leslie Hendon) and Brother Boy (Scott Waddell) and a whole lotta shenanigans.

Co-starring Lori Guthrie, Jada Lashay Bell, Lori Lee, Samona McMillan, Caitlyn Keefer, Joel Perkin, J.R. Bloomer, Jenn Alynn-Perri, Ken Snart. Brock Davis, and Sun Schwalm.

Meet Wardell of ‘Sordid Lives’: Ken Snart

Ken Snart and Newell Alexander as Wardell in Sordid Lives.

Proud Mary Theatre Company’s Sordid Lives, the Southern cult comedy play by Del Shores, will now be virtual and streaming August 14-16.

Kenneth Snart plays the bartender Wardell. He recently relocated to North Carolina after retiring from the State of Wisconsin after 30 years. He will also be featured in Proud Mary Theatre Company’s productin of Sordid Lives in August (or date TBD). Ken has always enjoyed being involved in the theater and has had many wonderful experiences. In addition, he has been in many different music groups of many different genres including the Asheville Gay Men’s Chorus and Master Singers in Eau Claire, WI. Fvorite roles: “The Music Man” – Mayor Shinn; “Oklahoma” – Ali Hackim; “West Side Story” – Doc; “The Wizard of Oz” – Uncle Henry; “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” – Coggins; “Snow White” – The Huntsman; “A Little Night Music” – Member of the Quintet; “Godspell” – Jesus; “The Miracle Worker” – Captain Keller.

In this beloved play, a colorful family from a small Texas town must come to grips with the accidental death of the elderly family matriarch during a clandestine meeting in a seedy motel room with her much younger, married neighbor. The woman’s family must deal with their own demons while preparing for what could be an embarrassing funeral.

Streaming begins Friday, August 14 at 8 pm and ends at 8 pm on Sunday, August 16. Rated PG-13. Unlimited viewing all weekend for a donation of any amount on our website at proudmarytheatre.com. Pay What You Can and help Proud Mary Theatre continue our mission of providing quality LGBTQ+ theatrical programming. For more information, visit proudmarytheatre.com.

Artistic Director Sandy Staggs will direct Sordid Lives and the production will include musical performances by Bitsy Mae Harling (Leslie Hendon) and Brother Boy (Scott Waddell) and a whole lotta shenanigans.

Co-starring Lori Guthrie, Jada Lashay Bell, Lori Lee, Samona McMillan, Caitlyn Keefer, Joel Perkin, J.R. Bloomer, Jenn Alynn-Perri, Ken Snart. Brock Davis, and Sun Schwalm.

Meet G.W. from ‘Sordid Lives’: Joel Perkin

Beau Bridges and Joel Perkin as G.W. in Sordid Lives.

Proud Mary Theatre Company’s Sordid Lives, the Southern cult comedy play by Del Shores, will now be virtual and streaming August 14-16.

Joel Perkin plays the philandering husband with two wooden legs. Joel has been doing theater for 25 years, mostly acting in musicals and Shakespeare, and loves that he has a chance to help blaze a trail in virtual theater. Favorite roles include Jesus in Godspell, Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet, the Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Michael in Dancing at Lughnasa, and Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone. In March he performed as Daddy Cane in Bright Star at Tryon Little Theater. He’s also directed several shows, most recently Almost, Maine and The Humans at Tryon Little Theater. When not helping teachers increase student achievement, Joel runs lines with his cats in Landrum. He is excited to be a part of his fifth Zoom Reading with the Proud Mary Theatre after C’est la Vie, Blue Camp, The Vultures and White Picket Wives.

In this beloved play, a colorful family from a small Texas town must come to grips with the accidental death of the elderly family matriarch during a clandestine meeting in a seedy motel room with her much younger, married neighbor. The woman’s family must deal with their own demons while preparing for what could be an embarrassing funeral.

Streaming begins Friday, August 14 at 8 pm and ends at 8 pm on Sunday, August 16. Rated PG-13. Unlimited viewing all weekend for a donation of any amount on our website at proudmarytheatre.com. Pay What You Can and help Proud Mary Theatre continue our mission of providing quality LGBTQ+ theatrical programming. For more information, visit proudmarytheatre.com.

Artistic Director Sandy Staggs will direct Sordid Lives and the production will include musical performances by Bitsy Mae Harling (Leslie Hendon) and Brother Boy (Scott Waddell) and a whole lotta shenanigans.

Co-starring Lori Guthrie, Jada Lashay Bell, Lori Lee, Samona McMillan, Caitlyn Keefer, Joel Perkin, J.R. Bloomer, Jenn Alynn-Perri, Ken Snart. Brock Davis, and Sun Schwalm.

Meet Ty from ‘Sordid Lives’: J.R. Bloomer

Kirk Geiger and J.R. Bloomer as Ty in Sordid Lives.

Proud Mary Theatre Company’s Sordid Lives, the Southern cult comedy play by Del Shores, will now be virtual and streaming August 14-16.

J.R. Bloomer plays the handsome young actor Ty who is on his 27th shrink and afraid to come out to the world..and his mother.

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 C’est La Vie, Blue Camp and The Vultures.

In this beloved play, a colorful family from a small Texas town must come to grips with the accidental death of the elderly family matriarch during a clandestine meeting in a seedy motel room with her much younger, married neighbor. The woman’s family must deal with their own demons while preparing for what could be an embarrassing funeral.

Streaming begins Friday, August 14 at 8 pm and ends at 8 pm on Sunday, August 16. Rated PG-13. Unlimited viewing all weekend for a donation of any amount on our website at proudmarytheatre.com. Pay What You Can and help Proud Mary Theatre continue our mission of providing quality LGBTQ+ theatrical programming. For more information, visit proudmarytheatre.com.

Artistic Director Sandy Staggs will direct Sordid Lives and the production will include musical performances by Bitsy Mae Harling (Leslie Hendon) and Brother Boy (Scott Waddell) and a whole lotta shenanigans.

Co-starring Lori Guthrie, Jada Lashay Bell, Lori Lee, Samona McMillan, Caitlyn Keefer, Joel Perkin, J.R. Bloomer, Jenn Alynn-Perri, Ken Snart. Brock Davis, and Sun Schwalm.

Meet Dr. Eve from ‘Sordid Lives’: Jenn Alynn-Perri

Rosemary Alexander and Jenn Alynn-Perri as Dr. Eve Bolinger in Sordid Lives.

Proud Mary Theatre Company’s Sordid Lives, the Southern cult comedy play by Del Shores, will now be virtual and streaming August 14-16.

Jenn Alynn-Perri plays the psychiatrist Dr. Eve Bolinger. Her many credits include:

Non-singing stage credits include Henri (A Party to Murder, Centre Stage), Heather Clark (Gidion’s Knot, CS), Young Irena (Irena’s Vow, CS), and Antipholus of Ephesus (Comedy of Errors, Upstate Shakespeare Festival). Singing credits include Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor, Capitol City Opera), Emma Carew (Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical, CS), Agnes (Agnes of God, CS), and Valencienne (The Merry Widow, Spartanburg Repertory Opera). Jenn performed in the world premier of Stephen Young’s play The Night We Bombed Lincoln Towing as Lilly, and in the world premier of David Berry & Ronald Boudreaux’s multimedia opera Troiades as the high-flying coloratura Cassandra. From 2017 to 2020, Jenn portrayed SC Telco Federal Credit Union’s quirky banking-obsessed spokesperson, Moxie. Jenn also performs opera, operetta, jazz, and rock in concert. This is Jenn’s first role with Proud Mary Theatre Company.

In this beloved play, a colorful family from a small Texas town must come to grips with the accidental death of the elderly family matriarch during a clandestine meeting in a seedy motel room with her much younger, married neighbor. The woman’s family must deal with their own demons while preparing for what could be an embarrassing funeral.

Streaming begins Friday, August 14 at 8 pm and ends at 8 pm on Sunday, August 16. Rated PG-13. Unlimited viewing all weekend for a donation of any amount on our website at proudmarytheatre.com. Pay What You Can and help Proud Mary Theatre continue our mission of providing quality LGBTQ+ theatrical programming. For more information, visit proudmarytheatre.com.

Artistic Director Sandy Staggs will direct Sordid Lives and the production will include musical performances by Bitsy Mae Harling (Leslie Hendon) and Brother Boy (Scott Waddell) and a whole lotta shenanigans.

Co-starring Lori Guthrie, Jada Lashay Bell, Lori Lee, Samona McMillan, Caitlyn Keefer, Joel Perkin, J.R. Bloomer, Jenn Alynn-Perri, Ken Snart. Brock Davis, and Sun Schwalm.

Meet Noleta from ‘Sordid Lives’: Jada Lashay Bell

Jada Lashay Bell and Delta Burke as Noleta in Sordid Lives.

Proud Mary Theatre Company’s Sordid Lives, the Southern cult comedy play by Del Shores, will now be virtual and streaming August 14-16.

Jada LaShay Bell made her Proud Mary debut with the Vampire Lesbians of Sodom and will play Noleta in the upcoming Sordid Lives. She has a BFA in Theatre from Limestone College. Some of her favorite acting credits include Mattie Fae in August: Osage County, Penny in You Can’t Take It With You, Poppy in Noises Off, and Jimmy Wyvette in The Red Velvet Cake War. She has directed numerous shows at the Gaffney Little Theatre, where she serves as a board member.

In this beloved play, a colorful family from a small Texas town must come to grips with the accidental death of the elderly family matriarch during a clandestine meeting in a seedy motel room with her much younger, married neighbor. The woman’s family must deal with their own demons while preparing for what could be an embarrassing funeral.

Streaming begins Friday, August 14 at 8 pm and ends at 8 pm on Sunday, August 16. Rated PG-13. Unlimited viewing all weekend for a donation of any amount on our website at proudmarytheatre.com. Pay What You Can and help Proud Mary Theatre continue our mission of providing quality LGBTQ+ theatrical programming. For more information, visit proudmarytheatre.com.

Artistic Director Sandy Staggs will direct Sordid Lives and the production will include musical performances by Bitsy Mae Harling (Leslie Hendon) and Brother Boy (Scott Waddell) and a whole lotta shenanigans.

Co-starring Lori Guthrie, Jada Lashay Bell, Lori Lee, Samona McMillan, Caitlyn Keefer, Joel Perkin, J.R. Bloomer, Jenn Alynn-Perri, Ken Snart. Brock Davis, and Sun Schwalm.