Michel Colletti to Direct ‘Rachels’ in ‘The P Grabber Plays’

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 streaming on August 27 just as the Assaulter-in-Chief accepts the GOP nomination for president.

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 eight 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.

Michel Colletti will direct Rachels, based on the bravery of Rachel Crooks and written by Halley Feiffer. Three actors portray Rachel at different ages and the play is the only one to include a male role, simply called Loving Boyfriend.

Michele and her husband relocated to Greenville in 2016 and she was eager to start performing again after a hiatus raising her 3 children and enjoying a successful 25 year career in nonprofit education, including one she founded in 2003, Footlights Center for Performing Arts now in its 17th year at the YMCA in Hartford, CT. You have seen her at Centre Stage in Sister Act, Mamma Mia and Good People, among others and has recently directed Sean Grennan’s virtual play “Couples for Centre Stage and Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre.

Tickets for The Pussy Grabber Plays go on sale Monday, August 17. The Pussy Grabber Plays will stream Thursday, August 27 @ 8 pm -Sunday, August 30 @ midnight.

Caroline Jane Davis to Direct ‘Five Beauty Queens Walk Into a Bar’

Caroline Jane Davis

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 streaming on August 27 just as the Assaulter-in-Chief accepts the GOP nomination for president.


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 eight 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.

Caroline Davis will direct Five Beauty Queens Walk Into a Bar, based on the bravery of Tasha Dixon and written by Julia Brownell. The play features a diverse cast playing Miss South Carolina, Miss Texas, Miss Arizona, Miss Michigan, and Miss Maine.

Caroline Jane Davis holds an MFA in Performance and Pedagogy from Texas Tech University. She is now a Visiting Lecturer of Theatre Arts and the Accessibility Coordinator at Furman University, where most recently she directed The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe. Favorite projects include Detroit (Sharon) at Centre Stage, Mr. Burns: a post-electric play (director) at Texas Tech University, and John Proctor is the Villain (dramaturg) at Furman University.

Tickets for The Pussy Grabber Plays go in sale Monday, August 17. The Pussy Grabber Plays will stream Thursday, August 27 @ 8 pm -Sunday, August 30 @ midnight.

Proud Mary Theatre Seeks Women Actors, Singers Directors for Virtual ‘The Pussy Grabber Plays’

Proud Mary Theatre Company Seeks Brave Women Actors, Singers, Directors now for our virtual production and fundraiser for Planned Parenthood, The Pussy Grabber Plays (Stories Inspired by the Women Who Came Forward.

This bold and powerful all-woman production will stream on August 27 just as the Assaulter-in-Chief accepts the GOP nomination for president.

Women or Women-Identifying actors,singers, directors, directors needed ASAP. Women of color encouraged to apply. Color Conscious Casting!!!

This is 100% volunteer and 100% of proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood of South Carolina.

PLAYS AND ROLES ARE BELOW

Submit your bio/resume, headshot and role you are interested to Sandy Staggs at sandy@proudmarytheatre.com. For Five Beauty Queens Walk Into a Bar, please email Director Caroline Davis at carolinejdavis2130@gmail.com.

For the latest updates on our Virtual play series or season announcements, visit our website at http://proudmarytheatre.com or Facebook Page.

ABOUT THE PLAY
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 premiered at Joe’s Pub at New York’s Public Theater on January 14, 2019. Over 75 volunteers came together to create, direct, produce, act, design and support the show. Six of the seven women whose bravery inspired the plays were able to attend, and joined the casts onstage for a standing ovation from a sold-­‐out house at the end of the night.

PLAYS & ROLES AVAILABLE

Troublemaker
Based on the bravery of Jill Harth 
By Sharyn Rothstein 
JILL HARTH is in her 50s, but looks much younger. She’s funny, charming, vivacious. She has had a truly painful year, and that also shows, just underneath. Jill is an incredibly dynamic storyteller, and she should take on the role of the people she talks about onstage (ie stepping into her version of Trump when talking about him).

LUANNE is also in her 50s. She’s smart, impenetrable. She represents a number of women, some of whom have been working for Trump for decades. Just imagine..

Five Beauty Queens Walk Into a Bar
Based on the bravery of Tasha Dixon
By Julia Brownell
Directed by Caroline Davis
SOME ROLES ARE AVAILABLE
Miss South Carolina: blonde, smart
Miss Texas: an entitled beauty queen
Miss Arizona, thoughtful, Cuban-American
Miss Michigan: African American, works at a non-profit 
Miss Maine: magnetic

Sat Nam
Based on the bravery of Karena Virginia
By Anna Ziegler
M: A woman in her 70s, posh, British accent
K: An American in her 30s-40s, graceful and elegant—but timid

Jessica
Based on the bravery of Jessica Leeds
By Bess Wohl
Jessica: 70s, silver-haired, centered and definitely real 
Megyn Kelly: 40s, blonde, killer, and possibly imaginary

Rachels
Based on the bravery of Rachel Crooks
By Halley Feiffer
Directed by Michele Colletti 
ALL ROLES CAST

MISS USA (A One-Song Musical)
Based on the bravery of Sam Holvey
Music & Lyrics by Sharon Kenny
Book by Sharyn Rothstein 
Sam: 30, strong and athletic, but recently very ill (sings) 
Maureen: 30s-60s, a nurse, funny and wise (sings)

Credible Women
Inspired by the women who haven’t come forward
Seeking Director and Cast of color
By Sam Chase
Han: woman of color, 30s-40s, unfussy, unprecious, matter of fact, breezily precise Someone: woman of color, 30s, perhaps same race as Han, comic ability

THE INTERVIEW (A One-Song Musical)
Based on the bravery of Natasha Stoynoff
Lyrics and Book by Natasha Stoynoff 
Music and Additional Lyrics by Melissa Li
Natasha: witty, rueful, and pissed off (sings, ideally a high C