‘Laramie Project’ Cast Spotlight: Jalen Gray

Jalen Gray

Proud Mary Theatre Company’s live production of The Laramie Project, the award-winning play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project, will be performed Outdoors at the USC Upstate Amphitheatre July 15-24, Thursdays-Saturdays @ 7 p.m.

This outdoor theatre production about the murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard in 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming, is directed by Ben Dawkins and will be performed at the USC Upstate 12-acre Susan Jacobs Arboretum which has a 300-seat amphitheater, a meandering creek lined with stones and boulders, 12 separate garden areas/plant collections of foliage indigenous to the area, and rows of Nuttall Oak trees.

Jalen Gray is a 27 year old  hip hop/ majorette dance choreographer at “Ms. Sparkle Dance Factory”, and works alongside his sister, Chanda. From Spartanburg,sc. He’s been apart of community theater for quite sometime. Some favorite roles have included Blue Stockings /Memphis the musical/A rose for Emily , and Hairspray.

The Laramie Project also features Quinn Davis, Doug Egge, Samantha Jemmott, Laura Bunn, Audrey Waldrop, Robyn Cheezum, Robert Penninger, Najee Joyner,, and Schuyler Carson-Jackson. USC Upstate alum Joanie Blackwell is stage manager.

This production is made possible by the generosity of USC Upstate, USC Upstate Theatre, Landrum Eclectics, the LGBT Fund of Spartanburg.

Thursday – Saturday @ 7 pm July 15-24, 2021
Susan Jacobs Arboretum – USC Upstate
Gramling Drive Spartanburg, SC
Tickets $15-20

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