SPARTANBURG, SC – The award-winning Proud Mary Theatre Company is proud to announce its 2018-19 Season of exciting plays.
Proud Mary will produce the regional premiere of the new updated THE BOYS IN THE BAND by Mart Crowley in late October 2018. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first modern gay play that is actually making its Broadway premiere right now with an all-gay cast starring Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto and Matt Bomer. Set in 1968 just before Stonewall, “The Boys in the Band” has a cast of 9 men at a birthday party where the insults flow as freely as the booze. It’s a “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” meets “La Cage Aux Folles.”
And this play will be helmed by one of the Upstate’s finest and most beloved directors, John Fagan, now approaching his 20th year as producing director of the Warehouse Theatre’s Upstate Shakespeare Festival.
In the company’s women’s play BLOWN YOUTH by Dipika Guha, an aspiring actress and founder of a feminist commune, Celia wants one thing: to play a great role. But despite her sophisticated education and commitment to helping women, Celia, like Hamlet before her, cannot act. Inspired by Shakespeare and set in those hazy post-college years, “Blown Youth” examines what happens to the universe when a woman is at its center. This play features a cast of 7 women and will be presented in late January 2019.
Anna Ziegler’s “Boy” is the season’s Trans play. Inspired by a true story, a well-intentioned doctor In the 1960s convinces the parents of a male infant to raise their son as a girl after a botched circumcision. Two decades later, the repercussions of that choice continue to unfold amongst the tricky terrain of finding love and the confusion of sexual identity. This play will in June 2019.
And capping the year in August 2019 will be Proud Mary’s first-ever musical – the Broadway smash hit FUN HOME in the South Carolina community theatre premiere. “Fun Home” is based on Allison Bechtel’s graphic novel and set in her family’s FUNeral home. Shifting in time, this heartbreaking and affecting musical depicts her at three different ages as she remembers and confronts her relationship with her gay father and her own coming of age. “Fun Home” will be directed by Kate Roark, who helmed Proud Mary’s popular “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche” in February, and “Spamalot” at Spartanburg Little Theatre last year.
“We are so delighted about this slate of shows,” said Artistic Director Sandy Staggs. “We have such a diverse program and these are some incredible stories to tell.”
Season tickets are only $40 and can be purchased at http://www.proudmarytheatre.com.