SPARTANBURG, SC – The award-winning Proud Mary Theatre Company, the Upstate’s alternative theatre, concludes its inaugural season with the hit comedy “Southern Baptist Sissies” by Del Shores (the playwright behind “Sordid Lives”) on August 3-5 in Spartanburg and August 10-12 in Greenville at two former Baptist churches.
“Southern Baptist Sissies” follows the travails of four young Texan lads as they maneuver between the teachings of the Southern Baptist faith and their budding sexuality. This coming-of-age tale is set in Calvary Baptist Church and a nightclub in Dallas.
The play features four Twenty-something Upstate actors as “the Sissies”: Brandon Mimnaugh, Andy Lecture, Damion Deslaurier and Matthew Dylan Hooper.
Featured actors include Kate Roark (director of Spartanburg Little Theatre’s “Spamalot”) as the three “Mothers” and Doug Egge (“Spamalot”) as the Calvary Baptist Preacher. Comic relief is provided by Sandy Staggs (last seen in Proud Mary’s original performance piece “Movement”) and Brigitte Staggs (USC Upstate graduate) as inebriated barflies and commentators Peanut and Odette.
“Southern Baptist Sissies” is directed by USC Upstate professor Barry Whitfield (playwright/director of Proud Mary’s world premiere of “The Kiss”).
“This play has it all: church services, scripture, a baptism, hymns, and, of course, a drag queen and a stripper,” says Artistic Director Sandy Staggs. "And both performance locations are former Baptist churches.”
“Southern Baptist Sissies is indeed a hilarious comedy, but it also contains plenty of dramatic breadth,” he added.
Proud Mary Theatre also recently announced its 2018-19 season line-up as well: the 50th anniversary production of Mart Crowley’s “The Boys in the Band,” “Blown Youth” by Dipika Guha, Anna Ziegler’s “Boy” and the company’s first musical, the Broadway smash hit “Fun Home” based on Allison Bechtel’s graphic novel and set in her family’s FUNeral home.
“Southern Baptist Sissies” is recommended for ages 16 and up. The play runs August 3-5 in Spartanburg at the West Main Artists Co-Op at 578 West Main Street, and August 10-12 at the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 1135 State Park Road in Greenville. All shows are at 8 p.m., EXCEPT for two 3 p.m. matinees: Sunday, August 5 and Saturday, August 11.
Tickets are $10 General at the door or at http://www.proudmarytheatre.com.
The mission of the Proud Mary Theatre Company, a non-profit and non-professional theatre, is to present LGBTQ+ voices and stories in Spartanburg and the entire Upstate region through innovative theatrical plays: compelling dramas, rib-tickling comedies, campy musicals, and local original works and avant-garde pieces that celebrate diversity and tolerance.
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