Proud Mary Theatre Wins Matching Grant from Chapman Cultural Center

The Proud Mary Theatre Company, South Carolina’s first and only theatre group devoted exclusively to LGBTQ+ Stories and Voices, is proud to announce the company has received a matching grant for $1,100 for its first MainStage show, “I Am My Own Wife” by Doug Wright, on Nov.1-11 in Spartanburg and Greenville.

“We are thrilled that the Spartanburg Arts Community is lending its support to the LGBTQ community and our endeavor,” says Artistic Director Sandy Staggs.

“This grant will also allow us to launch our season and take our first show to the state level at the South Carolina Theatre Association Community Theatre Festival,” Staggs said.

“However, this is a matching grant so we still need some assistance from the community to reach our fundraising goal,” he added.

“We have set up a GoFundMe page and any contribution is appreciated,” he said. “And contributors can make an anonymous donation if they wish.”

Proud Mary Theatre Company has already hosted three events including Drag Queen Storytime with Princess Onya and a staging of “The Gay Marriage Plays” and is planning more including staged readings and a “Gay on Broadway” musical evening.”

“In our first MainStage season, Proud Mary will also present a hilarious award-winning lesbian comedy, a campy Southern satire with music and a drag queen, and a local original avant-garde piece created by one the Upstate’s best-known directors,” he added.

“Everyone is welcome at the Proud Mary Theatre Company, both on stage and in the audience.”

Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, “I Am My Own Wife” is based on a true story, and inspired by interviews conducted by the playwright. Our debut show stars Upstate actor Dave LaPage (recently in “Death and the Maiden” and “Am I Dead?” at Centre Stage and “Important Hats of the Twentieth Century” at The Warehouse Theatre) in 30 different roles in this fascinating tale of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a real-life German Transwoman (a self-described transvestite) who managed to survive both the Nazis and the East German Communist regime, as well as operate a museum and an underground gay and lesbian support group.

Robert Fuson (Guerrilla Shakespeare Company’s “Romeo and Juliet” and “To Feel Together: A One-Woman Show on Consent” and Edward Albee’s “Zoo Story” at The Warehouse Theatre) will direct.

All shows are at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Dates are Nov. 1-3, 2017 at Unitarian Universalist Church, 210 Henry Place, Spartanburg and Nov. 10-11, 2017 at The Ninjaplex, 188 Kerns Ave., Greenville.
Tickets are $10 and available at

This program is funded in part by Chapman Cultural Center, its donors, the County and City of Spartanburg and the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.
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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