wrote in As You Like It, “All the world’s a stage, and all the
men and women merely players.” From ancient Greek tragedy to the
contemporary Avant-garde, I adhere to the power of the written word
and its transformative qualities when those words and stories are
brought to fruition in live performance. Taking from both existing
plays and new works, the craft of theatre can alter lives and minds
and serve as a powerful critique of human nature, a catalyst for
political and social change and, sometimes, just raw entertainment.
Through the Proud Mary Theatre Company, I hope to broaden the
horizons of what fringe theatre can be and explore topics that are
rarely mined in commercial theatre in the Upstate.
Staggs earned his B.A. in Cinema at San Francisco State University
and did graduate work in Communications at San Jose State University.
A journalist since the 8th
grade at Carver Junior High School in Spartanburg, he has worked in
varying capacities as editor, writer and publisher at various
publications in California including the San Francisco Examiner, San
Francisco Bay Guardian, San Francisco Observer, Oakland Tribune, San
Mateo County Times. Past famous interviewees include Fay Wray,
Belinda Carlisle (twice!), Wanda Sykes, Dominick Dunne, Karen Black,
Hal Holbrook, Marga Gomez, Director Julie Taymor and many others.
Sandy has been published in the Greenville News, Spartanburg
Herald-Journal and the Hub City Press book “Stars Fell on
Spartanburg” (2008). Active in the Upstate theatre community,
Sandy has been a theatre critic and arts writer since 1996 and now
publishes an online niche magazine CarolinaCurtainCall.com. In August
2017, he founded the Proud Mary Theatre Company, South Carolina’s
first LGBTQ theatre company.
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